Last month we had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Richard Branch of Branch Auctions. Mr. Branch hired our team to relocate gun safes from an estate to an auction house. While waiting for the safe to be auctioned, we were able to preview the sale which included well over 500 lots. If you are a gun enthusiast, FFL or collector, I highly recommend you attend the next Branch auction. Check out his website for upcoming auctions, terms and lot details.
Hope Doesn’t Anchor the Safe
Hope may anchor the soul, but it will not anchor your safe. Some may argue the sheer weight of a safe will defy theft or storm loss, but trust us when we say it’s not enough. There are three main reasons to anchor your safe to the ground; safety, theft prevention and storm protection.
Safety first. Always. It’s hard to believe that a toddler could topple a safe. But, did you know 1/3 of the weight of a safe is in the door? When the door is open, even the smallest tug could bring the safe falling forward. Placing anchors in the floor of your safe prevents this from happening.
What about theft prevention? Again, most people think the size and weight of a safe is enough protection against theft. We’ve seen safes (and homes) destroyed by criminals in attempts to get the safe outside. They are determined and they will find a way. Yes, criminals could theoretically cut the bolts, IF they were prepared and IF they had enough time. The anchors will deter and slow them down.
Do you need to protect your safe against storms? Tornado alley = YES! If tornadoes can toss semi-trucks like Tonka trucks, they can toss your safe-and the valuables inside- across your neighborhood. Get those safes properly anchored into the concrete.
If you’re purchasing a new safe, be sure to request a bolt down. If you currently own a safe that’s not anchored, we strongly recommend you do so- either DIY or call us to help!
Does your safe need a lift? We’re not talking about an Uber kind of lift. The answer is yes. All safes need a lift. Let me explain.
The image above depicts a safe we relocated. This particular safe had only been in this location for a couple of years. Do you see all the rust on the bottom of the safe? Due to the weight of most safes, the fact they are never moved and the lack of air circulation under the safe, moisture inevitably gets trapped beneath the safe. Moisture + metal= RUST.
Cue the safe lift. Lifts are placed at the four corners of the safe. Voila’ you have created a space for air circulation. This is crucial for any safe placed on concrete, tile, laminate or hardwood. Some argue lifts aren’t necessary for safes placed on carpet. However, our team has seen many homes with leaks or busted pipes. The soaked carpet may dry around the safe.. but what’s happening underneath? You got it. The carpet is trapping the moisture under the safe. Moisture + metal=RUST.
Protect your investment! Questions? Comments? Call us or send us a message.