How to Make a Secret Stash Compartment in the Ground

Burying your valuables is a good way to keep them safe.
Burying your valuables is a good way to keep them safe. (Image: Digging in the garden image by dquinnan from

In these troubling economic times, people are more worried about keeping their valuables safe from burglars or other threats. It's good to have a stash of money stored away in case of emergency or to use on a rainy day. You can spend hundreds of dollars on a safe that can be cracked by thieves, or you can find less-expensive, just as effective ways to bury your cash and other valuables, like burying them underground.

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Make a Waterproof Container to Stash Your Valuables

Place your valuables in several layers of plastic baggies. Put the bags into a long PVC pipe, along with a silica gel pack to keep out mildew.

Seal the tube with the threaded end caps using epoxy, extreme pressure wheel bearing grease or another adhesive.

Dig a hole near your house to bury your tube. Dig the hole so it is at least a foot deep. Place a rock or other object over your buried object so you know where to find it in the future.

Tips & Warnings

  • It's a good idea to make stash tubes with PVC pipe since it won't corrode underground. If you decide to make your stash out of metal or buy a metal case, bury it near metal fence posts so it can't be found by metal detectors.


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