How much to pay for labor for 2 hours to move something down some stairs?

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I've got thie furnace firebox sitting at the top of my basement stairs. Its about 2x3x4' and weighs around 4-500 lb. I need to go find (probably a mexican) guy to help me move it down the stairs.
I have no idea how much to offer or ask! I live in NJ in the poncy Princeton area. I'd drive them to my house, move it, and drive them back again, max 2 hours total of their time.
TIA for any tips!
Dean
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Debends if he has a green card no card $10 hr card $20 hr, plus Lunch and a six pack of Corona ( no card no Corona)
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hire pianomovers!
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Its 2 hours to Mexico from New Jersey?? lol
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No need for a Mexican. Any crack head can do it for about 20 bucks.
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Here in KY, you can get a _crank_ head any hour of the night or day on the wekends for about $5 or $10. 2fer $20. On the weekdays though, you won't be able to wake him up. So, if you get a crank head, get done and get him out before he gets sleepy.
Tom in KY, Up tonight watching my shop and my vehicles.Da** crank-heads!
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But be sure to blind-fold the crack head on the way in and out, so he can't come back and rob you.

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dean wrote:

The best advice might be the piano movers.
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Joseph Meehan

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You might want to make sure the stairs can hold that weight.
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It doesn't matter, because he's going down anyway. lol

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On Sat, 31 Dec 2005 11:56:47 GMT, "Joseph Meehan"

Wouldn't they be excessively skilled? and thus more expensive than necessary.
Put the money into a hand truck and then your wife can help you. :)
(Actually I asked my neibhgor to help me lift one square of my sidewalk. He came over with gloves, rubber dishwashing gloves! I already had a pair of leather work gloves for him, and he seemed to have no trouble with his half of the load, but whenever I brought up putting it back, or lifting the last one, he said Yes, but never showed up. (I got another friend, who had to drive over, to help me, and when I needed to do the same piece again, I learned how to use 8 2x4's, 6 fulcrums, and a 4x4 ram to do it by myself. Not lifting it to upright, but 6 inches and using the 7 foot 2x4's to "row" the slab to the side.
I'm sorry I don't know prices, but if they say 20, and if that is fair, pay 30 and then you won't have to worry that you cheated someone. I one time in Guatamala, when I had a budge of 3 dollars a day for everything, hotel, food, camera film, dickered with a young Indian woman for something she had woven, a listone, and she finally sold it for 50cents or a dollar less than she wanted. I've felt bad about this since about 2 years later and ever since. I could have exceeded my budget that one month, and in the long run, I never would have noticed it.
Getting it down stairs is a lot easier than moving it upstairs. Or have you broken the other one into pieces.
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mm wrote:

An example of the Law of Conservation of Favors. Don't use them until you really need them.
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wrote:

You're absolutely right. He looked big and strong to me, like this would be no effort at all. The rubber gloves he brought were a real surprise.
I thought we would do progressively more favors for each other, but they'll have to be at the less phyical level, like taking in the other's newspaper when he's out of town. :)

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at least it's sane advice.
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Don't bring anybody into your house. Buy 400ft of rope, a come along, 4 sets of pulley blocks and an appliance cart. Knock yourself out.
OR,
Build an elaborate web of block and tackle. Tell your wife you can probably do it yourself and she will undoubtedly call her pool-boy boyfriend and he'll bring 4 or 5 friends and you might not have to do anything.
Tom in KY, I've already got 400ft of rope, a come-along, 5 or 6 sets of pulley blocks and an appliance cart. I wonder if my wife has a pool-boy boyfriend who would help me to run myself over with the appliance cart?
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He doesn't need to do all that. It's not at the bottom, it's at the TOP of the stairs. All he has to do is give it a little shove, and down it goes.

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How did it get to where it is sitting? Whomever put it there probably has the ability to complete the delivery. Otherwise, there are many small companies that deliver appliances and do this sort of thing all day long. They have all the ramps, dollies and other equipment. For you and one other untrained person to attempt this without knowledge or equipment is a recipe for life-long pain. Find a way to get it moved where the only thing you lift is a pen when you write the check. There are some things that for one reason or another are just not worth doing yourself.
Commodore Joe Redcloud
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When my wife was in labor they charged her about $8000 at the hospital.
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On Sat, 31 Dec 2005 07:53:00 -0600, snipped-for-privacy@myplace.com wrote:

If your wife is a laborer, shouldn't they pay *her*?
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Don't worry about how much to pay someone. Worry about finding someone who is willing to do it. Then ask them how much they want and pay that amount. Any professional who has the equipment, is going to charge more, and will be insured. If you find a couple of "Mexicans" or high school or college students, make sure you're home-owner's insurance covers property damage and/or injury.

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