Ramp for Stair Steps

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Just a couple stair steps into and out of a house, can really throw off your rhythm or even result in damages or injury. How much easier it is when you have a ramp like this to take out the steps!

In the last month we have comfortably rolled two large studio pianos over this ramp which would have been a b**** to move one step at a time. It is also much easier and quicker to roll–say 200 boxes–up and down this ramp, than to negotiate stair steps each time.

The downside to this ramp is it is rather large and bulky to be truly “portable.” I’m going to check out the lighter “Stair Step Ramps” that you see on the interstate tractor trailers.

An excellent place by the way–to purchase either kind of ramp is at N & N Moving Supplies

Moving A Customer From Chattanooga to the “Ice House Lofts” in Decatur, GA

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In the picture above, if you zoom in on the third floor of the stairway, you can see the excellent workers, Dee Shepard and Ricky Jackson, carrying a large piece around the bend.

This picture below shows the truck backed down a sidewalk, for loading. at the Hayden Place Apartments in Chattanooga, TN. The customer was moving from a 3rd floor walkup in Chattanooga, TN to a 5th floor loft with elevator in the “Ice House Lofts” in Decatur, GA.

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USING A PANEL CART TO CONVENIENTLY ROLL A LOT OF LONG, FLAT ITEMS

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On the two arched bar handles, you see quilted pad covers. They are a new addition and very helpful at preventing door scratch claims. Without the pads, the steel bar handles are out in the open, and when the cart is pushed through a doorway, the bars can collide with and scratch the wood door.

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The View From the Customer’s 5th Floor Ice House Loft About 6:30pm in the Evening, Looking West. The Metal Building Below is The “Sycamore Art Gallery”>;;;;;/strong>;;;;;

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Viewing the Ice House at a distance from the West (Looking East) from a dirt road just west of Fellini’s Pizza. You can see the Fellini’s Pizza sign to the left, and part of the restaurant building to the right. Fellini’s Pizza, by the way, in in old Greyhound Bus Station Building. The Greyhound sign is still on the wall above the pizza ovens. The brick Ice House complex is in the background.

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Viewing the “Ice House” from the front

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The view from a 4th floor balcony looking southeast.

A “Tight Tier”

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Really the only way to pack a truck for a residential move is in “Tiers.” Tiers preferably approach being flat and go from side to side in the truck. In this Tier, a dresser is the main “Base.” Heavy, flat-top objects are the best kind of “Base,” and you cannot do much better than that than with a large dresser!

Above the dresser are packed five “Levels” for a total of six Levels. These Levels include boxes, suitcases, and a chair.

A quilted pad lays in front of the tier, because a mattress is going to be stood up against the Tier. The mattress will constitute Level 1 of the next Tier as the truck is packed Tier after Tier towards the back of the truck.

Are Chinese Tire Chalks A Safety Hazard to the Moving Industry

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Recently in the moving industry, a parked moving truck got away and rolled down the hill into a house.  Fortunately no one was hurt, but it was close!

The newspaper article said the moving workers said the truck was chalked, but the tire chalk “broke.”  This sounds suspicious except that I’ve seen tire chalks that are supposed to be rated for a box-style moving truck, but seem to bend under the weight of the truck.

The picture above is the type most commonly used on 20′ to 26′ moving trucks (trucks having a “gross vehicle weight” of under 26,000 lbs)  I’ve used this type of chalk for 19 years without incident, but 19 years ago they were usually American-made.  And now they are all Chinese-made. A  few months ago, we were trying to park the truck on a relatively sharp street in the the Oakhurst neighborhood of Decatur, GA.  The worker placed the chalk in front of the back tire, and the truck SMASHED THE CHALK FLAT, and rolled over it.  I was in the driver’s seat at the time, so I just stepped on the brakes.  The worker had to scramble to find a big enough rock nearby to do the job the chalk was supposed to do.

On Sunday we were unloading at a house in Alpharetta, GA.  The driveway had an incline, but less than the street in Oakhurst.  The picture below is of the the chalk on the tire in that driveway.  It held, but it seemed to “bend” the chalk (we also used a big rock on the other back tire)  With previous chalks of this type, the black rubber triangle would keep its shape and hold solid.

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Are the Chinese practicing “Value Engineering” in the manufacture of these tire chalks?  That is, are they “engineering out” value, or this case the density in the rubber–Less dense rubber chalk equals less cost.

The owner of the Moving Supply warehouse where we buy these chalks is checking into it.  I wonder if we will have to go to using the heavy metal tire chalks like the Fire Departments use below?

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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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