Moving can be difficult and stressful enough as is, but the true test of will comes when dealing with the larger items in the house. While most people assume they have it bad when it comes to lifting and maneuvering the likes of armoires or refrigerators, two of the most cumbersome household items to deal with are undoubtedly pool tables and pianos. Rather than plan your move around them and put off getting them taken care of until the end, you may as well embrace the problem head on. With that in mind, Jye from ganticremovals.com.au tells us how to move a pool table or piano:
1 – Moving Your Pool Table
If you go about this on your own, you’re going to regret it. Pool tables are maddeningly heavy. It’s also safest and most convenient for the journey to your new place to disassemble the table. Even going that route, it’s best to have a few friends or family members to help out along the way.
Start by removing the bumpers from each side. On most models, this should be a relatively easy process. After that point, you’ll have access to the slate.
Now you’ll need to remove the pool table’s felt. It may be stapled down or glued, but either solution is easy to remove. Just be as gentle as possible, especially around the pockets. Pick one corner to start from and then lift up slowly in a clockwise motion until the job is done.
The next step is to pick up the slate, which is where your trusty team of helpers will definitely be needed. The slate tables will need to be removed beforehand, a process that’s best achieved with a drill. There should be around two or three pieces. Though heavy, they’re actually quite fragile, so lift them as gently as possible and take care when transporting them. (Cushioning will help greatly during moving.)
Your last step for the pool table is to remove the legs. Just flip the table over and take each leg off of the frame. You can remove the pockets as well, and then everything should be ready to load.
2 – Moving Your Piano
You should also be sure to have help at the ready when it comes to your piano: two or three additional at the very least. You’ll need to secure equipment such as a furniture dolly and heavy-duty straps. If you have a moving supply store, it’s advisable to consult with them to see which specific items you might need.
Your first step is to make sure the keyboard lid is closed and locked. You have to protect the keys at all costs. If you don’t have a lock, you should take extra care to secure it by some other means after wrapping.
Speaking of which, the next step is to wrap your piano. The best materials for this are blankets and egg-crate foam. You can add extra security with packing tape.
Now, you’ll need to lift the piano. Having a furniture dolly on hand will be a life saver. Make sure you don’t lift by the legs given their vulnerable nature! You’ll also need to keep the piano upright. You can use straps under the body with one person on each end of the piano to hoist it upwards and onto the dolly.
If you can afford it, you may want to consider hiring professional movers for such large, delicate, and heavy pieces of furniture. Doing it yourself is the smartest venture financially, but you may feel more comfortable entrusting the safety of your pieces to the experts if they are of particularly high sentimental value.