Urban Survival Day 38 – Build an Outlet Safe

Posted: March 31, 2013 in Survival/Self Defense
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Hope everyone had a good Easter.  Mine was pretty relaxing and all I seemed to do was eat (I’m not complaining) but tomorrow we start the work week once again.  Maybe today’s tip will give you a project you can work on throughout the week to make things less dull.

38)  Build an Outlet Safe

If you don’t have the luxury of owning a wall safe, why not build yourself a smaller, less expensive version?  Outlet safes are affordable and easy to install.  And hiding your valuables behind what looks like an electrical outlet will fool most people.  Here are the steps recomended in the book, Urban Survival Guide, by Rich Johnson:

Get your parts:  Find your local hardware store and get “a faceplate, a residential-grade volt receptacle, a cut-in-box, and sme roofing nails and washers”.
Cut your hole:  Trace your “cut-in-box” on the wall where you wish to install it.  Using a drywall saw, cut out the hole.
Insert your box:  Insert your cut-in-box into the hole and fill it with whatever valuables you wish to hide.
Prepare the receptacle:  The receptacle has a hole on both the top and bottom.  Slide the nails through your washers and then through these holes.
Attach the receptacle:  “Attach the receptacle to the box by sliding the nails into the [cut-in-box’s] top and bottom holes”.
Cover with the faceplate:  “Screw the faceplate onto the receptacle”.

There you have it.  This week while you’re out and about, grab the supplies you need and get to work.  I’m lucky enough to have a full sized safe in my home, but for those of you who don’t this is certainly an economical method to secure your small valuables.


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