Today I had to help move an armoire from a friend's house to his
daughter's new apartment. The thing must have weighed 400 pounds,
stood 8 feet tall and could barely fit sideways through the totally
nicked up door jam. Forget healthcare reform. Congress should pass a
law against this form of cabinetry.
Tell me about it.
One of my daughters, Lucy, is just about to move from her flat (apartment)
into a house. She has this massive green monstrosity which was a nightmare
when we moved it from her mother-in-law's house  (it was a gift) to her
flat but at least it was on the ground floor of the house and she has a
ground floor flat.
I told her repeatedly to get "the professionals" in and we would pay but
no, we have to move her on Sunday and she is moving into a typical newish
UK "starter" home. How the heck we will get this thing up the stairs to
the bedroom, without causing damage to it, the house, or both, never mind
ourselves, I have no idea because the stairs are narrow and the landing
 Mother-in-law lives in a rather large double-fronted victorian
edifice, with at least 12ft ceilings, in which it did not look out of
place. Speaking personally I would dismantle the thing with an axe! but my
daughter actualy likes it.
Pianos are best moved by professionals. The last pro that moved mine also
demonstrated what may be a good rule for movers - be as large as the largest
object you will move - this was the widest guy I've ever seen. Not fat, not
especially tall, but VERY wide. He had a kid along to move boards under the
wheels at times, but he did all the heavy lifting.
Well at least some one that knows what he is soing. My BIL has a baby grand
piano and his mover used finess. He and his teenage daughter effotsly move
the piano from room to room as my BIL changes his mind on where the piano
should be every 5-6 months.
Leverage is their weapon.
Like someone already mentioned, their is no substitute for human heft
when moving furniture.
My wife runs a business that employs what I call "the 1,000 pounds of
That's 4 guys - 3 @ 280# and 1 @ 160#. They helped us move into our
house for $$$, beer and pizza.
2 of them moved a computer armoire OUT the front door, down the front
lawn, into the garage, thru the basement and up the stairs into the
The cabinet traveled 200 feet to end up 20 feet due south of it's
I'm 44 and work now work in an office. I'm not up to muscling things
around any more. It's a tough step to realize your no longer a tough
I'm in the same situation.
I've come to the conclusing that finding some young, dumb and healthy guys
and paying them hansomly is way cheaper than paying my medical deductible.
And it only took me one shoulder surgery to figure this out.
Ain't it the truth, I struggle nightly to
find the perfect position to keep the arm
in that doesn't hurt the shoulder joint.
Furthur up thread- I have a cadre of young guys in
the neighborhood that will work like there is no
tomorrow for 8 bucks an hour and I appreciate them more
basilisk.. a creature hatched from an egg laid by a rooster
and incubated in a dung heap.
Around here, it's the parking nlot of Home Depot or U-haul where you
find the day labor folks in the morning.
You do need at least one person who understands English unless you
speak Spanish or it will be an interesting day.
Around here it is mostly just American kids
looking for an extra dollar, there is one kid here that
will show up anytime you call and work for fifteen minutes
or fifteen hours, whatever is needed, it is nice to
have the help, and almost enough to restore my hope for
the future. It is these young men's world now.
Having moved a 60,000 lb boat over land from one boat yard to another,
you very quickly learn to appreciate the skills of the moving
BTW, they also picked up and moved my 12x20x8 tool shed.
I often referred to my shed as being designed and built to be "freeway
proof" as it moved down the highway at 55MPH.
Long ago and far away I got conned into helping a friend move a piano
down into a basement rec room. Outside stairs, etc. Had about 6-8 of
us. No problem? We dropped it.... made a horrible noise. His wife was
I remember four of us moving a line printer out of a third-floor office. It
got away from us and made its own way down, through the wall of the
second-floor landing and down into the parking lot. It wasn't good for much
after that. Neither was the bookkeeper's car.
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