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Forum topic by UncannyValleyWoods posted 05-12-2016 12:43 AM 949 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-12-2016 12:43 AM

So, my wife got orders again and off we go, second time in a year.

I didn’t bother setting up my properly this move, since I knew it was going to be a short timer, so the garage has been fairly littered with machinery and stacks of lumber.

Knowing that the movers would not respect the wood, I did them a favor by building a 5/3, rolling crate that contains all of my short stock, scraps, clamps and few power tools. It’s built sturdy and I did not skimp on the heavy duty, locking casters.

So today, the moving survey guy shows up and is pretty baffled by my array, as I figured he would be. He told me straight up that the moving company was not going to move lumber, since they considered it the same as fire wood. I stared at a 10 foot hunk of eight quarter figured walnut and winced.

The guy liked my crate and said he would “see what he could swing” but didn’t have much hope for it, (despite the fact that it is built better than any damned crate they will eventually use to stack all our china and sundries within…

I was really cool with the guy but I argued, “I’ve never had issues moving my shop in the past, in fact, I’ve had moving companies help me pack it all up piece by piece and I figured I was doing them a favor this time by going to these lengths..” They guy just shrugged his shoulders and said no promises.

I asked when they would let me know, since I’d have to sell all this stock before we left in 9 days because I wasn’t going to just throw it out in the street with the lawn trash…

I’m bitter about it since wood working is my only viable lively-hood/sanity maker at the moment. I’m a stay at home dad with a professional wife who is constantly living in strange towns. I NEED MY SHOP. I NEED MY WOOD. It’s like asking me to abandon my baby.

I would love to hear some horror stories of shop moves. It may help me cool off a little.

/first world problem rant…

-- “If Jesus had been killed twenty years ago, Catholic school children would be wearing little electric chairs around their necks instead of crosses.” ― Lenny Bruce

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#1 posted 05-12-2016 12:48 AM

Sounds like you need to find his boss or bosses boss and have a talk.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#2 posted 05-12-2016 12:53 AM

I thought about making the argument that all of the lumber is simply disassembled furniture caught in state of temporal flux.

-- “If Jesus had been killed twenty years ago, Catholic school children would be wearing little electric chairs around their necks instead of crosses.” ― Lenny Bruce

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#3 posted 05-12-2016 07:14 PM

I was in the exact same situation about 2 years ago and was told the same thing that I could not take my wood. I ended up giving mine to a really good friend and of course when the movers actually showed up they said it would not have been a problem for them to move it for me. Even though it went to a good home I am still pissed about it.

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#4 posted 05-12-2016 08:39 PM

Interesting. My company moved me twice, and both times a big load of lumber and machinery went with me. My company said they would not pay to move “wood”. I Talked to the movers (allied) when they did the survey, and said I was going to have to get a uhaul to get the lumber and he said why? I said I know its not covered. He said no problem he’d take it.

It appears they get paid by the pound so he loved my shop. Now for the funny part. Since I had to get to work right away each time, my wife had to be there to check off each tag number (those that move know that that is)

Well each board had a tag. Lets just say I had about 750bf of cherry. She was not a happy camper.

-- Sooner or later Liberals run out of other people's money.

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#5 posted 05-12-2016 09:02 PM

Funny Story from long ago. Too long ago. My first real job out of college. Company paid move, with company paid packing. I had shelves made from bricks and boards. They carefully packed every brick individually in paper and put them in a carton. Everyone was happy – I got my shelves moved, packers got more boxes to pack, movers got more pounds of stuff to move.

The mover labor on both ends didn’t really appreciate the weight of the boxes, but their dollies worked fine and no one complained. One of them asked what the heck was in the box and I got to say “bricks!”

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