pushing a chest freezer home on a dolly
I needed a way to transport a new freezer home from Costco, and decided to push it the 2 miles home on a dolly. Fortunately, Harbor Freight had a 1000 pound rated piano dolly for $17, plenty strong enough to hold the 100 pound freezer. I removed the slippery rug material, and replaced it with rubber from an old truck tire innertube, glued down with wood cement.
I was nervous about a wheel breaking and being stuck 1/2 way home with the freezer, but all went well. I wore my running togs, and a Costco guy helped me to move the freezer to my dolly, after having me sign a waiver to not sue them if the freezer fell off the dolly on the freeway. There was not much chance of that happening.
I waited for cars to pass, made my way out of the parking lot and 1/2 way across the street, when a harried driver came whizzing around the corner aiming right at me. I stopped in the middle of the street as the car whizzed past, then proceeded, the dolly wheels clunking hard on the other side at the edge of a driveway. I quickly learned to stop and lift a front wheel over the edge, which was easy to do, but the freezer had shifted part way off the dolly and was leaning to the side. It took a minute to get the freezer back on center and all was well from then on.
Half way home a nice black man waited for me to cross the street. I motioned him on, and he motioned me on, so I went ahead and waved thanks. I got a lot of curious looks and friendly smiles while pushing the freezer along. My goal was to get the freezer home the 2 miles in an hour, and I made it in 34 minutes. Now I am inspired to use the dolly to move things.