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ty423
05-13-2009, 4:56 PM
I bought a safe and it weighs in at 700ish lbs. I took all the interior wood shelves out and even took the whole door off. I think the door weighed about 150-200lbs. not sure. now the rest of the thing is like 500lbs without door/shelves. It's in the garage and want to put in a room downstairs. However there is a couple steps involved. I have one of those flat dollies with 4 wheels. no handles or anythhing just made of wood put together. What are the methods of moving something this heavy with minimal damage to safe and house.

deleted by PC police
05-13-2009, 4:59 PM
Hire a professional. They have a dolly that has an electric moter to let it go down the stairs.

xibunkrlilkidsx
05-13-2009, 5:02 PM
higher someone to do it. or if you can borrow a stair climbing dolley.
How many stairs are we talking about? just like a step down or 3 or 4 steps.

When we move safes of that size we have a dolley that has an electric motor with feet to go up and down stairs. And when moving around in the house we have 2'x4' alumnium plates and some cloth tarp or moving blankets under those.

if it is only 1 or 2 stairs you might be able to get away with a furniture dolly, just have 2 or 3 strong guys with you for help.

i wouldnt use the dolley u have. not sturdy enough, hire someone to move it.

freonr22
05-13-2009, 5:02 PM
something like this, moves the safe w/ ease http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://corporatemovingequipment.com/images/MovingEquipment/Roll-a-LiftS.jpg&imgrefurl=http://corporatemovingequipment.com/equipment.html&usg=__mE0uiwuWpByqtRQILTohZ8hKb8U=&h=140&w=105&sz=4&hl=en&start=51&um=1&tbnid=fwAa7M3pVE79SM:&tbnh=93&tbnw=70&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dsafe%2Bjack%2Bdolly%2Bmoving%26ndsp%3 D18%26hl%3Den%26client%3Dfirefox-a%26rls%3Dorg.mozilla:en-US:official%26sa%3DN%26start%3D36%26um%3D1

LAKA90034
05-13-2009, 5:03 PM
Rent an appliance dolly. They are usually rated at 600+ pounds they have a strap to safely snug the safe body to the dolly and keep it secure and rubber sliders to keep from marring the steps that you need to climb.

ke6guj
05-13-2009, 5:05 PM
oh yah, those stair climbing dollies are sweet.

11011500a
05-13-2009, 5:05 PM
Two strong backs, three rachet straps, two 2x4 (as long as needed), lay the straps on the ground, lay the safe on it's back, lay one 2x4 on each side, hook the straps together and tighten. Lift and go. Think of it as a stretcher with a fat chick on board. :eek::thumbsup:

freonr22
05-13-2009, 5:07 PM
btw, i have a stair climbing handtruck in the sf bay area if someone has a need to borrow one, i did not see the rental companies offering them 408 area code

RickD6023
05-13-2009, 5:17 PM
Maybe this will help:

How do you get a giraffe into a refrigerator?


Open the door, put the giraffe in, close the door.



How do you get a guerilla into a refrigerator?


Open the door, take out the giraffe, put the guerilla in and close the door.


The king of the jungle held a mandatory meeting of all of the animals in the jungle. One animal missed it. Which one?


The Guerilla - he was still in the refrigerator

trilogy
05-13-2009, 6:01 PM
Now you come to a river were alligators live. How do you get to the other side?

You swim across because all the alligators are at the animal meeting.

On the other hand I had no idea those stair climbing dollies existed...awesome.

--Matt

pieeater
05-13-2009, 6:04 PM
PM Ivanimal, I heard he loves to move safes on his days off.

Mazilla
05-13-2009, 8:26 PM
@ 500lbs a few people should be able to lift it and walk it in. When I help move 500+ lb fishtanks we either get enough people to lift, or if it's flat we setup 2x4 runners and roll the tanks on length of wood logs running across them. After you move forward, grab the log from the rear and move it up front. It takes a while, but it's the only way we can move some of them without a crane.

