Calguns.net  

Home My iTrader Join the NRA Donate to CGSSA Sponsors CGN Google Search
CA Semiauto Ban(AW)ID Flowchart CA Handgun Ban ID Flowchart CA Shotgun Ban ID Flowchart
Go Back   Calguns.net > FIREARMS DISCUSSIONS > Firearms Accessories: Holsters, Safes, Lights & more
Register FAQ Members List Calendar Mark Forums Read

Firearms Accessories: Holsters, Safes, Lights & more If it locks up, carries, fits on to or cleans up your firearms, discuss it here.

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 12-10-2023, 10:52 AM
vmassarano's Avatar
vmassarano vmassarano is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2016
Location: Los Angeles Area
Posts: 154
iTrader: 0 / 0%
Default Powering Gun Safe Dehumidifier and Lighting

I've had a 14 Gun Safe for about 8 years now, and never really looked at getting a dehumidifier. I have battery-powered motion-sensor lighting in the safe that work so-so. There's a small hole in the lower rear side of the safe to allow AC access.

Question: Can I (or should I) snip an extension cord, run it thru the access hole, leaving the multiple outlets-end in the safe, then reconnect it on the outside by splicing it back or just attaching a new AC plug?

I would then have AC access for both a dehumidifier and better lighting options.

Good idea? Bad idea? Thoughts? Thanks!
__________________
"How long would the Nazis have kept it up, General, if every Jew they came after had met them with a gun in his hand?"
- - Walter Matthau as Dr. Groeteschele in "Fail Safe" (1964)
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 12-10-2023, 8:57 PM
Sarde Sarde is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: CA
Posts: 46
iTrader: 1 / 100%
Default

Sounds like a great idea to me. You can also buy an inline splicing connector (@ home improvement store or amazon) to make your life easier. Or just twist and wrap with electrical tape and or shrink wrap.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 12-10-2023, 10:42 PM
wpod's Avatar
wpod wpod is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Arizona
Posts: 2,393
iTrader: 1 / 100%
Default

Ironic that I now have the opposite problem.
I recently began playing guitar after a 35 year hiatus.
Living in the desert, our humidity is around 10%. Not ideal for wooden instruments.
So I keep them in a converted china cabinet with a humidifier in it. Easier access than individual cases.

Sent from my SM-S908U using Tapatalk
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 12-10-2023, 10:58 PM
G-forceJunkie's Avatar
G-forceJunkie G-forceJunkie is offline
Calguns Addict
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: SCV, So. Cal
Posts: 5,888
iTrader: 37 / 100%
Default

If you buy a Golden Rod dehumidifer, it comes with no plug on the wire and a snap together plug for exactly this reason.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 12-11-2023, 6:03 AM
Old Marine Old Marine is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2016
Posts: 768
iTrader: 33 / 100%
Default

Go with a power strip. Disassemble at strip. push cord into safe. Reassemble at the strip. Get that annoying neighbor or family member to plug it in at the wall. Just in case. Rinse and repeat until the sacrificial lamb is not cooked to perfection. Plug in lights, dehumidifier appliance, and anything else you might want.

easy peasy.......will need space to dispose of body of sacrificial lambs...ymmv
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 12-11-2023, 8:54 PM
Old4eyes's Avatar
Old4eyes Old4eyes is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Nevada
Posts: 1,733
iTrader: 0 / 0%
Default

You may want to put a cable clamp in the penetration to keep the sharp edge of the wall from cutting into the cord and to keep the cord from being pulled once it is installed.

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Halex-3-...0511/100133208
__________________
Send Lawyers, Guns and Money - On second thought, hold the Lawyers.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 12-11-2023, 9:55 PM
bohoki's Avatar
bohoki bohoki is offline
I need a LIFE!!
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: 95401
Posts: 20,634
iTrader: 21 / 100%
Default

i would use a double insulated cord not just a 2 wire type
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 12-12-2023, 5:20 AM
Mongoos913 Mongoos913 is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Planet Earth
Posts: 334
iTrader: 12 / 100%
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by G-forceJunkie View Post
If you buy a Golden Rod dehumidifer, it comes with no plug on the wire and a snap together plug for exactly this reason.
This 100%
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 12-12-2023, 5:40 AM
vmassarano's Avatar
vmassarano vmassarano is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2016
Location: Los Angeles Area
Posts: 154
iTrader: 0 / 0%
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Old Marine View Post
Go with a power strip. Disassemble at strip. push cord into safe. Reassemble at the strip. Get that annoying neighbor or family member to plug it in at the wall. Just in case. Rinse and repeat until the sacrificial lamb is not cooked to perfection. Plug in lights, dehumidifier appliance, and anything else you might want.

easy peasy.......will need space to dispose of body of sacrificial lambs...ymmv
THANKS! Love the idea. Particularly having someone else plug it in...
__________________
"How long would the Nazis have kept it up, General, if every Jew they came after had met them with a gun in his hand?"
- - Walter Matthau as Dr. Groeteschele in "Fail Safe" (1964)
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 12-12-2023, 5:41 AM
vmassarano's Avatar
vmassarano vmassarano is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2016
Location: Los Angeles Area
Posts: 154
iTrader: 0 / 0%
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Old4eyes View Post
You may want to put a cable clamp in the penetration to keep the sharp edge of the wall from cutting into the cord and to keep the cord from being pulled once it is installed.

