Introduction: Hide Your Valuables in a Fake PVC Drain.

The new addition to our house created a hodgepodge of PVC pipes in the basement. If your house has PVC pipes in the basement, you can create a very easy PVC hiding place for your important documents. A PVC clean out plug gave me the idea that its easy to get inside PVC piping. So, I created a fake PVC drainage/sewer pipe as a hiding place amongst the tangle of PVC piping near our utility sink. You can hide money, documents and other valuables in your basement. Only a plumber would ever question it.

Step 1: Location, Location, Location.

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Find a spot near the utility sink where you can place the fake PVC drainpipe.  I found a spot near to a bunch of pipes next to the real drainpipe.

Step 2: Materials and Cutting the PVC Pipe.

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1 – 4 inch to 3 inch PVC Sewer Drain Adaptor
1 - 3 inch to 2 inch PVC adaptor
12 inches of 3 inch PVC pipe
6 inches of 2 inch PVC pipe
1 – 2 inch PVC cleanout plug (any kind)
2 inch to 1 inch PVC Wye (Y) adaptor
6 inches of 1 inch PVC pipe
1 – 1 inch PVC end cap
Caulk and caulk gun
Elmore’s glue (optional

Use a hacksaw to cut the PVC pieces.

Cut the 3 inch PCV pipe so that it is 12 inches long.  I did not make it too long, only 12 inches, because I did not want the decoy pipe to tip and that was plenty of room to hold valuables.

Cut the 2 inch PVC pipe so that your have two pieces, one measuring 4 inches long and the other piece 2 inches long.

Cut the 1 inch PVC pipe so you have a 6 inch long piece.

Step 3: Assemble the Fake Drain Pipe.

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Assemble the decoy drainpipe by fitting the 12 inch long 3 inch PVC pipe into the 4 inch to 3 inch sewer drain adaptor.  The sewer drain adaptor will be caulked to the floor.

Step 4: Add Adapter for Side Pipe.

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Next, place the 4 inch piece of 2 inch PVC pipe between the 3 inch to 2 inch adaptor and the Wye (Y) adaptor.

Step 5: Insert Short Side Pipe.

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Place the 1 inch piece of pipe with an end cap on the Wye (Y) adaptor which can act as a handle and a added decoy pipe.

Step 6: End Cap.

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Use the small 2 inch long piece of 2 inch PVC pipe as the connecting piece between the top of the Wye (Y) adaptor and the PVC clean out plug.

Step 7: Optional Glue.

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Fit all the pieces together, and if you want you can glue the pieces together.  Rather than using PVC glue, I just used a small amount of Elmore’s glue on all of the pieces except where the 3 inch PVC pipe fits into the floor drain adaptor.

Step 8: Caulk the Base to the Floor.

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Remove the sewer drainpipe base adaptor and caulk it to the floor.

Step 9: Hide Your Valuables.

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Place your valuables in a Ziploc bag, such as foreign currency and a passport just in case you need to get away fast.

Place the bag in the 3 inch PVC pipe and place into the sewer drain floor adaptor.


MojtabaT (author)2015-12-07

When you go to vacation and what is your address? please!

eric squat (author)2014-02-17

I never thought of this one. Nice work!

mikeasaurus (author)2014-02-06

Novel way to store your valubles, and in an area of the house that many wouldn't think to look.

You should put a picture of your final project as the intro shot so people can see what you made.

nextweekend (author)2014-01-20

The PVC that I used for the fake drain pipe was actually part of a rocket launcher prop that my son made for one of his videos. Come to think of it, I don't think his PVC rocket launcher was up to code either.

nextweekend (author)2014-01-20

Thanks for the comment. That is why PVC is so great, you can easily make it any size or shape. I had actually first thought of using a floor to ceiling pipe but my space was tight and I did not have room to move a long piece of pipe in and out of the cramped area. I will have to remember to remove my items when I call a real plumber to do some work.

vincent7520 (author)2014-01-20

Nice but why would you need to get away fast from such a country like USA ????

The Papier Boy (author)2014-01-15

This doesn't look up to code.

jmwells (author)2014-01-13

Good. But, as you said, anyone who knows anything about plumbing wouldn't be fooled. Put it next to the wall, run it all the way up. It will look like a drain from above. Also, it will store more. Store things in it, in bags with a pull string attached to your cap. Easier to get out that way.

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