An Unusual China Cabinet

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I haven’t seen a china cabinet like this before–both for its shape and for its color. Most china cabinets are rectangular-shaped and are boring to me personally (but I don’t know if the purpose of traditional china cabinets is to “be interesting!”)

My Designer friends would better be able to categorize this furniture style. Is the arch-design evocative of a church, or of a stained-glass design you might see in a church? I do feel it has an uplifting air to it. Most rectangular china cabinets have a heavy, monolithic feel to them like having a Walmart in your dining room. This one has a different feel to it. You want to look at it first, and only secondly think about putting china in it!

What is that color? I should find out–someone tell me if they know. For some reason it reminds me of the color you would see on a theater set.

SOME TECHNICAL MOVING DETAILS:

Like most large china cabinets, it is two-piece. But the shape of the top piece makes it easier to move than the standard rectangular china cabinet top-piece. The standard rectangular top piece is an unbalanced monstrosity that can be very difficult for two men to carry. The top usually has a crown that flares out, so the top is wider than the bottom. It rolls on a 4-wheel dolly, but not with perfect balance. This top-piece of this arched cabinet on the other hand, is about the same width at the top as at the bottom. It carries relatively easily and balances rather well on a 4-wheel dolly. Because of it’s considerable height, the best or only way to get it through a doorway is on a 4-wheel dolly. When we carried it into the house, there was a plastic child-fence blocking the hallway, and there wasn’t room to lift it over the fence, so we first removed the child-fence with some difficulty.

Instead of having long glass shelves that go the whole width of the piece, each shelf is divided into two pieces. This makes the glass easier to move and easier to remove and install–another advantage of the piece!

TIP: Use a 4-wheel dolly to move the top piece of china cabinets, especially through doorways.

Guest Post by Shreya of Aussie Removals London, Titled “How Can Residential Moving Be Made Easy”

This Guest Post includes a topic I have not yet covered in this Blog, “Moving Pets.” Notice the idea of making sure your pet’s microchip (in their collar?) is up-to-date with their contact and medical details, especially during an international move. Concerning the picture below, Do not put your dog in a box!

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How Can Residential Moving Be Made Easy

Many people feel that relocation is a difficult task and requires extra effort and time. Moving to a new place with all household items is not something that can be done within a day. That is why, it can get you really bored and exhausted. But it is not always like that. Residential relocation can be simplified with the right guidance and organizing skills. Therefore, most people hire professional movers and packers who would carry out the entire process in a less complicated way. Trust me, this process can be made fun only if you know want it.

Professional assistance will take that load of your shoulders!

Expert movers and packers have hands-on experience in the relocation process. They are aware of all the do’s and don’ts of home or office relocation. They provide comprehensive solutions to all relocation hassles. I mean, who does not want to make packing a smooth and enjoyable affair? Professional movers and packers offer you a range of solutions, keeping in mind your monetary constraints. Moving companies offer various services like, packing, loading, unpacking, insurance and legal documentation.

Residential relocation with pets:

Relocation can be made challenging when it comes to transporting pets. There is a lot of noise, chaos and confusion in the house which often leaves the pet bewildered. If you are travelling in your personal vehicle , then pets can be taken along. But, if its overseas relocation, pets have to be shipped by air or water. Do not transport pets in removal lorries or goods trucks. Pets often face health problems on long journeys. It is best to make them as comfortable as human beings while relocating. Keep the belongings of your pet in a bag and carry it instead of leaving it in the removal lorry.

Keep the medical records of your pet just in case……….

When it comes to relocation, your pet can get lost if there is no proper care taken. Make sure that you keep the medical records and microchip details of your pet in case it gets lost. All the veterinary reports should be kept and quarantine arrangements ensured as it may be a requirement in the new country.

Residential relocation can be fun!!
If you have a busy life and fail to devote time to family ,then this is a great opportunity to spend quality time with family. You can get kids engaged in the task as well. They just need to be encouraged and sometimes you can bribe them with a movie or dinner! Both children and adults have can help each other in cleaning up and arranging duties. With pets, kids or other things residential relocation is always trouble-free with <a href=”http://www.aussieremovals.com/” Title = “Removals London”><b>Removals London</b></a>.

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Author Bio:

Shreya loves traveling to different countries and unexplored parts of the world. She loves writing articles on a wide range of topics like traveling, relocation, shipping, technology, and trekking. She loves blogging as it helps her in voicing her opinions about the things that she is interested in.

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Company Info:

Aussie Removals Company London ! We provide a comprehensive house and office removal services in London area designed to ensure your move takes place smoothly and quickly. Call for Removals in London: 020 3405 2000. For more information visit us at: http://www.aussieremovals.com/


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Door Threshold Protection While Moving

For some reason, customers are more concerned about Door Threshold protection than they used to be. I went 19 years in the moving business before a customer asked me about it, and the moving equipment supply house person says he has just started getting asked for door threshold protection products. He didn’t have any yet for Movers, so I improvised by using the masonite sheets below which happened to be already cut to fit in a doorway. This was fortunate for us since our other masonite sheets are either 4 feet by 4 feet, or 4 feet by 8 feet–too wide for a doorway.

