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I have a united states safe co.Elizabeth P.A.USA.safe.It is 75 inches high,24 inches deep and 36 inches wide.I would like to know about how much it weighes.Just a ballpark figure would be greatly appreciated.Thanks!Rick.The safe looks almost identical to the one that was submitted on the question that was asked on 1/2/2011 to Andy.

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Hi Ricky,

Weight is determined more from the materials that it is constructed from than from the size, though obviously size is a factor.    For instance Bankers safes are usually solid or laminated plate steel, while a record safe usually has a thinner skin of steel, with thick walls of insulation material, the weight of which IS determined by the material used.   For instance gypsum or asbestos is much lighter than a similar size safe filled with a mortar or concrete type material.  
Two identically size safes can easily weigh thousands of pounds difference, just by the materials, so it isn't as simple as just having the exterior measurements.

You can do some rough numbers by calculating the size of the walls, top, bottom and door, and then figuring the weight of each based on the material.   For example steel weighs around 42 lbs per square foot, 1" thick.   One cubic foot of Concrete weighs about 150 lbs and one cubic foot of mortar weighs around 100 lbs.

Assuming that your safe is a standard fire resistive safe, with a cast iron frame around the door, I would estimate your safe at between 2500 to 3000 lbs, without any further information, though as mentioned the weight can vary greatly depending on the materials used.

Hope this helps,

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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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