Moving a Barber Shop

In the moving world there is a category of moves called “Office and Industrial” or “O & I.” “Industrial Moves” are where it isn’t a home, or office, but something a little “nastier” like a factory, or service shop of some kind (shoe repair, electrical repair etc), or in this case, a “Barber Shop!”

I say “nastier,” because industrial moves often involve “MACHINES” or “machine-like” inventory. We moved a Shoe Repair shop once and it had a surprising number of machines. One of these machines was so heavy it BROKE a four-wheel dolly! Other machines leaked oil all over the truck.

Before moving this Barber Shop, I remembered hearing a story from a friend who had moved a barber chair and said oil leaked all over the place. I asked this Barber Shop owner whether she thought the oil would leak out of her chairs. She said they do leak some, but downplayed it. During the move, the chairs leaked everywhere–all over the shop as we were wheeling them out; all over the stairs; all over the truck ramp; all over the truck cargo box floor, and all over the concrete storage unit at the destination!

The customer did not care about the oil all over the shop and stairs she was departing–and probably expected it. The storage unit was someone else’s concern, but the truck’s ramp and cargo box floor was MY CONCERN! We put pads on the ramp just as we do when it was raining, but this was oil instead of rainwater we needed to protect ourselves against slipping on. Below is a picture of how we cover the ramp with pads when it is raining:

"Putting Pads on the Ramp Keeps Workers From Slipping on a Wet Ramp"

“Putting Pads on the Ramp Keeps Workers From Slipping on a Wet Ramp”

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I don’t have a picture of it, but we put old cardboard boxes on the wood of the truck cargo box to help catch the oil.

Below are pictures of the barber chairs and the leaky mess they left over the floors.

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"An Oily Mess on the Floor of the Customer's Storage Unit"

“An Oily Mess on the Floor of the Customer’s Storage Unit”

There must be a protocol to close off the barber chairs in some way so they do not leak oil when moved. Perhaps there is a plug you put in, or maybe you can do some heavy duct taping. If anyone has experience with this, or knows the correct way to move barber chairs without leaking oil, please reply in the comments below.

Extreme Truck Packing

When you’re loading a truck, do you sometimes get to the end of the truck and find you’re out of truck space? I hate that. But when you have exceeded the limits–how about INCREASING THE LIMITS? Sometimes you can do that.

In the first picture below there is a bulky trundle bed frame tied

    on the outside of the closed door.

You need to have some sort of small platform at the end of the truck in order to do this. Some trucks do not have it, but the majority of trucks do, as does this one as you can see in the picture. There is about a 12 inch platform where you can stand and close the door, or in this case, tie excess inventory on the back!

"Wasn't That Supposed To Be Inside The Truck?"

“Wasn’t That Supposed To Be Inside The Truck?”

Needless to say, you want to have the item tied on tight. You don’t want it falling off on the highway. But if you use at least two ropes or cables, and tie them tight, you can feel pretty secure the item will stay there. In this case with the trundle bed frame, we first thought of standing it up straight, but the bars on each side of the truck where we could tie the ropes, were too low to accommodate that. The bed frame was much more secure by resting it horizontally across the platform.

But what do you do when the 12″ platform is not enough accommodate the multiple excess pieces you need on load? In the next picture below, the movers PULLED OUT THE RAMP a couple feet so there were about three feet of “platform” beyond the normal 24′ of truck cargo space.

"I Hope It Doesn't Rain"

“I Hope It Doesn’t Rain”

However this technique really must be included in the “Don’t try this at home” category, because of the following risks:

1) You certainly cannot drive very far like this. The items in this case are mattresses and box-springs which are very vulnerable to rain!
2) It would be pushing the patience of a police officer who might drive by.

But it can save having to make a second trip. I have to say I would have been more comfortable with another couple straps tied across horizontally. But the items got there safely . . . This is definitely Extreme Truck Packing!