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Post by bloodpet » Sun Mar 13, 2011 6:32 am

Hey fellow prepers,

i just stumbled upon this:

http://makeprojects.com/Project/Doortop-Stash/638/1

I thought it was a neat basic idea. I was recently thinking about a safe place to store the wife's jewelry (that she got from her granny). First thing that came in my mind was, that burglars probably search in the sleeping-room first, so that is a no-go. So my thoughts were the kitchen (behind pots and pans) or the bathroom (hidden stash under the bath-tub or something similar). Now that thing with the door got me thinking again. Our doors aren't thick enough to do that exact thing, but I was thinking about cupboards, tables, TV-stands and the like.

Any good ideas to hide stuff around the house without having to dig holes to get it back? I would like to keep it in it's box (nice wooden thing) and not put it in plastic bags to glue it behind something. I just want to store it relatively save.

Good thing is, we don't own much that is of interest for burglars, that would be missed to much, if stolen. Just the jewelry and the medals of WW I and II, that I got from my grandmother. Everything else (except photo-albums) is easily replaceable. I want to store all picture files on several USB-sticks and hide them around the house and at several locations (family for instance). Also I plan on getting hard-copies of all good pictures (data is just not as reliable).

PS: I wouldn't recommend pulling the USB-stick out with a magnet, as shown on the second page of the link. I'm not sure, but I guess that could harm the data stored on it (correct?).
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Post by GODSPEED » Sun Mar 13, 2011 8:13 am

Nice. I can't believe the amount of thought/work that went into that but the end product is great.... only problem is: I'd probably completely forget that I had something up in the door :D

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Post by godseviltwin » Sun Mar 13, 2011 9:44 am

Another idea I have seen done if you need a larger space is to take the baseboard off near a corner of a room. Cut out the drywall just below where the baseboard will cover. It gives you a good access point to a large space to hide stuff. You just have to either re-cut the baseboard for the hole access or pull back a large section regularly.
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Post by BullOnParade » Sun Mar 13, 2011 10:15 am

GODSPEED wrote:Nice. I can't believe the amount of thought/work that went into that but the end product is great.... only problem is: I'd probably completely forget that I had something up in the door :D
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I have a fire safe for any hard copy documents I want to ... duh, protect from fire. When I moved into my apartment in December I did a mediocre job of hiding the key behind a picture frame. Obviously it's something someone would move if they were tearing apart my apartment, but it was out of sight at least. A month later I wanted to get a photocopy of my passport before taking a vacation, but it took me almost an hour to remember where the hell i'd put the key.

The top of the door is still a good stash point, I'm thinking about the possibilities of stashing a metal clipboard or similar rectangular container to hold maybe a copy of your emergency documentation package.

Alternatively, I've been hiding things under the bottom drawer of my dresser for years, I don't know if its burglar-proof, but it was mom-proof through my teenage years.
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Post by urthshu » Sun Mar 13, 2011 10:44 am

length of pvc or regular pipe filled with whatever and mounted in the ceiling of your basement along with all the rest of the exposed piping?
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Post by BullOnParade » Sun Mar 13, 2011 11:15 am

urthshu wrote:length of pvc or regular pipe filled with whatever and mounted in the ceiling of your basement along with all the rest of the exposed piping?
This would be a bit more expensive, but would deff. hold more than a cigar tube. I like the idea, but I need to stop checking on this thread as it makes me want my own house.
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Post by raptor » Sun Mar 13, 2011 1:01 pm

The first rule of hiding things is not tell everyone where you are hiding the things...like you are doing now.

Seriously if you have valuables that you want to keep safe (especially if you do not use them often) go to your bank and rent a safe deposit box. They are not expensive typically $35 per year and store the valuables in the bank safety deposit box. It is cheap and quite safe.

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Post by TacAir » Sun Mar 13, 2011 1:11 pm

raptor wrote:The first rule of hiding things is not tell everyone where you are hiding the things...like you are doing now.

Seriously if you have valuables that you want to keep safe (especially if you do not use them often) go to your bank and rent a safe deposit box. They are not expensive typically $35 per year and store the valuables in the bank safety deposit box. It is cheap and quite safe.
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But ya gotta admit a seekrit hidy hole for you matchbox collection is kinda kewl....
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Post by Hoot Harrington » Sun Mar 13, 2011 1:15 pm

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Post by BullOnParade » Sun Mar 13, 2011 6:48 pm

raptor wrote:The first rule of hiding things is not tell everyone where you are hiding the things...like you are doing now.
Personally, I'm not too concerned about the 25,000 some odd members reading about my teenage hiding spot. If you look under my dresser now, you wont find anything. But stashing some extra preps or copies of sensitive documents might not be the worst idea in the world.
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Post by Cpt. MelonBuster » Sun Mar 13, 2011 6:50 pm

This reminds me of reading about counter-intelligence during the cold war.

One interesting place to hide paper documents/small things is behind the plate on a door frame that takes the door-knob.

