By Gene and Katie Hamilton, Tribune Content Agency
Do It Yourself or Not?
5:30 AM EST, December 30, 2013
Homeland security takes on new meaning with a built-in delivery vault. It's like having a FedEx drop box of your very own and eliminates the need to stay home for a package delivery. The delivery vault keeps packages safe and secure deposited inside your house. Anyone who travels or has had the annoyance of rescheduling missed deliveries knows what a convenience this can be.
A built-in vault is installed between 16-inch center wall studs of a wood frame house at a front entry or garage so it's a good job for someone with carpentry experience. A popular size unit is made of 16-gauge steel and measures 14 1/2-inches wide by 51 1/2-inches high and it is 21-inches deep.
You can buy a similar vault for $350 and install it yourself or hire a carpenter who will charge an additional $142 for the installation. You'll need bolts, machine screws, 2-by-4 framing lumber, shims and flashing, as well as carpentry tools.
The labor will be considerably more if the house is brick. If you're building a house, consider adding this option so it can be installed while the house is being constructed. Before making the installation, check with your local post office to make sure you install it in the correct place.
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Pro Cost -- DIY Cost -- Pro time -- DIY Time -- DIY Savings -- Percent Saved
$492 -- $350 -- 3.9 -- 6.5 -- $142 -- 29 Percent
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