How to Install a Wall Safe
By David Gallagher
, last updated September 28, 2011
A wall safe is great way keep your valuables safe and your mind at ease. The installation is so quick and easy you will spend more time picking out the art work to hang over the safe.
First you need to locate two studs in that wall area you have choosen. You can locate the studs with a stud finder, which can be purchased at any hardware store. Make sure to not use any wall space above electrical sockets. You can use a dry wall knife to make a small hole that is large enough to find any pumbing or eletrical obstructions. If the area is not clear simply find another wall space and repair the small hole later.
Now that you have found the perfect wall space we will need to mark a starting point next to one stud, start with the desired height of the bottom right corner. Some safes include a tracer or template that can be taped to wall. If your safe does not you can simply take the measurements of the safe with a measureing tape and transfer the dimesions on the wall. When taping the tracer to the wall or using the measuring tape method, make sure to use a level tool to ensure perfect form. Now carefully use your dry wall knife to cut around the tracer. Remove the dry wall that has been cut out. Depending on the size of the safe you may need to add wood shims so the safe can sit snug between the studs.
Place the safe into the wall and look for holes on both sides of the safe, you need to mark these holes with a pencil. Take the safe out and drill starter holes on the pencil marks on the stud so you do not split the wood studs. Place the safe back in the wall and use a rachet to secure bolts into the studs. Now your safe sits securely in the walland you may place any valuables in the safe. Clean up any mess from the dry wall and repair any holes with spackle.