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Old 08-27-2019, 01:06 PM   #1
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Turning a closet into a gun vault

Does anyone out there know of a company in the Houston area that specializes in turning a closet into a gun vault?

Or any DIY'ers that have completed the same task?
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Old 08-27-2019, 04:05 PM   #2
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We did this to an extra bedroom in our house by installing a steel exterior door in place of the standard interior door and putting a keyed deadbolt on it. Does this stop someone from breaking through the sheetrock? no it does not, but definitely slows them down significantly. If you really wanted to make it a true strongbox, you line the interior will some thin/light gauge steel plates.

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IMO, the best way is to put a gun safe in the closet. Lock up the really valuable stuff in the safe. You can fire proof the remaining closet/room in a number of ways that will allow the remainder of the room to be an effective "safe" room, just not "vault" safe.

Lining the walls/ceiling with type X 5/8" fire rated sheet rock, metal or Plastic laminated or fiberglass door fire rated door are a couple of ways to accomplish it.

You could even sandwich a piece of 3/4" fire rated plywood between two sheets of type x sheetrock for an extra "safe" layer. Ever tried to bust through plywood when you weren't expecting to encounter it? Not too easy. Throw in a really thin layer of metal sheathing outside of the plywood for even more "safe" walls. And don't forget the ceilings.
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I built the cabinet first and then inserted it in the closet ..
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I found a 90 minute fire rated steel door and frame that will work for my application.

Do you guys think using fire rated sheet rock or Cement (hardie type) Board would work better? When I remove the sheet rock now and replace it with either the fire rated sheet rock or cement board....if I can put double layers with a layer of sheet metal between them.
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In the 30 yrs of building and remodeling I have come up with some cool things for my customers security wise when they would ask.
Crawl spaces for them room to room stuff.
Custom cabs/mods etc.
Wall stuff.

I think you are headed in the right direction.
If you need any help feel free to pm me and talk about it.

Modifying a cab now with a "hide my stuff thing" for a customer.

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I sandwiched steel lathe between 2 layers of 5/8 plywood on all walls and ceiling then install a heavy duty fire rated steel door with an electronic lock -- if I had it to do all over again I would have added a false book case (murphy door) in front of it as well.
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I've been trying to do the same thing with a closet. What I am running into is finding a steel door that looks like a closet door in the right size. I think the door is about 28...
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