If he lives in an apratment, he probably doesn't want to buy either a
dolly or a hand truck, but otoh, the super should have both.
Bear in mind that a dolly is a lot stronger than a hand truck -- a
cheap dolly can handle far more than a handtruck of the same price --
but not quite as easy to use.
And a dolly won't be stymied by the fact that the safe is bigger than
the platform at the bottom of the handtruck, which also isn't such a
problem if you lean the handtruck way back. But even then you want a
second person whether he is strong or not, to keep the handtruck from
moving away from you when you are trying to pull back on the handle,
If everything is pretty smooth, you might just be able to use a
carpet. Lay the safe on its side and pull on the rug. You can get
some rug out of the trash pretty often, or use one of your own. Well,
I haven't done anything as heavy as a safe, but it worked really well
moving the computer, monitor, printer from one room to the other at my
borthers. Didn't have to disconnect anything. He has smooth floors
What is so hard about a rope? You can get 100 feet of cotton
clothesline for maybe 4 or 5 dollars. You can make four circles with
100 feet so that the tension on the rope is only the moment in the
direction of rolling of 215 pounds divided by 8. That is, even if you
were lowering it straight down, it the tension would only be 27 pounds
At a 30 degree angle, it's 27 pounds times the sine of 30, or the
cosine, or tangent or something like that. About 14 pounds.
If you only do three circles, to have more room to walk or to wrap it
around your hands that will make it 4/3rds as much or 20 pounds. Even
a cotton clothesline can handle 20 pounds.
(wear gloves, just because one is more powerful with gloves on. You
don't really need them.)
You need a way to keep it from sliding all the way down to the ground,
but you can probably wrap one length around the handle.
I bought 100 feet of clothesline to hold a spinet piano on the back of
my full size convertible, to move it from Brooklyn to the Upper West
side. By never cutting the rope, I was able to save it for many
other uses. So then I kept it as a rope to climb down from my 5th
floor window if I couldn't get to the door or fire escape. I've used
it to tie a 65 gallon water heater to my compact convertible.
The rope is 28 years old now, and maybe it's not as strong as it was,
but I can't tell the difference.
BTW, safes are either for protection from stealing or from fire. I
guess if it is big enough it protects against both, but read what it
says. Protecting against fire can be very important, especially for
bonds and wills and confessions.
All by yourself - yes it is too heavy. I tried a lateral file - 150 lbs all
by myself, I tore a muscle in my back and was out for a while. I'm also
6'2" 250 lbs. Get more than one helper and get a wheeled dolly - not a hand
When I bought my first safe (a 400lb 1880s type) I had it
I watched carefully. He used a pallet jack, and put aluminum plates on
the path, it was a
smooth, safe (no pun intended) operation. When I decided to move, I
had collected 3 big safes,
so I invested in a new pallet jack ($300). That was one of my best
The mover told how he had been thrown through a wall delivering to a
pier and beam house when a portion of
floor collapsed. fortunately he was thrown between studs and didn't
get hurt to speak of. After that he started using the aluminum plates
on the floor.
Don't use a hand truck.
Use a furniture dolly.
Open the safe and use big C-clamps to attach lumber or steel for handles,
and get some friends to help lift it on and off the dolly, and over
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