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bwiese
03-17-2005, 3:17 PM
MOVED / NO LONGER NEEDED...

Need a pointer to someone who can move large safe a very short distance (5') without damaging safe or tile floor. (Tile floor is on concrete slab.)

This is in southwest San Jose.

Safe is 1300lbs, 60"x42x28". Rearranging my living room layout.

My gunsafe vendor says he has to charge regular delivery price (!) just to get the guys to show up at my door - even though safe is not being delivered/picked up.

This is probably a 10 minute job for two people. Probably requires one of those 'movers blankets'.

If you know of someone please let me know.

I do not just wanna hire a couple of yokels from the newspaper - want someone that knows how to move big/heavy objects without hurting themselves!


Bill
San Jose

bwiese
03-17-2005, 3:17 PM
MOVED / NO LONGER NEEDED...

Need a pointer to someone who can move large safe a very short distance (5') without damaging safe or tile floor. (Tile floor is on concrete slab.)

This is in southwest San Jose.

Safe is 1300lbs, 60"x42x28". Rearranging my living room layout.

My gunsafe vendor says he has to charge regular delivery price (!) just to get the guys to show up at my door - even though safe is not being delivered/picked up.

This is probably a 10 minute job for two people. Probably requires one of those 'movers blankets'.

If you know of someone please let me know.

I do not just wanna hire a couple of yokels from the newspaper - want someone that knows how to move big/heavy objects without hurting themselves!


Bill
San Jose

CHALCEDON
03-17-2005, 4:44 PM
Bill:

You also want to be certain that the movers are straight up honest guys too.

This is not the kind of information you want just anyone out there to have knowledge about if you know what I mean.

Just a word to the wise.

10th

colin@archeryaccess.com
03-17-2005, 5:24 PM
Hi,

I have a safe that size (Liberty) that I moved myself.
I got some heavy 1 1/4" OD PVC pipe, cut it into 24" lengths, tipped safe, placed couple pieces under, roll safe about 6", remove 1st piece and repeat.

Sounds complicated, but is really quite easy.

Works great!

Colin

rwmagnus
03-17-2005, 5:26 PM
I haven't researched this but there are special dollys that make moving safes alot easier. Why not check with local locksmiths? Put plywood over tiles to protect them and you should be fine.

bwiese
03-17-2005, 5:34 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by 10thAmendment:
You also want to be certain that the movers are straight up honest guys too. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Not too worried. Alarmed. WAY difficult to get safe in/out of my townhouse. Torch work triggers networked smoke/fire alarm - hell, burned scrambled eggs'll do that. And lotsa neighbors.

And after they've met me for the move, I'm sure they'll "understand" that my property is my property http://calguns.net/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Bill

icormba
03-17-2005, 6:19 PM
I think Bill is hinting to his gun buddies here for help http://calguns.net/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

but really... I bet you could find the right moving equipment to rent for cheaper than finding people to move it for you? There are a ton of different types of moving dollies or "low profile" pallet jacks that should be able to handle a large 1000lbs safe.

Get a couple shooting buddies over for beer and safe moving party http://calguns.net/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

bwiese
03-17-2005, 8:00 PM
Hah. Nice idea but I'd actually prefer a business to do this.

If something falls or someone pulls their back out, I don't need to get sued.


Bill W
San Jose

LongBch_SigP226
03-18-2005, 7:02 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by bwiese:
Hah. Nice idea but I'd actually prefer a business to do this.

If something falls or someone pulls their back out, I don't need to get sued.


Bill W
San Jose </div></BLOCKQUOTE> Doesn't your home owner's insurance cover that? http://calguns.net/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

bwiese
03-18-2005, 10:10 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">bwiese wrote:
If something falls or someone pulls their back out, I don't need to get sued
[QUOTE]

[QUOTE] Doesn't your home owner's insurance cover that? http://calguns.net/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

These days insurance co's are dropping people for even minor claims.

Hell, there might be fine print in my policy that I have to use 'licensed contractors' etc.

Bill W
San Jose

icormba
03-19-2005, 2:05 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by bwiese:

These days insurance co's are dropping people for even minor claims.

Hell, there might be fine print in my policy that I have to use 'licensed contractors' etc.

Bill W
San Jose </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

or raising their rates on you by sooo much you can't afford them anymore. stupid car insura... oh nevermind. http://calguns.net/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_mad.gif

LongBch_SigP226
03-20-2005, 4:51 PM
AS SEEN ON TV stuff for you, hehehe, this might help you move your safe safely. http://calguns.net/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_razz.gif

http://www.asseenontv.com/prod-pages/Movingmen.html

bwiese
03-20-2005, 5:39 PM
Ding,

I was told by my orig gunsafe seller that the idea of 'feet' or sliders or casters, etc. on a 1300lb safe is not always teh best idea.

Think like this:
1300lb safe w/ 42"x28" bottom surface area.

Assuming full contact btwn safe bottom and floor, that's 1176 sq inches, so about 1.10psi (lbs/sq inch) force - not bad.

But when we put that 1300lbs on a few small areas (pads, feet, casters, etc) we're really concentrating the force on a much much smaller area, way way increasing the psi on the floor!


Bill Wiese
San Jose

gimmejr
03-20-2005, 5:55 PM
The pvc pipe thing sound like a good idea to me, the weight would be more evenly spaced.

imported_booknut
03-21-2005, 7:40 PM
Piano movers use dollys now-a-days, the square wooden platforms on wheels.
I remember years ago when some guys moved our piano (this is when I was a kid) and had these long wooden lever-like things with metal plates on the bottom end with wheels.
If I can find a picture somewhere I'll try to post it.

If you use pvc pipe for that much weight, you might want to pack sand inside the pipes first and plug the ends with a rubber stopper or something else that won't stick outside the diameter of the pipe.

Then again...you could just take the 600lbs. of guns and ammo out and the move would be A LOT easier http://calguns.net/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

bwiese
03-22-2005, 7:30 AM
Booknut...

Yeah, for such a short move the grief of getting safe on dolly, etc. may not be worth it. Consensus from gun safe people is to get safe on moving blanket and "linebacker" it into position, then tilt safe again and remove blanket.

My added touch is to spray ArmorAll on floor ahead of blanket on tile to help smooth things along. Worked well last time!


<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">...you could just take the 600lbs of guns and ammo out and the move would be A LOT easier </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Don't store much ammo in safe - just small amts of 'ready' ammo in mags.

As the safe is 1300lbs already the move will be with the safe unloaded (besides don't want guns tipping out of slots and dinging against each other).

Of course during open-safe 'exposure' time I and friend will be 'well prepared' http://calguns.net/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Bill W
San Jose

bwiese
03-24-2005, 6:00 PM
Got it done.

Found 2 guys from a safe dealer. No problems.

Happy camper. More space in living room now.


Bill W.

imported_booknut
03-28-2005, 4:27 PM
Glad to hear it went well!

This past Friday I helped a friend move a HEAVY slate pool table.
Never moved one before, and with 4 guys it still was a pain!
Then, after we get the pooltable on the trailer, he announces that he wants to load the two giant cement planters...WITH THE TREES STILL IN THEM!

Boy does he owe us! http://calguns.net/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Your 'armour all' on the floor sounds like a bit out of the movie, 'Return of the Pink Panther' that my daughter is watching.