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|08-10-2020, 05:00 PM||#18|
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Golf balls. They will allow you to move the safe a few inches at a time, laying the ones down that you just passed. It's a continual process until you reach the point where you want the safe to rest.
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|08-10-2020, 05:06 PM||#19|
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I'd use a one iron for sure...
And SHOOT says the yellow golf balls work better than the RED.
|08-10-2020, 05:22 PM||#20|
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Iron bars work well - you might even be able to walk it on the corners (with some friends).
The fridge dolly's you rent from U-Haul or similar are typically rated to 750#...
and you may want to check the basement steps...wouldn't want the safe to take out the stairs...
|08-10-2020, 05:30 PM||#21|
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If the driveway is concrete and relatively flat, an air slide/dolly might work, which can be rented from the bigger rental companies. The air cushion, much like with a hovercraft, created by the discharge of a vacuum (or similar air pump... maybe a "hoover"-craft), is directed through "mini" and "many" air jets to create a sliding cushion of air. The physics of it all says that about 1/100th of the weight is all that is needed to move the object so, in your case, about 65 pounds of muscle to glide the 650 pound safe. I used one to move two very large "Sub-Zero" refrigerator and freezer units that easily weighed 500 pounds each, and I could push it with very little effort.
|08-10-2020, 05:41 PM||#23|
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I have been there helping a friend with a 475 pounder.
We had success (2 of us) moving the safe on a flat surface by inching it forward (out of its box) sliding on large pieces of cardboard. It took a while, pushing left rear, then right rear, but no discs were budged or ruptured.
|08-10-2020, 05:55 PM||#24|
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Use a pallet jack?
If you have the manpower, tilt it enough to get it on a pallet and use a pallet jack. You can rent one at Home Depot or equipment rental center. A friend had a detached garage built. He said the guy that sold him the safe came with a pallet jack and a short/skinny pallet and they used that to move it.
|08-10-2020, 08:42 PM||#26|
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X2 on the pallett jack. The safe dealer I bought mine from laid a trail of 1/4" plywood across hardwood floors, ceramic tile and carpet. Set it up perfectly, no damage to anything. Pallett jack is the way to go.
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|08-11-2020, 05:31 AM||#29|
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This is definitely all about having the right tools for the right job. About 20 years ago I had a guy deliver two safes to my basement in Illinois. The guy who showed up was at least in his late 60s. I'm like, "this ain't gonna go well...". He used a stair stepper lift and had them in the basement in half an hour. Fast forward 20 years or so and I'm moving and have to get these safes out of the basement. Yeah, note to self, never put a safe in the basement. I eventually found a guy with a stair stepper and he came to take them out. Took several hours because, you know, going up is harder than going down.
I sold those safes vs. moving them 1000 miles but I needed new safes at the new place. Was super duper hard to find somebody to deliver and install them. I eventually found a specialty mover who could do it. He had the right tools, the right guys (muscle) and, most importantly, the experience. He had to go up a few steps to get into the house, traverse a nice wooden floor, some tile, and some relatively sharp 90 degree angles to get the safes placed where I wanted them.
All I did was watch and write him a check.