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    Default Best way to secure a gun safe to a concrete floor?

    I got a gun safe yesterday and put it in my basement. Before I load it up I need to find a way to secure it to the floor. Does anyone have any good ideas on how to do it?

    I was thinking about using expansion bolts but I would prefer to use something that is not 99.9% permanent in case I need to move the safe to another location. Would it make sense to use some kind of an anchor with a machine bolt or would it be enough to bolt it directly into the concrete without using an anchor? Also, what is the typical thickness of a basement floor? It would really suck if I drilled too deep and went right through it.

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    How much does the safe weigh?

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    I've given this some thought as well. You really want to make is secure as possible. Most floors should be 3-4" thick. I wouldn't worry about going thru it... heck my well hose goes thru the bottom of mine now. I'd be inclined to cut out a 4"x4" hole, and fill it with cement with a big ass hook or two to attach to the safe.

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    Drill a hole, pack hydraulic concrete around an anchor. If you go to move, just remove the bolts.

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    Lugnut is correct that most floors will be 3-4" thick.

    My buddy secured mine. He drilled into the floor using a hammer drill. Then used an expanding anchor with a bolt head. As you turn the bolt head, the anchor expands. He used something like this: http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/...10000003+90401

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    I just installed a safe with 4 expansion bolts into the concrete slab in the basement. The worst part was hitting some stone aggregate at two of the holes and beating up a masonry bit.

    When you want to remove the safe, cut the bolts off flush with the slab. Who cares what it looks like after, it's the basement.

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    I filled mine with so many guns that it's too heavy to move.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fsorrent View Post
    How much does the safe weigh?
    It either weighs 530 or 570 lbs. I can't remember at the moment.
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    Thanks everyone. I am going to stop by Home Depot on the way home and see what they've got.
    “Laws that forbid the carrying of arms . . . disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes . . . Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man" -- Cesare Beccaria

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    If this is going in the basement and it's possible, you should consider securing it to the concrete wall instead of the floor (though both wouldn't hurt). That way you'll have thicker concrete to anchor to and less possible leverage if someone tried to tip it over.

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