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Secret Room Construction- OK.. tell me this DOESN'T have you thinking...

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by JWarren, Jan 27, 2008.

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  1. JWarren

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    Isn't it ironic that it's opened by pulling a Sherlock Holmes book?
     
  3. Cannonball888

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    It has me thinking I saw one at Kessler's home :D

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  4. Rembrandt

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    Always thought this was a classy one.... hiddenwall2.gif

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  5. Rule556

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    Of what use is a "secret" room if you post details about it on the 'net?
     
  6. Javelin

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    Yeah! I mean it would be really easy to find the house somewhere in the country that has it.

    :)
     
  7. TexasRifleman

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    He said it was just done so he could get to the hot water heater.

    Prolly not a tactical water heater I'm guessing......
     
  8. Alan Fud

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    I recognize these images. They are from a website that builds secret rooms for people and these are examples of their work. I know because I've been interested in secret rooms ever since watching Dark Shadows in the 1960's.

    For a cost perspective, the time to do this is if you are having a new house built because the costs will pretty much be the same with or without the secret roo. To add it later will be costly and it will be unlikely that one will get that investment back on a resale unless the person buying it is also interested in a secret room.
     
  9. Eightball

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    Hmmmm.....awesome. I wonder if you could seal that secret room against moisture, make it a giant safe. No one expects secret rooms to be in houses anymore.

    Or even better, have that be the secret entryway into the basement--more uses in a complete basement than a hot water heater.
     
  10. Deer Hunter

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    I'm going to hve one in my dream house.

    Which construction will be complete on when I'm 60.
     
  11. Working Man

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    Not a secret room but a braging room. ;)
    Nothing tatic-cool about.... unless you are into hot water.
     
  12. primer

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    There was a movie a couple years ago, I think it had Jodie Foster in it. It was about a safe room. Basically anytime someone tried to break into your home you could hide your family in the room. I don't think it's a bad idea. If the room was made right you could also you it as a tornado shelter . I would like to have one in my next home. I would build it out of steel and wire in a separate phone line to call the police in case of an emergency. If it's bolted to the slab and has a door that can be locked from the inside it would be a great way to safeguard your family. As long as the invader can't get in.
     
  13. W.E.G.

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    All in all, a Radio Shack alarm system, any noisy dog with decent hearing, and a 12 gauge shotgun will do 99% of what the secret room will do, and you can take the alarm, the dog, and the shotgun with you when you move.

    I used to (try to) watch "Dark Shadows" too.

    OMG that was a boring show.

    The Jodie Foster movie was OK, except for the fact that there were no WEAPONS in the room.

    Jodie is a big-time anti IIRC.
     
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    In a very large house I built this summer, the owner was having a secret room put in for guns and other valuables. Not sure how he's going to disguise it though.
     
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    I think it's pretty cool. If he ever converted to one of those tankless water heaters, he'd have a nifty hiding place. I do think that in time, the casters might leave a tell tale mark on the wood floor, that would give the whole thing away.

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    <Toughguy mode> The invader would need a secret room to hide from us! </Toughguy mode>
     
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    Well my wife is a little scared of guns. If I'm offshore and somebody breaks in it would be a great place for my family to hide. Now if I'm home, that's a different story. If the invader breaks in I'll be waiting on him and my family will be in the saferoom.
     
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    Very cool, but not very secure. Burglars dump bookshelves, file cabinets, and such. They see a book that doesn't want to come off, and they'll probably start thinking there's something valuable (other than the water heater) behind the shelf.

    Still cool though.

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    We had a "secret" room in one house. It was also a bookshelf, but the bookshelf pushed inwards. We always thought it was pretty neat.
     
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    One thing about secret rooms:



    Don't Freakin' Tell ANYONE About It.


    Just within 20 miles of me, I know of TWO people who have "secret" vault rooms built into their homes.

    One, a member of my community recently built his house. He showed it to several people, and I've heard about it from several difference sources even though I've never been in his home.


    Another... a guy I used to know years ago... built a house. He showed it to only a couple people that he trusted. However, one of the people that he trusted also trusts ME. So he told me about it while he was contracted on my home restoration.

    Now, I'd never do anything to this guy, and I am not of the character that I would harm him or his property. But I DON'T LIKE the guy. I didn't 20 years ago. I didn't 10 years ago. I don't today. Incidently, that guy doesn't LIKE me either. And I am certain that I would be on the list of people that he would not want to know things about him. And yet, I do.

    People YOU trust may trust people that you DON'T trust, like, or want to deal with. People YOU trust may tell a person who does not value your privacy as much as you would like. People YOU trust may have kids who later become Crack or Meth addicts.


    Build it, Hide it, and Zip it!


    -- John
     
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    You can't use carpenters either. They talk it up.
     
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    Yep...that's who told me about the guy's stuff in the above post-- carpenters working on my house.


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    Definitely need to keep the secret room a secret. Do the construction yourself, don't show it off to friends & family. It'd be a great place to keep your safe, so that people who come to your house don't know you have a gun safe, like the ones in this thread
     
  24. JeremySmith

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    I put one in a house I designed years ago, but it was only on the owner's drawings. It showed up as a study niche off of one of the halls on the plans the contractor's plans. I'd detailed up a pivoting shelf mechanism that would have allowed a fully functional bookcase (books are heavy! I calced it at close to 2500# full!) to have been unlatched and pivoted by just about anyone. And yes, it did involve a pivoting wall light fixture. I don't know if the owner ever completed it, but I'd suggested bringing in an out-of-state contractor to do the work. I've always been a fan of hollow walls that would access a room on another level. It's usually pretty easy to find extra space if the entrance is on the same level. A little hard to do in modern houses, but you could make it to where you had to crawl through a crawlspace or attic.
     
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    If I had extra money I would build one
     
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