How do you conceal a light switch?
There are various ways to hide a light switch. You may choose to use a fake wall or ceiling, or even just cover it with something. There are many things that can be used to make your home look like a fortress, but there are other methods which will not only give you peace of mind, but they will also save money in the long run.
The first thing you need to consider is what type of lighting does your house have? If you live in a dimly lit house, then hiding a light switch might not be necessary. However if you live in a bright lighted environment, then hiding a light switch could prove to be very useful. Some lights don’t come on at all when turned off, so turning them off would not necessarily reveal anything. Other types of lights can be controlled remotely, so turning them off might reveal something.
Another consideration is the number of switches in your house. If you have a large number of switches, then hiding one might not work out well. A good rule of thumb is to think about how many lights you have in total and then multiply that by two (or four) to get the number of switches in your house. Other types of lights are wired differently than others, so you would need to turn them off before you could get access to their controls.
You may also want to consider hiding a light switch under some furniture or behind another object. These kinds of options will depend upon where you live and what kind of lighting is available in your area. If you live in a large house with lots of rooms, then it might be best to hide the switch somewhere out of sight. A small apartment may not have the same luxuries, in this case as it may be better to think about other options.
Another option is to use decals or moving lights that can create the illusion of a flashlight being turned on or off. This option is good for homes with lots of windows and would not be discovered by passersby. You may also want to consider a fake security camera that blinks on and off every few seconds. The wiring in your house will dictate where you can place the switch and how many you can put in.
It also might be a good idea to have a backup plan in case someone finds your switch.
The number one rule when hiding a light switch is to not tell anyone where it is located at all. This is for your own protection so that people do not turn off the lights while you are sleeping or otherwise incapacitated.
It is also important to consider how many people know that you are using a hidden switch. If the number is low, then you should be able to get away with it. However, if the number is high, then it may be better to think of another option. A good rule of thumb is to trust no one and assume that they will blab your secrets at some point in time.
Keep this in mind before deciding upon your plan of action.
Who can you trust? You may also want to consider putting your switch in a place that does not interfere with daily operations. For example, you would not want to put your lightswitch in the kitchen because every time you wanted to cook dinner you would have to remember where the light switch is located.
To get started, the first thing you need to do is find a light switch that no one uses or even knows about.
Once you have decided upon your plan of action, you need to decide who can be trusted and who cannot. If you are going to create a secret room or hide a light switch, then it is best to keep this information to yourself. The more people that know about your plans, the less likely they will be successful.
When creating a secret room, it is best to build it yourself. Hiring a contractor is not usually a great idea for various reasons. First of all, they will need to know why you are building a wall in your house or adding pipes. They may ask questions that you may not want to answer.
Also they will most likely talk to others about the work that they are doing. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but you never know who could be listening and picking up on information that you don’t want them to know. Hiring someone else to do the work will only lead to problems in the future. You never know if someone is going to spill the beans and tell people where the room is located at.
Once you have created a hidden room, then you will want to make sure that you can access it even if your home changes hands. For example, if you are a landlord and you own an apartment building then you may want to create a secret room inside the walls of an apartment. This would allow you to access the room without the knowledge of the current “tenant”.
For this example, we will create a simple wall safe with an audio trigger. This means that in order to hear certain sounds, you will need to cup your hand behind your ear as if you are hard of hearing. Of course, this is silly and pointless; however, it is a great excuse to have your hand against the wall because there are listening devices behind the wall. This way when a new renter moves in they will never know that there is a room behind the walls.
If you own a house then you may want to create a trapdoor in the floor or somewhere else inconspicuous.
If you are going to incorporate a hidden room into your floorplan, then it is best to have it appear to be something else entirely.
You will need to find a location for your safe within your home. It needs to be in a central location that you pass by on a regular basis. Location is very important because it will be much easier to remember the location of your safe compared to if you placed it randomly somewhere in your house. Common locations would include: front hallway, back hallway, master bedroom, living room, dining room or kitchen.
For example, you may want to have a hidden room behind a bookcase that leads into the floor. In order to access the room, you would pull out a specific book, and then step backwards into the wall. This would open up a small door that leads into the floor where your hidden room awaits.
Obviously this is a very simplistic and stupid idea.
You will now need to decide what your safe room will be. You can make it a secret door, a physical safe, a weapons cache or whatever you like. For our example we will assume that you made a secret door hidden within your living room wall.
Begin building your new wall. You will need to do this slowly over time so that no one suspects that your house looks any different. This could take weeks or even months.
Finish your wall and then move on to the next step.
While no one is home, open up a hole in the wall that is large enough for you to fit your arm through. You will now need to cut out all of the drywall that is behind this wall. You may want to buy a house that is already divided into separate apartments so that you have less work to do.
You will need to build your room so that it has at least 4 inches of insulation within the walls. This is so that when you are embedding your secret door, no one can hear the sounds of you opening and closing the door every time you enter your secret room.
You will also want to make sure that your room is ventilated. Make sure to leave some drywall between your wall and the original wall since you want to create a secret door that can fold up into the wall so that it is not visible at all.
While no one is home, begin ripping out the floorboards behind your cutout hole. You are looking for plywood most likely, but this may also be concrete. This is where your hidden room will be located so make sure to reinforce the hell out of the floor. You don’t want to become trapped within your room should the door somehow get stuck.
Once you are finished building your wall and your hidden room, it is now time to embed your secret door. The exact way of doing this will vary from person to person depending on their situation. If you are a homeowner, then you can easily use the same sorts of tools that were used when the house was first built. You may want to hire a handyman to assist you with doing this so that it is done correctly.
You do not want your floor collapsing and this will help strengthen the floor even more.
Continue building out your hidden room however you see fit. This is entirely up to you and there are no rules. The only rule is that it needs to be able to fold into the wall. Try to make it blend in with the rest of the apartment as much as possible.
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