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Halex-3-...0511/100133208
Good idea. Thanks for the Home Depot link.
__________________
"How long would the Nazis have kept it up, General, if every Jew they came after had met them with a gun in his hand?"
- - Walter Matthau as Dr. Groeteschele in "Fail Safe" (1964)
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 12-12-2023, 5:42 AM
vmassarano's Avatar
vmassarano vmassarano is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2016
Location: Los Angeles Area
Posts: 154
iTrader: 0 / 0%
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by bohoki View Post
i would use a double insulated cord not just a 2 wire type
Good suggestion - will do. Thanks.
__________________
"How long would the Nazis have kept it up, General, if every Jew they came after had met them with a gun in his hand?"
- - Walter Matthau as Dr. Groeteschele in "Fail Safe" (1964)

Last edited by vmassarano; 12-12-2023 at 5:48 AM..
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 12-12-2023, 5:45 AM
vmassarano's Avatar
vmassarano vmassarano is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2016
Location: Los Angeles Area
Posts: 154
iTrader: 0 / 0%
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by G-forceJunkie View Post
If you buy a Golden Rod dehumidifer, it comes with no plug on the wire and a snap together plug for exactly this reason.
Agreed. I am planning on a 12" Golden Rod (or the Hornady equivalent rod, worse case). The idea of using an extension cord or maybe even a power strip (as suggested) is to make it easy to install AC powered lighting instead of the battery units I have now. Thanks.
__________________
"How long would the Nazis have kept it up, General, if every Jew they came after had met them with a gun in his hand?"
- - Walter Matthau as Dr. Groeteschele in "Fail Safe" (1964)
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 12-12-2023, 7:09 AM
DGoodale DGoodale is offline
Senior Member
CGN Contributor
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Elk Grove
Posts: 936
iTrader: 17 / 100%
Default

seal up the hole with some fire barrier. https://www.homedepot.com/s/fire%20barrier
You can also make up a complete interior light with a door switch cheaper than buying a something premade.
Something like this:
https://www.amazon.com/YUNBO-6000-65.../dp/B07JWLQJ9V
https://www.amazon.com/Cylewet-V-153.../dp/B071NSRHK3
wire the micro switch into the 12v side after the transformer and attach near the door hinge to actuate the lever. some bending required.

Last edited by DGoodale; 12-12-2023 at 7:17 AM..
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 12-13-2023, 6:14 AM
Old Marine Old Marine is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2016
Posts: 768
iTrader: 33 / 100%
Default

We should form a safe power upgrade company. Between all of the replies, I think we have one great solution,.
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 12-15-2023, 11:20 PM
Munny$hot's Avatar
Munny$hot Munny$hot is offline
Veteran Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 3,621
iTrader: 56 / 100%
Default

Kill 2 birds with 1 stone. If you run a low wattage refrigerator bulb it'll remove moisture from the air and light the inside of your safe at the same time vs spending money on a golden rod, a light etc. If more light is required or you have a high moisture content or need more light you can run a higher wattage rough service bulb with a dimmer on a break out box.
__________________
Can DI AR's run dirty?

Palmetto State Armory Suppliers revealed

"If it ain't stock, it don't belong on your Glock"
Reply With Quote
  #16  
Old 12-17-2023, 1:58 PM
Old4eyes's Avatar
Old4eyes Old4eyes is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Nevada
Posts: 1,733
iTrader: 0 / 0%
Default

The problem with killing 2 birds with one stone is that ideally, you'd place the heat source at the bottom of the safe to allow the heat to rise. A single light bulb at the bottom of the safe would do the heating but I'd like to have the light where I need it. And a single bulb or a single light source in a safe that may have many nooks and crannies if equipped with multiple shelves really requires multiple lights. On Amazon I found a lighting kit called Torchstar. Multiple separate LED strips that you can put in various areas. It appears they have two different kits, on that is switch operated, one that is by motion detection, I bought the motion detection version. Certainly more expensive than the single light bulb, and it doesn't replace a drying rod.

The original post was asking about bringing AC power into the safe. Put in a duplex or quad outlet, or a power strip, and the options to do multiple things appears.
__________________
Send Lawyers, Guns and Money - On second thought, hold the Lawyers.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump



All times are GMT -8. The time now is 8:28 AM.




Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2024, vBulletin Solutions Inc.
Proudly hosted by GeoVario the Premier 2A host.
Calguns.net, the 'Calguns' name and all associated variants and logos are ® Trademark and © Copyright 2002-2021, Calguns.net an Incorporated Company All Rights Reserved.
All opinions, statements and remarks made by Calguns.net on this web site and elsewhere are solely attributable to Calguns.net.



Seams2SewBySusy