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Old 10-22-2008, 09:09 PM   #1
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The 32 foot I-joists are being delivered next week for my new home. The house is being built on top of a hill. I'm not sure the delivery truck will be able to make the turn at the top of our narrow driveway. As such, I'm expecting that they will have to unload them at the bottom of the hill. So, how do you recommend moving them to the top of the hill?

I'm thinking about building a 32' long trailer out of 2x4's with a pair of bicycle tires at the middle point. Then I could pull one or two of the joists up the hill at a time with the lawn mower or my truck. What do you think?

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Seems like a lot of work to me. Why not just remove one of the stamped knockouts in the web at one end and run a rope through it. You could drag at least a couple at a time that way.

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how many are there? a few freinds and some beverages might be your best bet.
not completely sure but i think that if they are delivered with a maffet it might be able the drive sideways? anyone know?
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I'm with the friend and beverages mind set, plus don't try to out think the guys that deliver this stuff for a living...the are very good at moving material in ways you might not think of. 32 footers are not heavy...just awkward. Carry them "standing up" not flat. My wife and I easily carried 38 footers.

By the way...when they're delivered if you see any that have the bottom or top chord dinged, or the center web poked with what looks like a fork lift tine, reject them and demand new ones. Out of roughly 65 I rejected about 10. The supplier will take them back, and cut them into shorter joists.
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Old 10-23-2008, 10:43 AM   #5
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Well, there are 60 of them. Maybe I'll just call a couple of people and have them help carry them up the hill. But, if I'm lucky, which I'm usually not, the delivery guys will be able to get to the to the top of the hill. Worst case I'll see if they can back the truck up the hill. Then we can unload them into my neighbors yard.
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You don't need a 32' trailer. You only need to attach the wheels to one end of the joist and tow from the other end. The joists ARE the trailer.
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You don't need a 32' trailer. You only need to attach the wheels to one end of the joist and tow from the other end. The joists ARE the trailer.
Yes, I could strap three of them together with ratcheting straps then put a set of wheels at the appropriate location. That would make the task much easier.

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