We are delivering an entertainment unit to a client next week. The unit
(designed by the client) is about 12' long, 22" deep & 91" high. The unit
will weigh close to half a ton when fully assembled.
There is a centre section about 8' long and two side units that are about 2'
each. We need to assemble the unit about 2 feet from the back wall and then
move it back against the wall.
The client has just finishing laying a new laminate floor.
So my question is, how would you move each of the three units back into
place without damaging the floor?
Did you inherit this problem?
Are the floor and walls level and straight?
The correct way would have been to design the three units so they could be
placed on an already "in place" and level, base; and then slide each section
atop the base and fasten the units together after they are in place.
It appears that may you have a few inches of height to spare. If I could
possibly do the above at this stage, particularly a _level_ base, I would
give it serious consideration.
In any case, you will want to protect the new floor in the work area with
1/4 plywood, or something similar ... particularly if you are still planning
to slide the assembled unit into place ... good luck if you have to go that
route. May be time for some of the old Egyptian pyramid builders "roller"
action, in that case.
1. Put 3-4 12" long pieces of 1/2" wood dowel under each end, roll
back to wall.
2. Lift or wedge one end up slightly, remove dowels.
3. Set a small piece of 1/2" wood under one end with the unit just
barely touching it. Remove dowels, give unit a nudge so it falls off
block. Keep fingers/toes out of the way :)
A better alternative to # 3 would be to use a longer, thicker piece of
wood with an end tapered to the same or slighty less thickness as the
dowels...put that on another piece of wood used as a fulcrum, slide
tapered end under slightly, stand on outboard end of lever piece,
remove dowels, lower unit. Like a drywall jack.
Hope you don't need to turn a corner with a 8' unit.
I would do a dry run with a sheet of plywood just to
check my clearances.
A furniture blanket(heavy quilt) will make the move
a "little easier" but then you got to remove the
quilt. Carry a few "jacks" of v-shaped wedges that
you can use to jack up a side or a corner.
A rabbits foot would also come in handy.
Use some of the relatively thin "Teflon" furniture sliders along the bottom
edges of each unit and just leave them in place. These things are
relatively thin (about 1/4") and quite durable. They are also pretty slick
and should do a good job of sliding the units on the laminate flooring
without damage. Four of these sliders (each about 1-1/2" dia.) allow me to,
by myself, easily move my 500 lb refrigerator across my laminate kitchen
floor without damage.
Could use some stick-on felt for the same purpose. Just be careful
not to get any grit or crud embedded in it in transit. IMO teflon's
better for carpet or tile, felt for wood, but I'm no expert at this
sort of thing so take that for what it's worth.
The felt pads are far, far harder than one would expect from looking
at them--whack them with a hammer and they don't deform noticeably.
First thought is to use furniture glides mounted to the underside of the
unit. The steel ones may mar a freshly finished floor though. You might
try looking around for UHMW plastic ones instead.
Failing that, a clean piece of indoor carpet, shag side down on the
floor, placed under the units would permit you to slide them into place.
With a little tilting you could remove the carpet once the pieces are
within an inch or so of the wall.
just use those "magic sliders". peel and stick to the underside. packaging
says for up to 1.6klbs, but i've only used it on much lighter furniture.
greg (non-hyphenated american)
Thanks all for your suggestions. I'll follow up with what we tried (and
Yes Jack. But then how do we reinstall the sheet rock between the unit and
the studs. 8 ) This all would have been so easy if the client had not
gotten ahead of us and laid the flooring after we were done.
For clarification, the centre 8' section is assembled on site. The various
pieces need to fit down a stairwell with a twist.
Boy, that's one heavy Mutha!
I've read about putting ice under something like this to slide it, then
letting it melt. I suspect that unless you had lots of it, you'd have
enough crushed ice for a LOT of daiquiris.
Inquiring minds want to know. Let us know what you did and how it worked.
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