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Hi,
I have always had a passion for old Bank Vault doors.  I would like to repurpose an old Bank Vault door during construction of my new house.
I have a background in Architecture, Eng and Construction.

I found the perfect door but I need to find someone who can remove it for me.  Its one of the larger Round doors.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.  I believe the door is from the early 1900's.

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Hi Matt,

Great project - hopefully the cost doesn't break the "bank", so to speak!

Unfortunately there are only a few safe companies in the country that are equipped to work on, or remove these doors, due to the massive weight it will require special equipment.

Main problem is that this door is going to be concreted in as part of its original construction.   This means that in addition to supporting the massive weight to lay it down and move it, it will have to be supported while the concrete is removed.    Whether it is saw cut or jack hammered from the supporting wall, it is going to be a massive project.

As you are in North Carolina the nearest large companies are going to be in the New York or Miami areas.    You could also contact a heavy rigging company to work with the demolition company to remove it, though as parts are NOT going to be available for repairs, damage to the door should NOT be an option.

If you have the back ground in architecture, Engineering and Construction, then I'm not sure why you are running this by me as you should have a good idea for what it is going to take to remove it.

If you are looking for possible contacts to discuss the project with I can give you a few, however, my recommendation would be to find a door which has already been removed and is ready to installed.    I've got a contact that currently has two square/rectangle, crane hinge, pressure bar vault doors ready to go, other than shipping them across country.

If you are determined on having a "round" type vault door similar to the photo, there is a manufacturer in Florida that makes current model doors which are very similar and would possibly be a better buy as you don't have to pay for all of the demolition work.

I'll need a bit more info on what you actually would like so that I can point you in the right direction.

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Safe and Vault related Questions; Antique Safe Repair and Restoration; With over 44 years in the Safe & Vault industry, if I can't answer your question I know where to get the answer. Current Project: Restoration of an Ely Norris Cannonball Safe from the early 1900's. Will answer Safe & Vault related questions concerning age, value, restoration, moving, opening & repairing, parts, operation and history. Note: It is not my intention to teach you to open safes or to provide information which may aid in the unlawful opening of a safe. I will not give out drill points or information which I deem inappropriate.

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44 years in the Safe & Vault Industry. Owner and Service Manager for one of the largest Safe & Vault companies on the West Coast. Graduate of Lockmasters Safe Lock Servicing, Safe lock Manipulation and Safe Deposit Lock Courses. Graduate of Locksmith Institute. Author of "The Coffee Table Guide to Antique Safes". Certified Instructor for the California Locksmith Association teaching Basic and Advanced Lock Servicing, Basic Safe opening and Repairing. Factory Trained by AMSEC, LORD Safes, LeFebure, Mosler, KabaMas, LaGard and Sargent & Greenleaf

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Graduate of Locksmith Institute 1972 Graduate Lockmasters Safe Lock Servicing 1974 Graduate Lockmasters Safe Lock Manipulation 1975 Graduate Lockmasters Safe Deposit Lock Servicing 1985 Instructor Certified - California Locksmith Association - 1985 Factory trained by AMSEC, MAJOR, STAR, Johnson-Pacific, Kaba-MAS, Allied-Gary, ISM, Lord, Brown Safe, EXL, Mosler, Diebold.

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2009 - 2015 Listed in AllExperts top 50 Experts. All Experts Categories - Safes & Security Containers, Locksmithing, Antique Safes. Retired US Army Chief Warrant Officer (CW4), with 39 years of total service. With numerous awards from Vietnam, Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom. US Navy - 1971-1981 US Army Reserve 1984-2013 US Army Retired

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