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How To Install A False Air Vent Grille To Cover A Hidden Safekeeping Compartment

While you should protect your property through several means, including alarm systems, stronger locks, security lighting, window bars and a variety of others methods, the use of deception to protect your possessions is also highly effective. Below is how you can easily and inexpensively create a false air grille-covered compartment that is large enough to hold several valuables and is easily accessible when needed.

Tools and materials needed

  • Fixed-blade louvered return air grille designed for a 14-inch by 6-inch opening

  • Mounting screws for grille

  • Newspaper or blank newsprint

  • Reciprocating saw

  • Electric drill with 1/16-inch bit

  • Stud finder

  • Measuring tape

  • Steel ruler or yardstick

  • Wire brush

  • Pencil

  • Scissors

  • Masking tape

  • Cloth sack with drawstrings

  • One-gallon resealable plastic freezer bag

Step-by-step procedure

1. Find a suitable location for your false grille compartment - While you have a lot of flexibility regarding where to install your false grille compartment, there are some locations that make more sense than other. For example, the grille should be located near the floor to enable you to access the valuables you place inside the compartment; if the grille opening is too high, you may have difficulty reaching your possessions down inside the compartment. In addition, try to avoid locations too close to a door or other unnatural spots that might draw the attention of a burglar.

Once you have chosen a suitable general location, use a stud finder to "fine-tune" the specific installation spot by locating hidden wall studs and other potential obstructions. The gap between studs will need to be at least 14 inches wide to accommodate the opening that needs to be cut.

2. Create and attach a cutting template - Using a ruler and pencil, draw a 14-inch by 6-inch rectangular cutting template on a piece of newspaper or newsprint. Next, cut out the rectangle and use masking tape to attach it to the desired spot on the wall where you wish to install the grille. Measure from the floor to the bottom of the paper in several places to ensure the template is level, and adjust it if necessary.

3. Cut out the wall opening - After taping the template to the wall, cut the drywall in an outline around the template using a reciprocating saw. Work slowly to avoid cutting away too much material by accident, and be on the alert for any wires or pipes that may lie behind the drywall. Remove the cutout piece of drywall and clean up the edges of the opening with a wire brush.

4. Install the false return air grille - Align the grille over the opening, and use the measuring tape to center the grille on all four sides of the opening. Mark the screw mounting holes with a pencil, and drill them with a 1/16-inch bit and electric drill. Place the grille back on top of the opening and insert the mounting screws through its holes into the drywall. Tighten the screws until the grille is firmly mounted in place.

5. Use the false return air grille compartment - Once you have installed the grille, you are ready to use the compartment for the storage of valuables. To access the compartment, simply remove the grille and replace it when done.

You can make accessing your items simpler by placing them in a cloth bag with long drawstrings. Secure the bag by tightening the drawstrings, then lower the bag down to the bottom of the compartment while holding the drawstrings. Tape the loose ends of the strings to the backside of the dry wall inside the compartment. This will enable you to grab the drawstrings, then pull the sack up to the opening. In addition, if you have a problem with dampness in your home, you may also wish to place your valuables inside a resealable plastic freezer bag to protect them from moisture before putting them in the cloth bag.

For additional reading on security, contact a local professional.