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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Remove the sewer drainpipe base adaptor and caulk it to the floor.
Step 9: Hide Your Valuables.
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.