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I work alone and need to move 4 large round folding tables down 1 flight of stairs. The tables weigh approximately 40-50 lbs each. I tried rolling them but they just slide and are too heavy too control alone. Is there some sort of way to move them? Any advice is greatly appreciated.

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Hello Susan,

If you had trouble "sliding" them down the stairs, there isn't much else you can do other than carry them. There is another option you could try but also requires sliding them down the stairs. Once the table legs are folded flat against the bottom of the table, maneuver the table to the top of the stairs. Position the bottom of the table against your side that will face the railing. Lets just say it is your left side of your body. Keeping the table bottom against your left side and shoulder, grab the lower folded leg's "crossbar" with your left hand. Take your right arm and hand and grab the top edge of the table. Keep the table pressured close to the left side of your body. As the table starts over the first step, don't let it start to rotate like a wheel. The crossbar should remain horizontal all the way down the stairs  as your opposite hand/arm remains on the top of the table. Keeping these hand and arm positions puts the brakes on the table. You will just let it "slide" over each step till you reach bottom. If it's too hard to keep the table at a 90 degree angle you can slant it a bit but only a little bit! Keep a good grip on the crossbar and top edge.

Let me know if you need me to clarify anything. Keep me posted and please be careful!

Thanks,

Harry

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I have almost four decades of experience in the moving & storage industry. When I was a small boy my father introduced me into the moving business and I have been hooked ever since. At first I started out as a young laborer untill I was old enough to drive a furniture van. As time went on I drove 18-wheelers around the country moving small shipments as well as large corporate relocations. I was taught the old school methods by men that were craftsman in their field. I learned how to pack the most delicate of breakables as well as museum pieces. It was common practice to do estimates and even the actual ratings on interstate jobs. Doing commercial moves were a big part of my moving career over the years. Some of the big names that I delt with were "GE","MICROSOFT","FIDELITY INVESTMENTS" AND "AMERICAN EXPRESS". As the years went by my family retired and sold the business (not my choice). I went on to establish my own moving company which ran for 12 years before I phased out the physical moving itself. Today I have developed a consulting service where I advise future furniture buyers as well as people moving for the first time on what to expect from their upcoming adventure. Furniture buyers are advised on what size furniture will fit through their narrow doorways and tight hallways. By choosing furniture with the right dimensions will narrow down the probability of the furniture being returned back to the store. That is not a scenario people want after waiting 8-12 weeks for their new furniture. I can also help people to understand the proper procedures of a first time move in their lives. I tell them what is to be expected,how they can save money,how to choose a good mover and what is involved with getting the packing done.

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