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One of the best places to hide things is in plain sight right? So what better place to hide stuff than a smoke detector? It's inconspicuous, everyone's got one, and as it turns out, you can fit quite a bit in there. While disassembling a broken smoke detector for parts, I was surprised at how easily I was left with an empty shell that I could take apart and re-assemble with no tools at all. I realized it would be an amazing hiding place!

DISCLAIMER: Do not go without a working smoke detector just so you can hide things inside yours! You'd probably be better off adding a dummy smoke detector to a room that doesn't already have one.

This is my first instructable, so I hope it is as easy to understand as all of the great instructables I've read up to this point, that I am using for guidance. Any feedback or criticism is welcomed, as are upgrades or modifications.
 
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Step 1: Tools and Planning

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Smoke detectors come in all shapes and sizes, so it is very unlikely yours will look like mine. You'll have to decide based on what model you're working with, how you will go about storing things inside. Mine ended up being a bowl suspended from the ceiling. I decided to cut a hole in the top so I could twist it from its ceiling mount to access the stash. Having one that swings open may or may not be easier to work with.

Tools: Any variations of cutting tools should work fine. I found the plastic to be extremely soft. A Dremel would have probably been a good idea, but since I don't have one I had to improvise. Besides that, all I needed was some hot glue, and a small screwdriver for prying the plastic tabs apart.
cdstudioNH10 days ago

Very Cool! I love all these Stash Instructables. (chapstick, gum, vcr). Pretty soon, nothing will be what it appears.

gravityisweak (author)  cdstudioNH9 days ago

Me too! I don't know if you've seen this one yet but its one of my all time favorites. Never in a million years would I think a sticker on something was a tiny door to a secret compartment.

http://www.instructables.com/id/Draw-Panel-Secret-Compartment/

IronInspired9 months ago
This is the most AWESOME THING I HAVE EVER SEEN!!!! Excellent idea.
wrsexton9 months ago
cool!