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Locksmithing/Mosler GSA 'Post Office' design question


First, thank you for the help on the 'clicking' Mosler security dials a few weeks back. I got the lock working correctly!

On this same safe (about 36 inches wide by 27 inches deep by 42 high on 4 inch skids, there is a plate of steel tack welded on the inside of the back of the safe. It appears to be ~5/8 thick, 30 inches wide and 36 inches tall.  Is this a counter weight for the door?  Could I take it out and lighten the safe (its 1/4 inch all around in any case. I figure the plate is at least 200 pounds. I don't want to remove it and have the safe door fall on my foot!
best regards


ANY modifications to a GSA container will cause it to loose its GSA rating, and value.   If you ever plan on selling the container, then don't plan on making any changes to it.

on the other hand if you don't plan on ever selling it, remove the GSA label and do what ever you wish.

As far as the plate, I would need photos to see what you are referring to.   Generally items like this are installed for a reason.   Engineers designed it the way it is to accomplish some goal.   Either as a counter balance for the door, or as extra steel for security.   If it is as heavy as you indicate, then I would bend to agree with the counter balance idea.   It also may be a "stiffner".  By removing it, the body of the safe may be allowed to tweak, causing problems with opening and closing the door.

What's the worse thing that can happen.   If you take it out, and find out you have a problem with the door, then simply put it back and tack weld it back in place.

On the other hand, I'm not sure I understand WHY you would want to lighten the overall weight of the safe.   The main purpose behind the weight is to keep bad guys from being able to cart off your safe AND more importantly your stuff.   By making the safe 200 lbs lighter, you have simply made it 200 lbs easier to move.   You could also bolt the container down to concrete, which would take care of both of the problems,

Hope this helps or causes you some more mental issues,  LOL.


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