It's from Stack-on from EverySafe and had free delivery. This is the story of order and delivery, which I thought might be useful to some. I bought it on-line, of course. It was shipped from Chicago freight. The company offered 'free delivery,' to the curbside, but if I wanted it delivered on a truck with a lift, they wanted an additional $80. If I wanted it wheeled into the house or garage, they wanted an extra $175, and if I wanted it hauled, say, upstairs, it was even more. I refused all these extra 'gold' and 'platinum' services.
A couple of days later they called me up and reiterated that I would be responsible for getting the safe off the back of the truck myself, but if I wanted a lift I could pay extra right now. I'm getting kind of pissed at this point, but I told them I could handle it. I have a couple of 2 x 10's with metal ends on them to get big stuff in and out of my truck, so I figured worst case scenario I could slide the safe down that ramp and be done with it. I wasn't really worried about being able to manhandle it around. It's not THAT heavy and I've got a 2-wheel cart anyway.
Yesterday the freight company called. I was out (reading 'Pride & Prejudice' to an assisted living group having a Jane Austen party) and my Spousal Unit handled it. They wanted to know if they could get a 'tractor' down my road. Spousal Unit said with a little back fill they ought to be able to do it. Any driver worth his salt should be able to. I've seen full-size moving vans further down. Besides, using a full-size truck for local delivery seemed to me to be kinda on the stupid side. But I'm a bit angry anyway and I figured it wasn't my problem and if I had to get this sucker off the truck myself that was just tough shit. He could back up himself and take out a few mailboxes, maybe run over that stupid dog, Milo.
So the guy just shows up. I open the door and let my dog rush out barking just to give him a little sscare. He's a little guy, but friendly, and just laughed at the dog, who is all bark and no bite. I walked out to see what I was up against visualizing getting out the ramps and wondering if this rather small man was going to foist it all on me. I go outside and here's a short-haul Roadway truck not much bigger than a big U-Haul with this giant lift on the back. The guy wheels the safe onto the lift, takes it down, wheels it into the open garage and asks me if I would take it out of the box. He was afraid it was damaged because of a hole in the cardboard. Between the two of us we slit opened the box, turned it upside down, and slid the box off the safe. He did the majority of the heavy work. Like a lot of smaller men, this guy was a spark plug kind of fellow, agile and probably stronger physically than I am. The safe was in perfect shape.
"You didn't want it in a lighter green color, did you?" he says. I told him the story of the company wanting more money for a truck with a lift. He just laughed.
"That's just rude," he said, gave me a cheery good bye, whipped the truck around in about 30 seconds flat, and drove off.
My next task is to secure it to the floor in a good place. I will then build a surround for it so the safe is not obvious. And due to your thoughts on the matter, that's just about all I will say about that. Should be pretty cool when I get done, but I won't be putting any pics on flickr.
"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." - Edmund Burke
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