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    Drilling a Safe

    Gents,
    I have the option of getting a large free standing safe that I could use a gun safe, it is very heavy but does not have any fixing holes. It is 10mm steel walls.
    The questions , Is it possible to drill fixing holes about 10mm diameter with standard DIY equipment, or would it need specialist equipment

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    Quote Originally Posted by needsy View Post
    Gents,
    I have the option of getting a large free standing safe that I could use a gun safe, it is very heavy but does not have any fixing holes. It is 10mm steel walls.
    The questions , Is it possible to drill fixing holes about 10mm diameter with standard DIY equipment, or would it need specialist equipment
    check with your local police first if they're happy with a freestanding. One of mine weights over 400kg and had to be bolted to the wall. personally, if you've got a good electric cable screwdriver and get the right hole cutting jig from your local blacksmith, you're fine.

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    you should have no issues, start off small drill around 6mm and work up also use some cutting oil, atb wayne

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    Cut slower rather than faster and use some rocol - if you could hire a mag drill then that would benefit you greatly and probably mean you break less drills!
    For Gods sake - don't tell her how much I've spent

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    The rear of old safes can be a different, softer material, that was why they were bolted to the wall.
    A smart cracker would lever it off the wall and go in the back. *

    You could mount it against the wall, cut off the head of a bolt and suplerglue it onto the inside of the safe wall.
    I doubt very much that the feo or anybody else would be able to shift the thing in either case.
    Not that I am suggesting you do that of course.


    * allegedly
    Last edited by private fraser; 03-04-2015 at 11:02.
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    Quote Originally Posted by private fraser View Post
    The rear of old safes can be a different, softer material, that was why they were bolted to the wall.
    A smart cracker would lever it off the wall and go in the back. *

    You could mount it against the wall, cut off the head of a bolt and suplerglue it onto the inside of the safe wall.
    I doubt very much that the feo or anybody else would be able to shift the thing in either case.
    Not that I am suggesting you do that of course.


    * allegedly
    I know my FEO very well & would class him as a friend. I have a great deal of respect & trust in him, I wouldn't do that to him

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    Of course not, it's a silly idea.
    Even though some of what I call the Jesse James jobs weigh a ton.
    Last edited by private fraser; 03-04-2015 at 14:10.
    "Don't say I didnae warn ye !"

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    weld rag studs on the back , drill the wall then fill with a two pack epoxy and bar the safe into position

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    Quote Originally Posted by bruce w View Post
    weld rag studs on the back , drill the wall then fill with a two pack epoxy and bar the safe into position
    Ideal solution then have the rest of the day off..

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    Drilling 10mm plate is no hardship will take only a few minutes lol

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