Moving Tips From the Family Handyman Help Make the ...

Are you moving Dreading it Want some tipsTo help make your moving experience less stressful, the DIY home improvement experts at The Family Handyman () have some quick tips to help you spend less time moving and more time at the beach, which is where we want to be in June, right - if it ever decides to actually warm up and stop raining.Here's what they recommend:Skip the mover fees, back damage and general frustration with some of these simple, budget friendly techniques:: Centering the weight is key. A tall dresser, filing cabinet or shelving unit is awkward to handle so make it a two-person job. Tip the item backward at an angle and have one person carry the top while the other carries the bottom. This centers the weight and keeps the item from swinging out of control. Transporting the item up or down stairs is easier too, since the carrying angle will roughly match the slope of the stairs: A large easy chair can be the opposite of easy to move. The best approach is to do a sideways carry and "hook" large chairs around corners. Turn the chair on its side so it looks like an "L" and move it back-first through the doorway. Then curl it (hook it) around the door frame and slip it through.: You can buy furniture slides in many shapes and sizes at home centers and online. It's also easy - and more cost effective - to make your own sliders from plastic container covers, Frisbees, bedspreads, moving blankets, towels and carpet remnants. Use hard plastic sliders for carpeting, and soft, padded sliders for hard flooring.: Trying to wrestle a heavy, floppy mattress anywhere is tough. Many mattresses have handles, but they're not intended for carrying. They're actually made to help you position the mattress, so they're not very strong. Here's an easier way to carry a mattress: Make a simple rope sling that will give you and your helper a lot more control. Thread the rope through the mattress handles and attach your grips as shown. Flip the mattress over so the sling is on the bottom and you're on your way.: Remove the fabric covering (the most tedious part of this whole process is removing the staples) and place the box spring face down. Pull back the mattress cover along each side and cut through the frame just to the left or right of the middle crosspiece (don't cut through the crosspiece itself). Do this on both sides and in the center.For the full list of 10 moving tips, click ..Follow me on Twitter at ISeiberling.

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