Splinter
05-13-2009, 8:44 PM
Two strong backs, three rachet straps, two 2x4 (as long as needed), lay the straps on the ground, lay the safe on it's back, lay one 2x4 on each side, hook the straps together and tighten. Lift and go. Think of it as a stretcher with a fat chick on board. :eek::thumbsup:

I would go with this idea for the do it yourselfer. Or have gorilla friends like I do. We move stuff all the time that shouldnt be moved.

freeman
05-13-2009, 8:55 PM
call all your friends over for a beer and then ...lets move this thing ....:)

Intimid8tor
05-13-2009, 9:23 PM
I've moved our safe a few times and it weighs in the 500 lb range. You'd be surprised at how easily they slide on cardboard. If you are only talking a few steps I would enlist some help of friends. Furniture dolly to get it to the stairs (or slide it on cardboard) lay it down and slide it out over the stairs. As the weight tips, use two friends on the bottom to lower it slowly. Bring it back up on the dolly and go.

ty423
05-13-2009, 11:07 PM
Where do I rent an appliance dolly? uhaul?

gravedigger
05-13-2009, 11:38 PM
Any equipment rental location. Check the yellow pages.

BTW, I have a great idea to FOREVER solve this problem! I can't reveal it here ... yet, because I have to draw it up, weld up a prototype, patent it and make my millions. THEN I'll tell you all about it!

ivanimal
05-13-2009, 11:57 PM
PM Ivanimal, I heard he loves to move safes on his days off.

Shhhhhhh.............2 in one week was enough, I dont even like those guys I helped move the safes for. They threatened to post their baby pictures here. I had to save the membership!

xibunkrlilkidsx
05-14-2009, 7:12 AM
something like this, moves the safe w/ ease http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://corporatemovingequipment.com/images/MovingEquipment/Roll-a-LiftS.jpg&imgrefurl=http://corporatemovingequipment.com/equipment.html&usg=__mE0uiwuWpByqtRQILTohZ8hKb8U=&h=140&w=105&sz=4&hl=en&start=51&um=1&tbnid=fwAa7M3pVE79SM:&tbnh=93&tbnw=70&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dsafe%2Bjack%2Bdolly%2Bmoving%26ndsp%3 D18%26hl%3Den%26client%3Dfirefox-a%26rls%3Dorg.mozilla:en-US:official%26sa%3DN%26start%3D36%26um%3D1

i wouldnt suggest thoose for someone who has never used them before. they can be rather squirley .

Shhhhhhh.............2 in one week was enough, I dont even like those guys I helped move the safes for. They threatened to post their baby pictures here. I had to save the membership!

now how big of a safe? we have moved 3 4500lbs safes + a cash dispensor for bank teller (~500lbs), 2 large filling cabinet. that was just 1 customer of ours. I like going on safes moves. gets me out of the shop and the boss usually buys me lunch :thumbsup:.

SacramentoTDI
05-14-2009, 7:16 AM
If only a couple of steps. Rent a refrigerator dolly.

sorensen440
05-14-2009, 7:19 AM
Get a couple friends and a refrigerator dolly from uhaul

Z ME FLY
05-14-2009, 8:19 AM
Too bad you aren't in norcal, I would come over and help you out to move the safe.

LAKA90034
05-14-2009, 12:55 PM
Where do I rent an appliance dolly? uhaul?

How far south into the OC are you? If you make any regular trips close to West LA I'll loan you mine...otherwise it won't be worth it. Home Depot in Irvine will rent you one for 8 bucks for 4hours.

CnCFunFactory
05-14-2009, 1:45 PM
Hire a professional. They have a dolly that has an electric moter to let it go down the stairs.

+100 on this!

It is not worth someone getting hurt or worse.

97F1504RAD
05-14-2009, 2:59 PM
Rent an appliance dolly. They are usually rated at 600+ pounds they have a strap to safely snug the safe body to the dolly and keep it secure and rubber sliders to keep from marring the steps that you need to climb.

That's the ticket right there.

audiophil2
05-14-2009, 4:16 PM
The 3 wheeled electric stair climber Dr. Lecter used in Hannibal would move that safe. Ask the Doc if you could borrow it.

ty423
05-14-2009, 7:52 PM
I called home depot... says around $12. Uhaul looks like $10. I think I'm going with home depot since they are closer...gas is going to cost $2 anyways.