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FAQs

    What are the CA DOJ regulations? +

  • To view the CA DOJ regulations on purchasing a gun safe.

    Are Sun Welding Safes UL listed for fire? +

  • Sun Welding has an independent fire test at 1200˚ for 30 minutes. We do offer up to 2 hours of fire rating on most models. Check the model options for more information.

    What is an RSC rating? +

  • RSC=Residential Security Container. This testing is conducted for a net working time of five minutes, on all sides, with a range of tools to see how fast UL can get into the safe.

    Can my safe be bolted to the floor? +

  • Yes,there are six pre-drilled mounting holes in the bottom of every safe. Bolting provides a stable foundation to prevent tipping when door is opened.
  • Bolting is also the most secure way of preventing an attack against the safe is successful.

    Does my safe need maintenance? +

  • Yes,the internal mechanisms of a lock are precisely manufactured and over a period of time and use,the locks,bolts and hinges will need cleaning,lubrication,and adjustment. We recommend that you contact a local locksmith or safe technician in your area every 1-2 years to have your lock serviced. You can find a certified locksmith or safe technician at ALOA or SAVTA. You can download the maintenance instructions for your records.

    Why are Sun Welding safe hinge's standard on the left? +

  • When the owner built the first Sun Welding Safe he wanted to open the door with his left hand and reach into the safe with his dominate hand,his right hand. Only 10% of the people in the world are left handed and that is why the door is hinged on the left. We do offer right hand hinge as a no charge option on any Sun Welding Safe.

    What is the difference between internal and external hinges? +

  • Internal Hinges are operated and located on the inside of the safe and attached to the safe body. External Hinges like those on a Sun Welding Safe are operated and located on the outside of the safe and attached to the safe body.
  • BENEFITS of EXTERNAL HINGES
    Fully welded external hinges which include bolts on at least 2 sides of the inside of the door to prevent removal of door even if the hinges are tampered with. External hinges provide a wider door swing (180˚),thus allow for more access to the inside of the safe.
  • DISADVANTAGES of INTERNAL HINGES
    Internal hinges provide a 90˚ door swing,thus allow less access to the inside of the safe. Large pockets of fire board are cutout to make room for the hinge on the inside of the safe. There is no fire protection in this area of the safe.

    What is the thickness of the door frame? +

  • Sun Welding uses a 3/16" solid steel door frame on all of our models, regardless of what the door material thickness is made out of.
  • Most of our competitors frames are made of the same thickness as the body of the safe. If your safe has a 12 body,it will most likely have a 12 gauge form bent frame.

    What is the thickness of the body frame? +

  • Sun Welding uses a 3/16" solid steel body frame on all of our safes, regardless of what the body material thickness is made out of.
  • Most of our competitors frames are made of the same thickness as the body of the safe. If your safe has a 12 body,it will most likely have a 12 gauge form bent frame.

    What is the importance of steel thickness? +

  • The thicker the steel the longer it protects from pry attack,drill attack,fire attack,and cut attack. Sun Welding can do custom thicknesses!

    What is uni-body construction? +

  • Meaning no seams on the body of the safe to resist bending,prying,and distortion. The body,top,and bottom all have a continuously welded body.

    What is a composite door? +

  • Sun Welding does NOT use a composite door. A composite safe door is steel door typically 12 gauge,usually the same thickness as the body. The composite type doors will give the appearance of 1 to 1-1/2" thick, but the thickness is a result of drywall being placed in between the outer and inner steel shell.

    What is hardplate? +

  • Hardplate is processed steel that has been heat treated to achieve a much harder surface. They are placed in front of the lock to resist drilling of the lock.

    How should I bolt my safe to the floor? +

  • The bolt down hole size in the safe is 5/8" in diameter. Two, bolts are needed. No need to premark the spots before bolting, just set the safe in place and bolt down. We recommend using lag screws, be sure they are at least 3/8" thick. Rent or borrow a high speed drill. Air flow is important when bolting down to concrete because you don't want moisture to collect, so be sure to push the safe back far enough to just slide a 1/4" thick washer or nut on each corner of the front safe. Make sure whoever gives you the roto hammer shows you how to operate it. Different anchor bolts can be used that would work for this application. It is up to you to decide what bolt is best for you.