Watertight File Box
I have ordered many of these and just love knowing all my files are going to be safe from any water. I will order more soon.
June 26, 2014
2nd Purchase of this File Box
A few years back I bought 8 of these, I recently came back to get 3 more. These stack well, fit file folders in both directions, and are fairly sturdy. Although the handles don't always fit perfectly, but I found if twist the tops a little it helps to get them snug. Overall, a very good product.
June 21, 2014
This was a great purchase. File box functions as described. Box is very strong, file rails are quite sturdy. I plan to store a lifetime of income tax records in an area I want to be very sure will be water proof. This box fully meets my neds.
May 9, 2014
Not really water tight
I was about to purchased the non watertight equivalents until I saw these and I was intrigued. These were quite a bit more expensive but I was willing to pay a little bit more for added protection. However, the only justification for me for higher prices would be if the containers were actually watertight, which unfortunately I found out that they are not.
To be fair the product is better constructed than many other file containers that I've seen, and they do look great too. But perhaps the most water tight aspect about these containers is that they are hard to sink and not that they are actually water tight.
The lids come with a foam like insulator that lines the perimeter where the lid makes contact with the body. Four latches, two on each long side, holds the lid to the body with some compression of the foam. This is the only water resisting mechanism. Unfortunately the latches are not very tight. You can test this when the lid is fully latched and you'll notice you can still lift the lid ever so slightly.
Most file containers that are well constructed, even if they are not advertised as watertight, can ward off sprays of water or even rain. In my opinion when this product advertises itself as watertight I would expect it to hold up in a flood situation, and that is where this product falls short of its stated goal.
I tested this watertight system, just not this particular file box because of its height. Instead, I tested the equivalent 30.6 QT watertight closet tote that is made in exactly the same way and is from the same line of products. The tote has about the same area but is less than half the height of the file box and was therefore easier to test in my bath tub. As I stated earlier the container was incredibly buoyant so I had to add weights in order for it to sink in the tub. after I drained the tub lo and behold I found a small puddle of water inside the container.
So here is my interpretation of all of that. If you store this container with other weighty objects on top of the lid, that might provide enough pressure to seal off the foam against the body of the container. I didn't test this so it's just a conjecture. However, if you ever get the container by itself with nothing to weight down the lid, and it was somehow heavy enough to stay submerged, then your contents will likely get wet, albeit gradually. So if price isn't an issue for you, these are still good looking, well constructed file containers, just not well constructed enough to be truly watertight. Otherwise, find a storage facility up on high elevation and buy $3 cardboard file boxes for long term storage. Cardboard boxes would be vulnerable to fires, but then so would these plastic containers as well.
April 11, 2012