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Post by BullOnParade » Sun Mar 13, 2011 7:23 pm

Cpt. MelonBuster wrote:This reminds me of reading about counter-intelligence during the cold war.

One interesting place to hide paper documents/small things is behind the plate on a door frame that takes the door-knob.
I finished reading Ian Flemings "Casino Royale" a few weeks ago, in the novel, Bond hides his winnings (in cheque form) behind the number plate on his hotel room door.

I've also seen these things around before:
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Post by Cpt. MelonBuster » Sun Mar 13, 2011 7:27 pm

BullOnParade wrote:I've also seen these things around before:
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I actually have one of those in my house that I use for various documents/emergency money stash.

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Post by BigDaddyTX » Sun Mar 13, 2011 7:34 pm

Re: the above

You can just open the socket and stick stuff in it anyway, just don't let the wires touch.
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Post by BullOnParade » Sun Mar 13, 2011 8:07 pm

BigDaddyTX wrote:Re: the above

You can just open the socket and stick stuff in it anyway, just don't let the wires touch.
Unless you're hiding something conductive. I'd want to be pretty careful of what's going in there either way.

As a side note ... I noticed in the photo i posted they're storing a toothbrush? WTF?
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Post by Kelvar » Sun Mar 13, 2011 9:42 pm

BullOnParade wrote:
BigDaddyTX wrote:Re: the above

You can just open the socket and stick stuff in it anyway, just don't let the wires touch.
Unless you're hiding something conductive. I'd want to be pretty careful of what's going in there either way.

As a side note ... I noticed in the photo i posted they're storing a toothbrush? WTF?
I thought that was kind of odd as well. :?
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Post by ScottAW » Sun Mar 13, 2011 10:38 pm

Do not stick random shit in a live light socket. Buy a fake one if you like the idea, but don't burn down your house to hide something.

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Post by Blacksheep » Tue Mar 15, 2011 6:56 pm

heh, this should be a fun thread to contribute to,....
my mother and I had quite the cat and mouse game of hiding stuff,...
places that always worked....
On top of drop ceiling tiles... its hard to check all 40 in someones finished basement... still cant find a key I stashed... :-(
*TAPED* inside books on a bookshelf, just shoving something in there doesnt keep someone from shaking the contents out,
(typically money)
inside a pillow..
inside a desktop computer case... theifs typically steal these..
someone mentioned the metal box style clipboard, that would be perfect for a air vent,
if desperate, pelican style box inside the tank of a toilet (would also decrease water usage :-))
generally anything that requires a screwdriver to get inside seems like a good place

ive been toying with the idea of using the space between joists in the basement ceiling to put small shoebox sized boxs with preps in, all connected with about 8 feet of paracord, so you can pull one out completely before the other one starts to come out, know what I mean?
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Post by prepper7 » Wed Mar 16, 2011 5:42 am

BullOnParade wrote:I've also seen these things around before:
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Burglars broke in to the house of a family friend and they ripped out many of the electrical outlets (looking for these types of stashes, no doubt).
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Post by That German Guy » Wed Mar 16, 2011 7:12 am

Erie quiet wrote:if desperate, pelican style box inside the tank of a toilet (would also decrease water usage :-))
Deperate?

It's worked for about three years now (I check it when I remember, so every half year or so). I hot-glued some scrap steel to the bottom of the box so it doesn't float and bang around when the tank is refilling, and nobody noticed it yet :)
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Post by Acquisitor » Wed Mar 16, 2011 11:02 pm

One I've used before: Steak-shaped squeaky toy from the pet store slit open, filled with emergency funds, wrapped with multiple layers of plastic wrap and placed in the freezer. My roommate and his GF (she was the squirrelly one I didn't trust) were both vegetarians, so I felt my stash was safe.

Don't bother breaking into my freezer. I can't afford steak anymore, so there's none there.

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Post by stressrelief 28.5 » Thu Mar 17, 2011 9:59 am

I dont let my Wife hide shit anymore. I am still searching for her 38S&W she hid from herself.

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Post by BullOnParade » Thu Mar 17, 2011 12:21 pm

Acquisitor wrote:One I've used before: Steak-shaped squeaky toy from the pet store slit open, filled with emergency funds, wrapped with multiple layers of plastic wrap and placed in the freezer. My roommate and his GF (she was the squirrelly one I didn't trust) were both vegetarians, so I felt my stash was safe.

Don't bother breaking into my freezer. I can't afford steak anymore, so there's none there.
I might use that in the near future ... all I would need is something worth hiding ...
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Re: hidden stashes around the house

Post by quazi » Thu Mar 17, 2011 5:56 pm

If you don't have a cat you could get a kitty litter box and bury whatever you're trying to hide. I doubt most people would be inclined to dig through one of those, especially if you made some fake clumps. This takes up more space than hiding something inside of a wall, door or whatever, but people do usually put them in out of the way places.

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