Hardwood Dollies: Unsung Household Heroes
Let’s face it: Most us are not superheroes. We don’t have laser-vision, telepathy, or invulnerability, as much as we’d like to think we do. We’re born with one life, one body- no spares. So, we should take care of it as best as we can, right?
Yes, this principle does include remaining hydrated, getting adequate rest, and exercising regularly, but I’d like to focus on an aspect of health most tend to overlook: safety. Namely? Safety in the home.
Think to yourself. When’s the last time you’ve bought new furniture, moved homes, or generally moved around heavy objects? Last year? A few months ago? Yesterday? Think back. Did you need help? Did you have to call a friend in for their (very convenient) truck and/ or (very impressive) upper body strength? Or did you and your roommate heave-ho up the stairs with your new, much-needed recliner? Or worse: did you go it alone?
There are plenty of ways to tackle a home project that includes heavy-lifting; our concern should be which of those ways is safe.
The Dangers of Heavy Lifting
The single leading cause of disability worldwide, according to the Global Burden of Disease 2010 and the American Chiropractic Association, is lower back pain. It is also the most common reason for missed work, and the second most common reason for visits to the doctor’s office. As a matter of fact, Americans spend around 50, 000 million dollars a year on remedying back pain alone!
What this should tell us is that strain on the lower back is far more serious than any of us realize. And the number one way to put strain on your back is- you guessed it- heavy lifting.
A Safer Way to Lift
Now, you could try switching lifting techniques; that is a safer alternative to lifting improperly. But what do you do when the package is out of your lifting range?
Thankfully, dollies exist. A dolly, defined as “a low truck or cart with small wheels for moving loads too heavy to be carried by hand,” can be easily found and purchased at your local hardware store. Moving heavy objects with dollies is a superior method to simply lifting them, as they not only protect your body from unnecessary exertion, but they carry the object on wheels, effectively moving the item more quickly than one or even two people ever could, especially when weighed down.
Now, there are a few setbacks. Your average dolly isn’t exactly “home friendly”; its low platform is backed by an enormously tall handle, meant to shift the weight of the load onto its large wheels as you push it. It’s large, heavy, an eyesore, and frankly, not very practical for smaller spaces, smaller people, or even regular storage. This is why a more domestic approach to the dolly design has been created.
Hardwood dollies are a simplified version of the original. They discard the supposed “necessity” of the oversized handle, as well as the idea of shifting the weight of the load- which may, ironically, also lead to lower back strain. Instead, the weight of the load is distributed evenly across the entire platform, and you’re free to simply push the load along. It’s far more practical for larger objects, such as sofas, appliances, pianos, etc., and it completely prevents the risk of anything tipping over- an event that could very possibly lead to injury.
The flat, hardwood dolly’s simplistic design also allows for easier storage. A good few of them feature removable wheels and casters, making them ideal for tidy stashing. And, on top of that, these dollies tend to be far more affordable than your traditional moving dolly, and more lightweight. All in all, they’re the ideal equipment for keeping your home projects quick and safe.
These handy, affordable household heroes can be found in our store. Before you rearrange your furniture, or replace your dying washing machine, be sure to avoid a future of back pain and invest in your own wooden Superman: the hardwood dolly. These carpet end dollies can be found at our website. Or you can call us at 1-(800) 264-6809. One of our qualified experts will be happy to help you find the solution that’s right for you.