2015 - Volume #39, Issue #1, Page #31[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
"Jail Cell" Built Inside Barn Protects Collectables
He built the 28 by 14-ft. enclosure inside a pole barn, based on jail cell plans he saw while working in western South Dakota and Wyoming. The bars are hollow pipes with solid bars inside that spin if someone attempts to cut them, Nicholas says.
He used 3/4-in. conduit with 1/2-in. rebar inside. He drilled holes in 2 by 6’s between pole barn posts to slip the conduit through, and didn’t attach the conduit at the top so they can spin. Nicholas even ran the bars in the ceiling for added security. He notes the walls can be insulated and finished normally, if desired. His final touch was a 980-lb. double vault door on the opening.
He admits he revels in doing things differently and on the cheap. Knowing his antiques are secure makes his cell creation even more valuable.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Dave Nicholas, Box 246, Peebles, Ohio 45660.
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