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Old 11-03-2008, 09:38 AM
Location: Burnsville, MN
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Ok, here's my deal- Just moved into a rental townhouse, no washer/dryer, but has a hookup. I do have a pickup truck. Looking to get something used, local, ala Craigslist. Once I get it, how do I properly move it? Any help and advice for me and anyone who might be moving is appreciated

My thoughts: Buy a handtruck and those ramps for atv's/motorcycle to get it into the truck. Once I get it home, just struggle to get it down through the kitchen and down the stairs.
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Old 11-03-2008, 10:04 AM
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Handtruck is awesome....but if you don't have one use a broom. No kidding! Learned that trick in the military.
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Old 11-03-2008, 10:40 AM
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You may be able to rent a heavy duty hand truck. Check that out before buying. They would come with a belt sort of arrangement that allow the washer to be tied to the hand truck body.
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Old 11-03-2008, 11:29 AM
Location: Central Fl
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You have a few options.

First, many times I find it easier to move a dryer by hand using two people. They are much lighter.

You can use a hand truck, but you would be better off renting for one day an Appliance Dolly.....a heaver duty hand truck with straps. Should be less then $20 for the day....sometimes less. You need the straps to hold the appliance ON the hand truck.

Getting a strapless hand truck down basement steps with the washer bobbing all around is not fun. Use an appliance dolly.

If you were not going down steps, I recommend moving straps, where you do not hurt your back. The straps go under the appliance , bookcase, etc, and have handles for your wrists, giving you much more lifting power without hurting your back.

hand trucks are too skinny to hold a washer or dryer securely.

You didn't ask, but clean out the dryer vent FIRST, and make sure it is not a cheap plastic one........also, replace the washer hoses also, preferably with the steel mesh type instead of the cheaper rubber ones.

Frank D.
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Old 11-07-2008, 05:30 AM
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The U-Haul dealers usually rent the appliance dollies.

As for the ramps-if you have a couple STRONG folks helping, you can probably lift the appliances into the bed of the truck.

Be aware that a front-loading washer is insanely heavier than the regular top-loaders. My dh, ds and I saw our lives flash before our eyes, lugging that thing up the basement stairs in our old house!
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