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Nov 09, 2012 15:56 |  #16

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Keep in mind that you will be putting other valuables in the safe so get one larger than what you think you'll need. Some insurance companies might even give you a discount because you have a safe.

I use the large silica bags (in boxes) to soak up any moisture rather than an electrical device. In 25 yrs I've not had any moisture damage problems. When the indicator turns pink (instead of blue) you put the bags in the oven for a few hours and that drys it out and it's good for another 3-4 months. Got mine at Cabela's.

Always go bigger. Much bigger.

A good safe, especially if you are INVESTING in something in the 1,000 pound range will last you a lifetime and then some.

Everyone has personal preferences but I like the combo dial. The ones in the 800+ pound range have locking dials and you can 'day lock' them.

Electronic locks lose a layer of security and eventually, they will fail. With combo locks they will last for thousands of openings and as they start to fail, you will notice it. It won't be like the electronic where one day the just stop working.

Anyway, it's a great idea. Maybe you'll get a gun or two to help defend yourself and the house too ;)


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Nov 09, 2012 18:14 |  #17

Here in the UK if you want to store guns then they have to be in a steel cabinet Rawlbolted to the wall. My gun cabinet (made by a local steel fabricator) holds all my camera gear in backpacks, though I intend to put in shelves soon. I don't worry about the weight of the cabinet as it is fixed to a 2 foot thick stone wall (the norm in my part of the world). I have had 4 burglaries - they have looked but haven't even bothered trying to get into it!


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Nov 09, 2012 18:26 as a reply to  @ johnf3f's post |  #18

Me to, in the gun safe.
next to is just as $$$$$ . in guns
not the best but 5 foot tall and heavy.
stops the fast and grab.
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Nov 09, 2012 19:23 |  #19

Doesn't everybody keep Canons in their gun safe? :)


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Nov 09, 2012 19:50 |  #20

I have an old Liberty safe that we have in our storm shelter which is a 12"x12" cast concrete room in the house. We have a goldenrod heater in ours for humidity control.

don't get too over confident in fire ratings in safes. Everyone that I know that has had a house fire that has a safe in it everything inside it was still cooked. This is one of the reason we have ours in the storm room to reduce the fire risk.

I do also have $8000 worth the insurance on my gear that costs me $100 a year. Can't beat that at all.


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Nov 10, 2012 11:12 |  #21

jakefreese wrote in post #15228171 (external link)
I have an old Liberty safe that we have in our storm shelter which is a 12"x12" cast concrete room in the house. We have a goldenrod heater in ours for humidity control.

don't get too over confident in fire ratings in safes. Everyone that I know that has had a house fire that has a safe in it everything inside it was still cooked. This is one of the reason we have ours in the storm room to reduce the fire risk.

I do also have $8000 worth the insurance on my gear that costs me $100 a year. Can't beat that at all.

A good friend had his house burn to the ground, he was on a cruise so I dealt with the firemen and finding and getting his safe opened. The fire was hot enough to melt the wheels on the car in the garage and warp the table on his table saw, the firemen told me there was a "lot of fuel". I found his safe, it was pretty easy to find in the garage, the firemen opened it and while ammo in ammo cans in it had "cooked off (bullets had popped out) the stock certificates he had stored in it were fine. A little singed on the edges but good enough to use. It did it's job.




  
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Nov 10, 2012 21:46 as a reply to  @ rick_reno's post |  #22

Igot my gun safe at a local gun store. I keep guns, camera gear and other things in it. I have it bolted to the wall.

Just remember what ever you do and get it is just a deterrent. If someone whats it or in it bad enough and has the time and tools they can get it or in it.


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Nov 10, 2012 22:27 |  #23

I put all my lens and bodies inside airtight plastic container, with a rechargeable dehumidifier.
Very convinient for thieves to carry out of the house. :)
I only put them inside the safe when I'm gone for a long time - not that it matters anyway, since I've other more expensive toys inside the house for the thieves to clean up anyway. They need to defeat the home alarm first tho.


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Nov 10, 2012 22:36 |  #24

I use a Craftsman locking tool chest with drawers.




  
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Nov 10, 2012 22:47 |  #25

Everyone should have a safe, it's not just for guns and cameras. Rule of thumb is to spend as much on a safe as the value of it's contents, since you'd spend that much to replace the items in a worst case scenario anyways. Get one twice as big as you think you would need, they fill up quick. Have it bolted down, some foundations can be damaged if you dont know what you're doing, and face it against load bearing walls so that prying it open is difficult. Important documents go inside a mini fire rated lockbox, and then that goes in the safe, don't know if it would make a difference, but I feel better stacking extra protection.


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Nov 10, 2012 22:58 |  #26

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Nov 10, 2012 23:16 |  #27

we sell liberty safes branded for John Deere. They all carry a fire rating which is based on how long paper will last in the safe in a 1200 degree fire. If you are storing items such as disks they need the extra protection of a media cooler to keep them safe.




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Nov 11, 2012 01:02 |  #28

trainwrecker556 wrote in post #15231643 (external link)
Everyone should have a safe, it's not just for guns and cameras. Rule of thumb is to spend as much on a safe as the value of it's contents, since you'd spend that much to replace the items in a worst case scenario anyways. Get one twice as big as you think you would need, they fill up quick. Have it bolted down, some foundations can be damaged if you dont know what you're doing, and face it against load bearing walls so that prying it open is difficult. Important documents go inside a mini fire rated lockbox, and then that goes in the safe, don't know if it would make a difference, but I feel better stacking extra protection.

I don't necessarily agree. If I have say $30,000 in camera gear, I'm not going to buy a $30,000 safe. Why? Because insurance for that much is cheaper and will replace it all.




  
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Nov 11, 2012 01:51 |  #29

Well, of course, it's not a law or a hard rule, more a saying that promotes buying quality. Most people aren't gonna build a full vault. There are also ripple effects. By not having a safe, or an easily defeatable safe, victims make burglary a profitable endeavor. What a criminal gains from it can be worse than what you lose. Since they got such a nice payday the first time, it's likely they will target that same house again, and the harm suffered may be worse than financial. Having said that, everyone is free to do and buy whatever they are comfortable with. In the end, I just want everyone to be "safe" haha.


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Nov 11, 2012 07:54 as a reply to  @ trainwrecker556's post |  #30

As others have said, get it bigger than you think you will ever need. Besides allowing room for more camera gear, you will use the safe to store many more items than you think you will. Important papers, computer backups, software, jewelry, watches and more.


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