We Deliver! Tips for Getting Safes Inside Your Customers’ Homes

The heavier the safe, the more expensive the equipment may be required to deliver that safe. Then once the safe is at the delivery address, you must get it inside, possibly up steps, through narrow hallways, over thresholds, covering a variety of...

Trailers are available with capacities from a few thousand pounds up to 15,000 pounds. The Lift-A-Load trailer for example, has the capacity to be raised to dock height. Safe moving trailers are available with tongue or gooseneck hitch. The optimum trailer rig includes a heavy-duty pickup.

Inside Delivery

Once the safe is at the delivery location, the safe has to be moved into a specific location. This requires a method of getting the safe inside, possibly up steps, through narrow hallways, over thresholds, covering a variety of flooring. This can be accomplished by using a hand truck, Johnson (pry) Bar, pallet jack, four wheel furniture dolly, etc.

However, no matter what safe moving equipment is used, the types of flooring and any thresholds must be considered. The job must be completed without damage or dirt. Before using any wheeled tool, wash the tires prior to entering the delivery location. For additional protection, you can also place Medical Booties Shoe Covers over the wheels.

To protect the floors, carry ¾” (23/32”) plywood sheets each about 26” - 28” by 48” to get through most doorways. Use Ram Board, which is a heavy-duty, thick, flexible fiber reinforced material for temporary floor protection. It is sold in 100-foot rolls. Ram Board must be used on hardwood floors or carpeting you are trying to protect. For tile or stone floors, put down plywood sheeting over the ram board when crossing a tile floor to prevent breaking. Clean moving blankets can be substituted for Ram Board when placing plywood on top.

To protect the door openings, use Ram Board around the edges if the opening is tight. The Ram Board can help the safe slide through without damaging the opening. Don’t press your luck.

To get over raised thresholds and sliding glass door tracks, build a bridging system using two pieces of wood on either side of the raised area. Place a metal plate over the two pieces of wood to safely transport the safe.

To move a safe upstairs or downstairs, consider stair climbing hand trucks and stair climbing fork lifts. There are electrically operated stair climbers and six- wheeled stair climbing hand trucks. Escalera, Lectro-Truck, Liftkar, Powermate, Ultra-Lift and Wesco are some producers of electrically operated stair climbers.

Important: When moving a safe up or down stairs, only use non-skid rubber pad material on the steps. The material looks a little like a fish net and is sticky. The rubber pad material will help keep the hand truck on the tread. It is normally placed under rugs to keep them from sliding.

To move the safe on a level surface, you can always use the pallet jack, hand truck, furniture dolly, or Lockmasters SlikSticks, a safe moving system that makes use of sticks having low friction material rails.

When you have a narrow hallway, closet or turn, a pallet jack may not fit. Try using 1-1/2” diameter PVC pipe cut to no more than the width of the safe. About six pieces is good to help final positioning. Place the pipes under the safe perpendicular to the direction it is to be moved. As the safe passes over a pipe, pick it up and place it in front. Repeat until the safe is in the proper position. Once the safe is in the proper position, use a lever or Johnson Bar to remove the pipes.

Level & Bolt

The next steps are to level and bolt down the gun safe. Use slivers of wood or wedges to level the gun safe. This ensures the door does not come crashing closed. Leveling takes only a few minutes. Leveling is necessary because safes tend to rock. In addition, most floors are not level. For example, most garage floors tilt slightly down towards the door to allow water to escape and not flood the garage or home.

Bolting down a safe is always a good idea. Good people brought in the safe; bad people can remove the safe.

Once the safe is in the proper position, change the combination of the safe. Remember to tell the customer not to use the address, birth date, telephone number or any numbers strangers can access. Test the combination at least three times. Then have the customer enter the combination and open the door. Before leaving, explain to the customer how to annually replace the batteries if there is an electronic lock.

Customers will appreciate the extra care and may tip you accordingly.

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