How to Install a Safe to the Floor

Written by kimbry parker
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If you have a small, free-standing safe in your home, it is easy for a thief to walk away with the safe and your possessions. By installing the safe to the floor, you can eliminate this risk. Most safes are equipped with a hole and bolts to mount them.

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Things you need

  • Black marker
  • Scissors
  • Drill bit
  • Drill
  • Hammer
  • Vacuum cleaner

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  1. 1

    Place the safe on the floor where you intend to mount it. Put it in a discreet location, such as a closet, to keep it hidden from visitors or intruders.

  2. 2

    Open the door to the safe and locate the mounting hole, or holes. If you have a fireproof safe, the hole will likely be in the centre. For a non-fireproof safe, there should be mounting holes in each corner.

  3. 3

    Dot the floor with a black marker where the mounting hole is located.

  4. 4

    Remove the safe from the installation area. For carpeted floors, cut a portion of the carpet slightly larger than a quarter where the hole will be.

  5. 5

    Match the bolt that comes with the safe to a drill bit that is the correct size. If you are drilling into a concrete foundation, you will need to use a concrete drill bit. You can take the bolt to a hardware store to match the bit if you do not have one that fits.

  6. 6

    Drill the hole where you made the mark. Vacuum any dust that may have accumulated in the hole.

  7. 7

    Position the safe over the hole and line it up.

  8. 8

    Push the bolt through the safe into the hole. It is an anchor-style bolt, so you may need to use a hammer to tap it into the floor.

  9. 9

    Tighten the nut on top of the bolt.

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