Gun safe- a few questions


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EHL
November 17, 2008, 12:39 PM
Do you guys know if a Uhaul appliance dolly can handle an 833lb gun safe? If not, what can I do to get my safe into my house? No stairs to go up and down either.

Last question, do you guys know if the hole that is drilled into safes for GoldenRod wire plugs, compromise the safe's fire protection? In other words, having the hole for the wire plug, does it make the safe less secure in a fire??
Thanks guys!
EHL

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The Bushmaster
November 17, 2008, 12:44 PM
Got an old fashioned broom and a towel or blanket? Granted, my safe is only 500 lbs, but that's how I move it with the help of one other person. Plan well. You don't want to move it again. And yes. The U-Haul dolly should be adiquate...

johncantiusgarand
November 17, 2008, 01:58 PM
It might handle it. I borrowed a dolly from a convenience store buddy when I changed addresses. That dolly was used to wheel stacked trays of beer in and out of the store. On the first try, the inflatable tires compressed to the rims. So I had to add quite a bit more air. But the dolly proved to be plenty strong enough for the job, and my safe weighed the same as yours. Incidentally, I only got the idea from watching the guys who delivered my safe at my first address. I'd paid a substantial delivery fee, figuring that it must take some really specialized equipment. Then I saw the delivery guys wheel it in strapped onto a dolly that looked exactly like what I'd seen used in convenience stores.

Just be sure and get some help from some strong-backed friends. It took two of us to wheel it in a straight line but four of us to manhandle it to its final resting place.

a1abdj
November 17, 2008, 01:59 PM
Do you guys know if a Uhaul appliance dolly can handle an 833lb gun safe?

I wouldn't trust it. Most appliances weigh less than 300 pounds, and the rental type dollies from Uhaul are probably rated in the 500 to 600 pound range.

If you call a local rental yard, you can probably find a heavier duty dolly that would be capable of the weight.

If not, what can I do to get my safe into my house? No stairs to go up and down either.

I use a small pallet jack more than any other piece of equipment I own. Other items I find handy when moving gun safes is teflon slides, 3/4" galvenized pipe, moving blankets, and don't forget an extra set of hands.

Last question, do you guys know if the hole that is drilled into safes for GoldenRod wire plugs, compromise the safe's fire protection? In other words, having the hole for the wire plug, does it make the safe less secure in a fire??

Most gun safes are not designed to be as "fireproof" as the manufacturers would lead you to believe. I wouldn't worry about the small electrical hole.

I'd paid a substantial delivery fee, figuring that it must take some really specialized equipment. Then I saw the delivery guys wheel it in strapped onto a dolly that looked exactly like what I'd seen used in convenience stores.


Most of that fee pays for the experience and the insurance. I bet if you dropped a safe on somebody's foot it would cost you a lot more than the professional charged you. Not to mention scratched safes, collapsed stairs, broken thresholds, cracked tiles, etc.....

I have a local guy that moves safes on the side as a hobby. He tends to charge about $30 less than I do. Of course I run $100,000 worth of specialized safe moving equipment, and he uses a horse trailer and appliance dolly.

The Bushmaster
November 17, 2008, 02:27 PM
"...horse trailer and appliance dolly.". L O L...I have those...

Carlos Cabeza
November 17, 2008, 02:30 PM
I moved mine with an appliance dolly 700 lb. I bought some 3/4 "plywood cut into 2'x8' to protect, help distribute the load across the floor. Use your creative instinct to deal with any probs. It would help to call some buddies too.

Highland Ranger
November 17, 2008, 03:20 PM
If you can't find a dolly to rent you can buy one online (auto dolly): http://www.northerntool.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/NTESearch?storeId=6970&N=0&Ntk=All&Ntt=dollies&Nty=1&D=dollies&Ntx=mode+matchallpartial&Dx=mode+matchallpartial or buy the wheels from the same site and make a dolly.

CB900F
November 18, 2008, 01:45 AM
EHL;

A1abdj beat me to it. Pallet jack is what I use too.

Also, you want a packet of door shims, a level, a tube of hi-temp RTV, a crowbar, and possibly an eight foot 4 X4, a cheeseburger and two beers.

You may or may not wish to put the thing on the 4 X 4's sawn to measure. You will want to level it so the door doesn't swing on it's own, that's where the shims come in. The RTV seals the hole that the wire goes through. If you can't figure out what to do with the burger & two beers after you're done moving it, there's no hope for you.

900F

a1abdj
November 18, 2008, 02:32 AM
a crowbar

Oh yeah, forgot about that. It will come in really handy if you get your hands or feet trapped under the safe :D

Aaron12
November 18, 2008, 03:33 AM
3 skateboards will work well :P. or in another thread they were saying golf balls work well, lol.

MGshaggy
November 18, 2008, 03:24 PM
Rent a pallet jack, a johnson bar, and get a couple pizzas and case of beer.

Move the safe with the pallet jack and johnson bar and use pizza and beer to bribe a few strong friends to help you out with it. Worked for me.

Ed4032
November 18, 2008, 03:40 PM
The Uhaul flat dolly is rated for 1,000 pounds. I used one to move my safe, but it is a bear to get it on the dolly. Make sure the friends helping you have had their wheaties.

jcramin
November 18, 2008, 03:50 PM
YES a a Uhaul appliance dolly will handle it.

My safe was a lil over 900 lbs empty. I had one step to go down from my driveway and then one step to go up into my house.

I used a a Uhaul appliance dolly and it worked FINE. NOW it took 4 of us to maneuver it around but it worked fine.

jhco
November 18, 2008, 03:55 PM
I own a uhaul dolly and it moved my 800lbs safe just fine

Pure Kustom
November 18, 2008, 08:57 PM
Some U-Hauls have safe pallet jacks.

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