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PocketsRN 03-27-2013 08:39 AM

need help moving a gun safe in
 
I finally decided my dad's dinky old gun cabinet just isn't hacking it anymore, and all the guns that have been stacked in the corner or overstuffed into the carrying cases for the last several months now need some proper storage, so I've started shopping around for a gun safe. I decided since I'm gonna be spending a bunch of money anyway, I might as well splurge the extra and get a big one, that my collection won't outgrow in the next couple years. But how the heck do I get a half-ton safe in the house?
Option 1 is through the front door. I have French doors, so plenty of room to get in. The problem is I have no driveway, and no convenient walkway from the driveway right up to the front door. It'll have to be rolled across an uneven yard, either uphill from in front of the house, or downhill from behind. On top of that, the front room is a foot or more lower than the rest of the house, and it'll have to go up a couple steps to get it where it's gonna go.
Option 2 is through the side door into the kitchen. I have a big patio on this side of the house, nice and level, and the route across the yard this way is only slightly downhill. To get through the door, though, it has to go up a couple steps. There are also counters either side of the doorway, which make it a pretty tight fit. Either way, once inside, it then has to be gotten across the room and into position, without damaging the tile. So anybody have any ideas how I can accomplish all this? Thanks for the help.

downsouth 03-27-2013 08:48 AM

I got a liberty franklin 35 in january. At 770 lbs empty I paid professionals 150.00 to move it. You know what ? After watching them that's exactly how it will be moved again if and when needed.

Brennan16 03-27-2013 09:05 AM

Luckily mine was only 440 lbs. and I moved it by myself. Up four steps into the front door. Down seven steps into our lower family room.
I'm a small guy and I busted my ass but I did it.

I would certainly look into professional movers bud. Make sure they are insured.

GrimReefer 03-27-2013 09:17 AM

i fully agree with getting INSURED pros to do the work, as far as how ... choose where it should go and let them figure out how LOL but as for the front yard, sometimes you have to make a lil sacrifice just let them drive it right to the door in the truck, you can fix tire tracks easy enough

CapnJack 03-27-2013 09:19 AM

Im not sure how much a safe that size is but i bet its not peanuts and any local stores would be happy to sell one to you. You could put the responsibility on the seller,a lil " ill buy this safe right now if....". Your already buying the thing anyway and they may have connections to get the job done right and safe.

Or rent a heavyduty appliance dolly,find 2-3 of ur beefiest buddies and start lifting.

The thing is witha safe, theres not alot of spots to grab ahold of and anything bulky and that heavy is dangerous. Work smarter not harder on this one.;)

AR10 03-27-2013 10:07 AM

Stop by a golf store and get a bucket of range balls. Tilt the safe and feed some balls under. Now push the safe on the golf balls. As they pop out one side, feed more under the other. Two tiny people can move the largest safe that way.

scottmac 03-27-2013 12:13 PM

You absolutely want pros to move it!!

I bought a half-ton safe, and paid for the move.
They have a powered stair dolly, and many use an air cushion dolly for moving across flats.

They are rigged to equalize levels (like sunken / elevated entrances), cover carpeted and decorative hard floors etc.,.

They are bonded and insured, in case something bad happens.

If the place you buy it doesn't have a service, or you buy it online, call a larger locksmith, many / most know of a safe -moving contractor if they don't do it themselves.

Also, WARNING - you may want the safe movers survey you house FIRST and recommend a maximum size and weight. It sucks. (Trust me) to drop a couple grand on a safe, then find out you need to tear out a doorway and part of a wall to install it. There are turning radii and room for the moving equipment to also consider.

Good luck

Btw: if you DIY, get video, it'll be a laugh riot on YouTube!

Mongo 03-27-2013 04:19 PM

The dealer you are buying from should be able to arrange delivery

downsouth 03-27-2013 04:26 PM

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Originally Posted by Mongo (Post 1192866)
The dealer you are buying from should be able to arrange delivery

The dealer delivered my liberty safe to the curb for the price of the safe. It was 150.00 to bring it in and set it up. That 75' delivery was worth every penny.

Dearhunter 03-27-2013 04:38 PM

Personally I would have pro's come move it.

If not, Invest in two sheet of 3/4 inch plywood and about 6 one inch dowel rods. lay down a sheet of plywood. rock the safe up onto the edge of the plywood, tilt the safe back and have someone place dowel rods about 6 inches apart under the safe. Now push/roll,stopping to move dowel rods in front of one another when needed. pick up sheets of plywood and place them in front of one another. once in the house, you only need to use the dowel rods for rolling the safe. You can always find things to build with the left over plywood and dowel rods. Good luck


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