Before I get back to my regularly scheduled posts, more typically on Web 2.0 tools, I have one more generally useful tip/trick for you.
Yesterday, we had a refrigerator delivered by Sears and once again, I saw that they were using a really interesting system to move the fridge. They each had harnesses on and they took a strap and put it under the fridge and hooked it to their harness and moved the refrigerator very easily, even through a tight doorway where the fridge was almost as tall as the doorway.
I had seen delivery men use this before for us, the last time was when our stove was delivered and before that, our very large screen, rear projection TV. And each time, they seemed to lift and maneuver the large, bulky, heavy item with ease.
So I asked the Sears delivery guys about it and they said you can buy them for yourself from Shoulder Dolly for about $60 and that they highly recommend them. They said that it takes all the strain off their backs and that they can lift and maneuver heavy, bulky things easily up and downstairs, around corners, through tight spots, etc. They said it makes it very easy to move large items.
So I went to their website and it was very informative. Here is an overview of the Shoulder Dolly system:
“The Shoulder Dolly® is a revolutionary system of moving heavy and bulky objects that works using leverage. Rather than bending over to pick up an object from the bottom for a good hand hold, the Shoulder Dolly uses webbed harnesses that go over the large shoulder muscles. The system allows the lifters to maintain an upright posture using the large shoulder and leg muscles to lift the weight, significantly decreasing strain and risk of injury to the lower back, hands, biceps and forearms. There are two models of the Shoulder Dolly, The Heavy Duty and the Light Duty.”
It looked to me like the Sears guys were using the light duty shoulder dolly. Here is a video from their site on how to use the light duty shoulder dolly:
There are several places to get the Shoulder Dolly, including from Amazon: Shoulder Dolly #LD1000. And I see that it is marked down on Amazon to $39.99 (free S&H).
And here is a link to the Above All Company Forearm Forklift Lifting Straps, 2-Pack #L74995CN which is another moving enhancement product, although I really do not know anything about it except it seems reasonable and has gotten good reviews.
We have been very impressed each time we saw delivery men deliver our products using the Shoulder Dolly and we definitely plan to buy one.
This is not a paid endorsement. I do not know, nor have any affiliation with Shoulder Dolly, TDT Moving Systems or Tom Dent. 🙂 I just think it is a good and useful product.
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