Going to move a safe from one room to another and wondered if it would be ok on ceramic tile? Safe is in between 850-900lbs loaded I think (40” wide if that helps with weight distribution). I had planned on using a rubber mat to put it on if that helps.
Moving and setting it permanently on tile. I’d like to not have to use plywood under where it will sit if I can help it but if it is needed then so be it.
I’m putting it on my heavy duty 850lb limit dolly (doesn’t have hard rubber tires) and moving it to another room empty. I’m probably ok moving it with the dolly (see pic) without the plywood along the path. The dolly has pretty badass tires.
Ground floor with concrete base. No problem moving and probably ok setting there. A rubber mat to be sure wouldn’t hurt. I wouldn’t consider placing it without something under it (carpet with padding or rubber mat) if you’re on a wood floor.
If you plan on moving it again, I would definitely put something underneath to protect the tile and spread out weight. However, if you are leaving it there for life, I would just flop it on the bare tile and let the next homeowner worry about it.
Just my 2 cents, if you have not done any or all of the above, check the flooring from underneath, a little support to joists helps to keep the tile from flexing before it cracks. Good Luck I’ll push a little from here!
I learned the hard way after the guy i had doing install after katrina used the a trowel with NO teeth, no spacers or buttering the back.
He still wouldn’t use the correct way after i bought spacers and a proper trowel!
After i kicked his ass to the curb i had to break out almost 150sq. ft.
You can hear the difference if you lightly tap it. It should not “ting!!!” If so, there are hollow spots.
Use the dolly with 2 pieces of thick plywood and after you are about to clear one PW put the other one in front and go like that.
I’ve delivered hundreds and moved as many. The first thing I do is test the tile. I use a large coin or something that I can tap the tile with. A well buttered tile will give a “tick” sound where a hollow spot will give a “tock”. If there are no “tocks” you have a good solid base to put the safe on. I have never broken a tile. Those buggers are tough. I set safes on two small strips of wood, about the size of a yard stick but a little bigger that I get at the lumber yard. I put one across the back and one across the front. That leaves room for air flow between the floor and the safe. I have moved many that didn’t have that and the condensation had rusted the safe to the floor. Now I live in a very humid climate, so that might not happen where you are. Even if I bolt the safe to the floor, I still use the spacers. If you have more questions, let me know.