A handyman friend, Jay Glenn, of “House Handy” househandyonline.com, said you can trim standard 4 foot wide masonite sheets to fit a doorway by cutting it down to size with a circular saw. Before sawing, tape the edge to be be sawed in order to minimize fraying.

In the picture below, there are two masonite sheets lying on top of one another. This is the preferred method, because:

1) The two sheets together stand up better to the weight of walking and rolling handtrucks over them, and

2) You can probably get away without having to tape the the edges to the floor.

The first go-around with this method, we wanted to protect two different door thresholds and only had two correctly sized masonite sheets, so we only used one per doorway and had to tape them to the floor. Using tape on hardwood floors is generally a no-no, so we tried blue “Painter’s Tape.” Too late, I learned–also from Jay Glenn-that there are three levels of adhesiveness to blue painter’s tape. You want to use the least adhesive type of painter’s tape, or else it will take some finish off of the hardwood–not a good thing! But better yet, have two sheets of masonite on top of one another, and dispense with the need for taping them down altogether!

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The Amazing “Panel Cart”

I don’t want to tell you how many years I did moves without the benefit of a Panel Cart! I became a True Believer after a High-Rise to High-Rise move where we moved pieces from a German “Shrunk” (a German-made Wardrobe) It had these heavy six-foot tall doors, and we had no good way to move them down the hallways and elevator and long walk through the parking lot to the truck. A worker tried to put them on a Magliner Gemini box handtruck that folds down to a cart. The delicate finish on the Shrunk doors got scratched up on the metal handtruck. Major Disaster!! If we had a standard panel cart, we could have laid the doors down in the carpet-floored Panel Cart.

Most Movers and Customers first become acquainted with the Panel Cart while moving office cubicle partitions. But anything flat and long fits a Panel Cart nicely:

1) Mattresses and Box Springs (see picture below)

2) Tables

3) Pictures and Paintings

4) Flattened Out Boxes

When going on a Moving Job in a High-Rise, we will also roll moving equipment in the cart to the Origin unit. This includes pads, tape, shrink wrap, boxes, and other packing material.

Because the Panel Cart has big, heavy-duty, soft wheels, it is idea for rolling other items that are not so flat–closed-up boxes, end tables, chairs (see picture below)

CLAIM WARNING: If you push the cart through doors into residences or into office rooms, you have to be very careful that you don’t bang the unprotected metal handles against the door. The handles can easily leave scratches if they are unprotected. The one picture below shows the metal handles padded, and you can also buy at the Equipment Supply Store –special slip-on pads that fit the handles.

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The Amazing “Mini Dishpack” Box

I only recently discovered this box. It is the “Mini Dishpack” box at 18″ x 18″ x 14″ (2.63 cubic feet) or exactly half the height of the standard-sized Dishpack box at 18″ x 18″ x 28″ (5.25 cubic feet). The great thing about Dishpack boxes in general is they have double-thickness cardboard. While doing moves through McGregor Moving for 19 years, I have NEVER had anything break in a Dishpack box if it was halfway properly packed. The double thickness cardboard is really a lifesaver. The main two applications I’ve found for the Mini Dishpack so far:

1) When you have just a few more fragile items to box-pack and you want the double thickness protection of a Dishpack, but you don’t need a full 24″ tall Dishpack. Previously In this situation I would have to:

A) Go with something like a single thickness 3.0 cubic foot box, and hope it was strong enough, or

B) Nest a smaller box within a bigger box, or

C) Use the standard size 24″ tall Dishpack box, and have to work hard to fill the remainder of the box with other items–maybe filler items like towels–or actually waste expensive packing materials by filling the excess box with newsprint, or packing peanuts, or something even more expensive like bubble wrap or mircrofoam.

2) You have something like a heavy rod-iron 16″ statue. You or the customer may not want to pay to have the statue wood-crated, but a standard single-thickness box is really too flimsy.

ENTER THE MINI DISHPACK BOX!

The “Mini Dishpack Box” is part of my regular box-packing arsenal now!

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Using “Panel Vans” on a Small “Assisted Living” Move

This is a Nissan NV3500 we used for an Assisted Living move from Birmingham, AL to Woodstock. It has 9′ of cargo space behind the door, and it’s “high cube” is 74″ high so you can stand up in it. We also stood up a full size mattress and box spring “in a tier” which is very helpful in maximizing the load.

We got about 1800 lbs in there including the moving equipment. The great thing is it gets 23 mpg gas as opposed to say an Isuzu with a 16′ box which only gets 10.5 mpg diesel.

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