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The Artful Bodger
01-02-2011, 10:37 PM
I have been doing some serious days work packing my three garages into a 20' shipping container. I was fortunate and got a number of steel office filing cabinets which are just the bees' knees as the drawer slides are sturdy and the drawers easily hold a number of items such as electrical hand tools etc etc.

So far, Lego, 3 filing cabinets filled with electrical and computer antiques, my collection of various electric motors up to 5 hp, my ships radar scanner, a huge collection of electrical meters (mostly very old and some big), 60 drawer steel cabinet filled with workshop bits such as nuts, bolts, screws, more antique electrical bits. Several cartons of radio valves ('toobes') and all manner of interesting bits and bobs. 4 more filing cabinets empty but already in the box for last minute items.

Still to go, lathe, cold saw, bandsaw, drill presses, compressor, mig welder, arc welder, Benelli, Honda and Douglas motor bikes.

I think it will all fit OK but it already weighs over 7 tonnes! I was trying to keep below 6 for the cheapest freight rate but no show of doing that! :doh:

Incidently, while doing this project I un-covered my audio cassette collection of a few hundred tapes, I was about to dump them all but a test play of a few of them show they have survived very well so they are in the box too.

The Artful Bodger
01-02-2011, 10:37 PM
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There is about 4 inches of clearance to get the box between the fence and the house and we cant lift it with a crane because of the slight jutty-out bit on the house.

Planks laid down with 3" water pipe for rollers and another plank between the roller and the bottom of the box. The truck still found it a mighty struggle as the ground was very soft under the box. So far no serious damage to the house but we still have to move it another 12' or so before the side lift truck will be able to get a lift on it.

The Artful Bodger
01-02-2011, 10:38 PM
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As the box moves forward we have to move the 'rear' end across to keep it clear of the house. Even 4 tonnes is suprisingly easy to move with the jack when on these rollers.

The Artful Bodger
01-03-2011, 02:53 AM
Later that day:-

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The box is moved clear of the house ready for pickup (when I finish loading it).

We tried large wooden rollers but they would not roll on the soft uneven ground, we tried steel pipe rollers between planks of wood but they would not roll either (the pipe dented to wood too much) but we got it moved eventually by laying well greased planks on the ground (grease side up!).

davidwdyer
01-03-2011, 05:54 AM
Where in the world are you moving to?

I did that a couple of years ago moving everything to Brazil. In my case, it didn't seems as if the weight mattered, since it was going by ship. What a job!!! I hope I never have to move the stuff again.

PixMan
01-03-2011, 06:18 AM
Any issues you had getting the box into that position will be tenfold worse once it's loaded. Best of luck!

John Stevenson
01-03-2011, 09:09 AM
Why didn't you dump it where it is for pickup ?
Why push it in then pull it out again ?

I think if I'm ever in that position I'll use the move to have a good clearout.

Years ago I was given3 pallets full of useable good electric motors, they did two moves with us which wasn't bad as we owned trucks and cranes at the time.
When we came here we had been here for about 8 years and one day whilst looking at these motors I realised I had not used one of them, so handballed them into the Donald and weighted the lot in.

aostling
01-03-2011, 10:30 AM
I have been doing some serious days work packing my three garages into a 20' shipping container.

John,

Contrast this, with my "tonnage" when I moved from Wellington back to the USA. It was 1978, and ocean liners had ceased to exist. I couldn't pack my stuff back into the steamer trunk I'd come down with in 1971.

The NZPO had a maximum parcel weight of 10 kg. I mailed back ten of these, some of which included all my Craftsman mechanics tools. So everything I owned weighed 220 pounds (plus what would fit into my backpack).

Have you already bought a house in Ashburton? If so, I'd like to see it on Google Maps.

The Artful Bodger
01-03-2011, 01:39 PM
Where in the world are you moving to?

I did that a couple of years ago moving everything to Brazil. In my case, it didn't seems as if the weight mattered, since it was going by ship. What a job!!! I hope I never have to move the stuff again.

Not far, 3 hours ferry and 6 hours drive to our retirement house (it wont be a home until we move in!:D ) in Ashburton which is in the South Island of NZ.

Weight is only an issue when on a truck as a lighter container can be taken by a lighter truck which is cheaper.

The Artful Bodger
01-03-2011, 01:41 PM
Any issues you had getting the box into that position will be tenfold worse once it's loaded. Best of luck!

The box has been beside the house for about 15 years with the Lego train layout inside, now that is all packed to one end and the workshop stuff and other of life's collection is partly loaded. Motor cycles and machines still to go in.

The Artful Bodger
01-03-2011, 01:58 PM
Why didn't you dump it where it is for pickup ?
Why push it in then pull it out again ?

Ummm..... it was beside the house and not it is where a truck can get it.





I think if I'm ever in that position I'll use the move to have a good clearout. Dang! Why didnt I think of that!:eek:


Years ago I was given3 pallets full of useable good electric motors, they did two moves with us which wasn't bad as we owned trucks and cranes at the time.

When we came here we had been here for about 8 years and one day whilst looking at these motors I realised I had not used one of them, so handballed them into the Donald and weighted the lot in.

Some are probably in that category but others are geared motors etc and things I just would not want to buy if I ever did find a use for them. Besides, reading the Gear Hobber topic how could I possibly part with any of the servo motors!

The Artful Bodger
01-03-2011, 02:05 PM
John,

Contrast this, with my "tonnage" when I moved from Wellington back to the USA. It was 1978, and ocean liners had ceased to exist. I couldn't pack my stuff back into the steamer trunk I'd come down with in 1971.

The NZPO had a maximum parcel weight of 10 kg. I mailed back ten of these, some of which included all my Craftsman mechanics tools. So everything I owned weighed 220 pounds (plus what would fit into my backpack).

Have you already bought a house in Ashburton? If so, I'd like to see it on Google Maps.

Allan actually moved into this house packed in a light blue Mini!

The Post Office is surely cheaper than shipping and customs agents! Friends in the Czech Republic sent me a house brick (not just any brick but thats another story), the first I knew was when I saw the postie walking down our street carrying a brick in one hand and a torn scrap of brown paper with my name and address in the other, I guess thats what they mean by 'insecure packaging'!

John