Tips for Hauling Heavy Stones, Blocks, or Slabs
If you plan on hauling some heavy concrete slabs or heavy stones on your own, there are some things you need to know. Whether it’s a simple backyard project or a massive landscaping job, moving heavy things is not a joke. Back injuries are serious and can leave you out of work for months. The easiest way to stay healthy and happy? Don’t carry anything yourself. Here’s how to avoid doing the heavy lifting.
Get Yourself a Dolly
One of the easiest ways to haul heavy objects is to use a dolly. A two-wheel dolly has such a low center of gravity when it’s tipped back that it keeps the load stable throughout the move. Plus, you only have to lift the object a little bit to get the base of the dolly under it, and after that, it’s a breeze. Many dollies also have straps to secure the load even more. Depending on the surface you are rolling across, it may be best to get inflatable wheels since they are so versatile. It also may be a good idea to just buy one since they are so handy, but you can easily rent one from a store near you as well.
Use Rollers or Skates
Many people get creative when moving and use a roller system with PVC or metal pipes to roll along the ground. This can work very well if you clear the right path and have an adequate surface to roll across. This concept is actually the basis for our very own Hevi-Haul utility skates. The main difference is, ours roll on axels and can carry an entire building, not just a concrete slab. Regardless, rolling the object on a skate is much easier than a DIY roller system.
Walk the Concrete Slab
Another option is to walk the heavy object along the path. A quick note: this can really tear up the ground that you walk it across since a lot of the weight of the object is being rotated on the ground. You start by grabbing one end and dragging it forward in front of the other end. Then you grab the end toward the back and drag it to be in front. This does involve a degree of lifting and physical effort, so always be sure to not push it and remain in control of the weight.
Flip or Roll the Heavy Stone
If you are on a slight slope, it can be fairly easy to flip or roll a heavy stone or another object. This involves the most lifting and is definitely the slowest moving method, but it can work in a pinch if needed. All you have to do is pick up one side of the object, flip it over, and repeat. This is another method that can damage your lawn, so if your goal is to beautify your backyard this is not a great option. Again, it also involves heavy lifting, so be sure to remember not to strain yourself over one heavy stone. It’s not worth the risk.
If you need to haul heavy stones or concrete blocks, all of these moving methods can be very helpful. Of course, using a dolly or some rollers is easiest by far. Hevi-Haul makes the highest quality rollers on the market, and they can move way bigger objects than a few cinder blocks. Contact us today if you are looking for some roller skates to make any kind of move quicker and easier.