Gun safe on carpet

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  1. DarinCraft

    DarinCraft New Member

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    My father in law put his gun safe in his living room until he could get a closet cleaned out. Well weeks turned to months and when we finally moved the safe there was a rusty moldy stain the size of the safe in the carpet.

    I am in the process of moving my safe from the garage into the house, but I want to put something under it to prevent this from happening to my carpet?

    I've heard another piece of carpet turned over between the carpet and the safe. A piece of linoleum or some other piece of plastic. No one I know has actually tried these though. Any thoughts?

    thanks
    Darin
     
  2. jca1

    jca1 New Member

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    I'd go for the linoleum or a piece of plywood.
     

  3. mach1337

    mach1337 New Member

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    personally id say linoleum or something else thats smooth and would slide if you wanted/needed it too.
     
  4. jca1

    jca1 New Member

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    That's an excellent point ^. With linoleum if you wanted to move the safe it would slide easier across the carpet with the linoleum under it.
     
  5. Shihan

    Shihan Active Member Lifetime Supporter

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  6. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    i put a 4x4 the length of the safe on each side under mine and its sitting on bare concrete.
     
  7. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    One of the things we face in the southern states is the lack of a moisture barrier between the concrete slab and padding to the carpet. Placing linoleum on the carpet may help or it may keep moisture in the carpet (resulting in mold).
     
  8. Dillinger

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    It also makes it easier to slide right over to the slider and right out onto a waiting truck. :eek:

    My recommendation hit a Feed and Seed store and look for a product called Stall Matting. Keeps horses' hooves from getting damaged by concrete or rocks. The stuff is about 1/2" thick of recycled rubber. You can drill right through it into floor studs, if you want, and it will withstand just about anything.

    Here are some shots of some of the stuff I used in the Tomahawk Testing thread.

    http://www.firearmstalk.com/forums/f100/ftfs-tomahawk-tests-33853/index7.html

    I would HIGHLY recommend setting a safe on this as opposed to just plain carpet if concrete isn't an option.

    JD
     
  9. DarinCraft

    DarinCraft New Member

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    Yeah with the temp changes around here I don't want it in the garage anymore, so I wanted to move it inside. The only areas in my house that I can put the safe have carpet. I'll try a stall mat, I've got a couple hundred of those laying around that my horses have destroyed.

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  10. Poink88

    Poink88 New Member

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    Right. It is better to get it elevated a bit so the carpet can "breathe" and let the moisture escape. Use 4 of the large moving sliders and leave it on them.
     
  11. FCross7

    FCross7 New Member

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    Another option are the plastic carpet liners. The kind you get at an office store to protect the floor from a computer chair. You can also get it by the foot(usually 3 foot wide), at hardware stores. I work at an Ace Hardware, and we sell a few different styles.

    -Fred
     
  12. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

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    Now you're making me nervous.