I should have said that it's dangerous (to the piano) to move a piano
with the sound board horizontal. Spinets and other uprights should be
moved upright, and grands should be moved when they are on their side.
However these were only 300 dollar pianos** and I couldn't afford to
also pay a mover. So I went only about 10 MPH on the rough parts of
the road and only 25 or a little more on the very smooth parts,
looking ahead to see if there were any chuckholes.
**The Wurlitzer sounded very good when my friend got it. The Winter
sounded bad, even to me, when it came to my house. Maybe I wouldn't
have bought it if I'd known a piano could sound bad to me. None other
has, before or since. But a cheap, used piano can sound very good.
When my mother moved in with my grandmother to take care of her, I moved
her chest freezer into the basement there. At the time, I told her it
was getting sold with the house. Ten years later, that is exactly what I
did. When the washer caught on fire here, and I had to buy a new one, I
was able to move the new plastic-tubbed one in myself with no problem.
To get the old one out, even after removing the motor and concrete
counterweight, I had to go hat-in-hand around my office begging a favor,
and finally found one lady whose hubby wanted a metal washer drum for a
burn barrel at their camp. He came over, and with some rope and my
regular handtruck, we managed to get it out. A frig dolley with the
strap and the tracks on the back would have helped, but would still have
taken 2 for safety.
Is the frig going elsewhere, or going away? If being replaced by a new
one, slip the truck guys a $20 each, and have them do it. If going to
charity, they will pick up. The 62 YO is a maybe, if he is in good
shape. The other 2, no way. Guys always think of themselves as
20-somethings, able to leap tall buildings with a single bound. Sure,
they tossed appliances around like beachballs back in the day, but that
day was decades ago. Hire some young bucks, or guilt some young
relatives into helping.
One fit person who knows what he is doing can do it alone. I used to
hire a funny little guy named Fahey to do things like that. I had a
huge side-by-side refrigerator with the ice and water in the door that
he moved for me a few times. Fahey was about 5 foot 3 inches and wiry.
Maybe 150 pounds. He moved the fridge up stairs, down stairs and
anywhere that was needed by himself.
My recommendation is to hire someone before you end up with a sad
story. It's REALLY not worth saving a few bucks.
Whoever moves it, get them some grip gloves if they don't have them.
Sharp edges and slick sides on something going up a stairs is asking for
trouble. Even those gloves with the plastic dots will help moving it
much easier. Two pairs for two dollars at Dollar General or maybe it
was Family Dollar.
I've sworn by the dot gloves since I discovered them at around age 13 or
so, close to 40 years ago. Beats the snot out of the no-dot brown
gloves, which are way too slippery. I even use them as driving gloves in
winter, since drive to work is too short to heat up the car enough to go
bare-handed. You can actually use the dashboard controls with those, not
possible with insulated gloves. For some reason, the stores around here
don't always have them, or have them in the size I wear, so when I trip
across them, I buy 2-3 pairs. They don't last real long under abrasive
conditions, but at a buck a pair, I don't really care. Unless I get
something real nasty on them, I just run them through the washer when
they get funky- can't do that with most work gloves. I try to keep a
clean pair in the pocket of every cool-weather coat I have. I use
leather for sharp stuff, and blue nitrile for painting and caulking, but
the brown dots for most everything else.
If the men have teenage grandsons, that would be the best bet...
Seriously, get two young guys. I wouldn't be concerned about two 62-year-olds
moving a fridge, but 62 and 72 might be a little risky. Depends on the
individuals, of course, but as a general rule you'd be better off with a
couple of younger guys.
It's a two-man job, regardless: too heavy for one man, and three will get in
each other's way.
This should not be a problem. Strapping the fridge to the dolly allows you
to tip the fridge to the center of balance so one guy can roll it on a flat
surface without a problem.
As for the stairs, this is only a series of small lifts where the guy on the
top pulls up and the guy(s) on the bottom lift, so with 2 guys it should be
doable, with three no problem.
About the time I had mastered getting the toothpaste back in the tube, then
I recall the story I was told by a friend when I was in Hawaii. They
had a refrigerator to move up stairs and they were all fussing about
how to do it when his little Japanese grandfather got fed up with with
their talk. He grabbed a length of rope, threw it around the refrigerator,
hauled it up on his back and took it up by himself. So all you need
to do is find a Japanese grandfather and your troubles are over.
This was a great answer. I googled japanese grandfather
refrigerator and got about 89,900 hits. The first one was this
very thread but that still left plenty. I narrowed it down, found a
likely one, and emailed him. He's willing to come next week, but I
have to pay the plane fare, $600, and provide the rope.
I'm not sure if it's worth it.
I'll tell you better in 2 yrs, but I can't imagine asking for help if
I had to do that & I'm 58, 10 yrs beyond a 'cardiac event'- and have
chronic fatigue syndrome.
It is *all* I would do that week, but with a decent hand-truck it
isn't a major job.
In 'Gran Torino,' Eastwood's character - about 75 - and the kid from next
door moved a freezer from the basement to the driveway.
One person could do your job if he disassembled the refrigerator first.
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