Moving a piano by movers Toronto is straightforward, but one mistake can do significant damage since the item is delicate. An 8 inch piano weighing about 900lbs is heavy to carry as the ground and gravity are also against you.
However heavy it is, there are easier ways of moving the piano, like placing it on a dolly. You can balance it on the dolly on its feet or place it on one of its sides. Balancing the piano properly ensures its weight is well distributed, which makes moving it more straightforward and takes piano movers Toronto less time.
1. Moving The Piano
The most accessible place to move a piano is level ground, but movers in Toronto know how to maneuver their ways on surfaces that are not level. Transportation is made easy by laying the piano on a dolly and effortlessly moving it on the stairs or long distances.
You will need three people to push it on the ramp truck because of the weight. When pushing the instrument on a dolly onto an incline, most weight is on the lower side, and this is the part that requires a lot of attention.
2. Lifting The Piano
Before moving the piano, movers Toronto recommend that you first unscrew the music rack and remove it. Ensure you keep it safe together with the screws for screwing it back once you get to your destination. The piano’s front legs are delicate and can break during the move. Take them off.
Have two men hold the piano, each on the piano’s sides, and the third man at the front, ready to push the dolly under for placing the piano. To safely and effortlessly lift the instrument, the men should carry it by grabbing it by the handles and the other hand on the keyboard.
The two men are also the ones to lift it 8″-12″ up the floor, while the third one at the front pushes the dolly in position for placement. The two men lifting the piano then place it gently on the dolly’s rubber caps.
The dolly’s rubber caps should be parallel with the piano’s wooden arms. Ensure the rubber on the dolly grips are securely placed. This reduces the chances of getting unexpected accidents to the piano, hurting the people behind it, and cause significant damages to the piano.
3. Tipping A Piano
The first steps of tipping and lifting the piano for moving are similar. When tipping, first unscrew the music rack and remove it. Keep the screws safe for returning the music rack when you finish moving the instrument. The front legs are delicate and need to be removed as well.
Have two people lift one side of the piano about an inch high and place a pad on the bottom of one side. While this is happening, the third person should be putting a doubled pad under the lifted piano. You can also use a blanket.
Now let down the raised side of the instrument on the pad. The pad protects the piano’s edges and the floor from scratching when placing a dolly under. The person standing on the padded side should then buck the piano up by putting one foot against its side. This is done to prevent the piano from sliding.
Two people should stand on the other end of the piano, grab the piano by its handle and under the keyboard, and tip it up. The man bucking the piano up should continue lest it slides on the carpet. If you did not remove the front legs, ensure no weight is put on them.
4. Tipping The Piano On Its Sides
As one person is bucking up the piano on one side, another one should be siding the flush on the side and ensuring both the rubber caps are in contact with the piano’s side. Ensure the dolly’s edge touches the pad.
Move the piano towards the dolly by tipping it up and down gently. Do not stop bucking it up. Do this until the piano gets to the dolly. Again, no weight should be laid on the side of the front legs as this could compromise balance.
The man bucking up the piano will multitask by wedging the dolly to place it under the piano. It is essential to hire well-experienced movers Toronto so that they can take care of your instrument during the entire process from unloading up to when it is offloaded.