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moving a safe upstairs

Hi, all -

I've decided to invest in a gun safe. The model I'm buying is this one:

http://www.smith-wesson.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?cat...

The issue is that I live in a tri-level townhouse and am concerned about moving it upstairs. It will weigh over 600 lbs. when filled, and has about a 5 sq. ft. footprint. Is this going to be OK?

Also: any words of wisdom on how to go about getting this beast up whatever stairs I decide to move it up?

Thanks...

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600#? Are you sure your floor can handle the load? Moving that much weight up three flights could be a major problem.

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No, I'm not sure. That's 120# per square foot, which doesn't seem unreasonable (wouldn't a refrigerator be about that?) but I'd like to hear from other people. Most full-length safes are in this weight range, I believe, and I have to think that some people have them upstairs.

I could keep it in my garage, I suppose, but I'd really hate to do that. Ideally, I'd like it on the third level, but I'm not sure that's such a good idea.

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Man, that's not cheap by any means, and weighs 542 lbs.

I'd be spending the extra bucks to get the right guys with the right gear to move that puppy.

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Aside from floor load, fire may be another consideration. If, heaven forbid, your house burns, that safe is going to drop through to the basement (or ground floor). Many safes are designed to survive a fall of so many feet in addition to the heat, but even so everything inside is going to get pretty badly shaken.

Floor loading may not be a problem, considering the weight of a typical waterbed or, as you said, a refrigerator. Weight distribution is also a factor -- think about how concentrated a piano's weight can be or, for that matter, how many square inches carry your body weight.

I think if I were in your position I'd consider hiring professional movers to get it upstairs. The most likely solution will be to strap it to a dolly and push/pull it up; my biggest fear would be the thing getting away and the guys below having to catch it. Movers will be better equipped and trained, you may be able to file a claim if they damage anything, and you won't have to spend the next ten years having your friends remind you of the time they had to wrestle that safe up the stairs.

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there are hand trucks that have stair steppers on them. That is what i used. The stair stepper on the hand truck took a battery off of an atv.

tim

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Personally I would just mount it in your garage. It appears to come with a bolt down kit. If your worried about temperature swings (from being in the unheated garage) causing humidity (thus rust) issues, simply install/place a dessicator in the safe.

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What goes up. Must come down.
Garage or built it into a false closet on the first level.

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