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  1. #11
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Tejas - home of SRV!


    I've got access locally to all kinds of trinkets that could be used as bolt-bars etc such as stainless roundbar and other things. As far as an inner box goes, it's in the plan and was gonna use sheetrock between the two. Can't go the weight route because of the final location, doubt the floor would hold it, house is on peirs and thinkin' about puttin' it upstairs too.

    What's that lil square halfway up the vertical piece that holds the boltbars in alignment? Is it a retainer to keep everything semi tight?


  2. #12
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    DFW area


    Quote Originally Posted by tbird View Post
    What's that lil square halfway up the vertical piece that holds the boltbars in alignment? Is it a retainer to keep everything semi tight?

    The little square is just a tab welded onto the door's frame that is tapped to hold a 8-32 x 3/8ths screw that helps hold on the inside door cover panel. There is one every 2 feet or so to hold the pannel on.

    The big block/square to the rear of the lock cover (which is totally unnecessary, and most vaults don't have a cover over the lock once the inside sheet metal pannel is removed) is just the stop for the bolts. The big block (6" piece of 3" channel stock) keeps the bolts & the bar holding them from going back too far and falling out of thier guide holes.

    Being hollow, or a tube, it sounds really cool when the bolt bar goes back and slams into it. You'd think there was 1,000 pounds of steel moving/slamming around in there...... LOL

    Behind the lock's cover,, that long horiz. bar you see continues on under the cover until it hits the big square there at the back end near the hinge side of the door. The lock box is mounted so that the tab or lock's locking bolt drops up & down into- or out of a notch cut in it. When the lock's tab is retracted, the bolt bar is released, or 'un-jammed' I guess you'd say, and the outside handle can move the bolt bar back & forth.

    Also under the lock's cover plate is a 're-locker' device. If the lock gets 'punched' out, or beat on enough through the spindle hole to fracture it's back cover, or disturb its mounting screws,,,a spring loaded steel pin is released into another notch in the bolt bar. Then, the safe is really!! locked.

    If the relocker fires.......... to open it you'll need to bring some sandwhiches and a drink along with plenty of power tools--- you're gonna be there awhile..
    "Gone are the days of wooden ships, and Iron men.
    I doubt we'll see either of their likes again".

    Circa 1920.
    Unknown US Coast Guard unit Commander.

  3. #13
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Island Falls Maine


    I think you will have your work cut out for you to find a desghin that works for you.

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