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When one wants to move furniture that is
larger than one person can lift, and there
is no one else around, one has no method
of moving it, short of demolishing the
furniture, and moving the chunks. I
propose a device that would clamp on the
other side of the furniture, and extend
like a car jack. It would have wheels
on the bottom, and effectively replace the
need for a second person. One could hold
up an end, and push. The one set of
wheels would allow for easy pivoting,
enabling one to navigate with ease.
One person moving dolly
Click on #5, then #9 details. [Shz, Jan 08 2006]
Moving Men Furniture Sliders
As Seen On TV! [migennes, Jan 08 2006]
Try these [csea, Jan 18 2009]
||When you go to buy the hardware for this, look at the jacks on the sides of campers - the ones that fit inside the bed of a pick-up truck. Designed to let you lift a heavy and very large object up.
||Also consider the jacks used on the tongues of trailers - they already have tremendous mechanical advantage and they come with wheels on the bottom.
||But the coolest way I know of to move heavy objects (over a smooth surface) is with an inverted air table. Like a section of an air hockey table, there are pads that you connect to an air compressor and they can levitate many hundreds of pounds on a cushion of air and be maneveured with slight pushes. Be careful though, you have mostly eliminated friction, but it will still have all of its momentum if you get it moving.
||Something similar is used to allow one person to handle a small boat [link]. With appropriate clamps, these could be repurposed for arbitrary furniture.