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Rising to the Challenge - Mattress on top of Roof

The flexibility of the piece is the difficulty to overcome. The air blast will make keeping the shape of the mattress difficult so it will let airflow distort it. It will be tough to fasten it ...
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Keeping small containers cool on long trip

To keep your items cool over 5 to 6 hours you may need an insulating thermal bag designed to keep content at their temperature a bit longer than from a conventional bag. Such bags may be available at ...
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Transport a washing machine over stairs alone

Unless your name is Bruce Banner and the thought of hiring someone makes you angry, you need help. See if there's an organization near you similar to Seattle's "Millionairs Club" -- they specialize ...
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How can I figure out optimal postal routes?

In general, postal systems work like this: At the end of the workday, mail in mailboxes and in post offices is transported to the nearest distribution center. This sorts the mail into 2 categories: ...
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How to open push/pull doors in a wheelchair

A cane could help in this situation and many others, as it's shape allow pushing using the bottom, and pulling using the top. You could add a door stop to the bottom, so she can use it to keep them ...
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How to open push/pull doors in a wheelchair

Be sure she carries a mobile phone. Then, if she can't get into a shop, she can call and ask the staff to assist with door opening. Longer term, she may wish to let these shops know that she can't ...
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How can I pad a laptop-sized bag to improve safety for a laptop?

A layer of high-density, low-rebound foam (material like Sorbothane is very good) on each side of the laptop, backed with a glued-on layer of something rigid and strong, like fiberglass reinforced ...
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How can I carry a refrigerator with a Mercury Sable 2001 (aka Taurus)?

There is no safe way to do this. Please don't try. Either have a properly made hitch installed and rent a small trailer, or rent/borrow a suitably sized truck.
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Transport a washing machine over stairs alone

You can achieve this fairly easily, without needing to be the Hulk... Bruce Banner physique would be sufficient (i.e. An average person) He's NOT the Hulk - nor would you need to be to pull this off ...
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Transport a washing machine over stairs alone

I realise that I'm a little late to the discussion here, but for anyone searching for a solution to this problem - use a block and tackle. Kind regards, David
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Rising to the Challenge - Mattress on top of Roof

Having done exactly this (moved a mattress on a car roof, though not for anything like the distance you intend), I can tell you you'd be ahead to discard the mattress and buy a new one when you arrive....
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How to store clothes to suit frequent movings?

Unusual situations call for unusual solutions. Being on-the-move is normal for many; but, most have a 'home base' where some things can be stored. This allows traveling light. You know this. A snail ...
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Transporting a used fridge and washing machine

I don't think that you would need to wrap in cling film. If it is a hot day and you start to sweat this could become a nightmare. All of my experience (moving 5-6 fridges/ washing machines in my life) ...
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Secure way to transport golf clubs in scooter or motorcycle?

Many years ago, I've just laid a golf bag with a cover over the club heads crosswise on a motorcycle luggage rack, strapped it on with bungee cords, and ridden to the course. If you have a full size ...
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Transport a washing machine over stairs alone

deconstruct the problem: Open the washing machine and take out the top concrete block if easily accessible. Move the block separately. Do not lose the screws, nuts and bolts. You'll need them later. ...
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How to transport liquids without spilling?

You could make a surface carried with hooks (above the surface of the liquid) and then carry it by means of a rope to your hand. This should keep the surface of the liquid and the carrying surface ...
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How to get rid of household stuff stored in a storage unit?

Check your local charities that deal with reselling household stuff. At last where we live, some also offer dissolution of households as complete services (e.g. in case of deaths). They will either ...
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Padding metal hooks on car trunk bike rack

You could easily do a custom size padding made out of lifting grip pads (pads weight lifters use to have a better grip of weights/bars) they're fairly cheap, durable and easy to custom size it to your ...
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How should I store clothes to prevent animal damage and smell?

Definitely not in a cardboard box. Keeping your clothes in a cardboard box makes it easy for pest maybe not to feed on but to rest and play around. Rather keep them in a safe place like cupboard. You ...
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Padding metal hooks on car trunk bike rack

May be shrink wrap may help you. Adjust the size (initial and final diameter), reel the rubber or foam-rubber into inside (or just skip this step), then combine and heat it via lighter, then cut the ...
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What kinds of clothes are suitable to be packed in ziploc bags?

From my experience, most clothes work fine in vacuum ziplock bags. The only ones you should avoid are clothes with heavy embellishments (especially sequins) as the sealing can damage/bend/break them. ...
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How can I pad a laptop-sized bag to improve safety for a laptop?

Keeping your needs into consideration, you can wrap your laptop with 2 layers of bubble wrap before placing inside your laptop slot so that it does not take much space nor make it heavier and provides ...
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How to protect goods in a shipping container?

Containers on ships are single orientation objects, they aren't dropped unless by accident, but temperatures can exceed 65°C/150F inside a container given the right conditions/destination, I would ...
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How to find out what size storage is needed?

I would suggest doing a rough measurement of floor space around each of the larger items of furniture since in general they can't be stacked. Smaller items of furniture such as lamps or small chairs ...
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How to back up with a trailer?

Practice, practice, practice. Go somewhere it doesn't matter and try it out. In fact, take the whole family and they can all learn. That stops your spouse from standing there and screaming "left, left"...
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Moving huge quantity of salt

How much worse would the price of the salt be if you bought 10kg bags? I dunno how old you are and whether you'll be in this house for years, but it seems to me that this job is barely possible now, ...
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How to store clothes to suit frequent movings?

Since your problem is going back and forth between hanging and folding the clothes, all you need to do is eliminate one of the steps. To eliminate hanging: Forgo the use of the closet for clothes (...
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How to back up with a trailer?

The way my dad taught me was to pretend I was steering the trailer's wheels. If you want the trailer to go left, turn the steering wheel left, and vice versa -- then use counter-steering to ...
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Keeping small containers cool on long trip

An insulating bag as mentioned by Takkat is a start, but icepacks would have to last the outward and return journey. If there is a supermarket nearby, you could buy some frozen peas or other veg and ...
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Keeping small containers cool on long trip

Use the cooling blocks that are sold in camping and outdoor stores. They don't leak and keep cool for quite a long period of time. If you combine one of those with a small isolating bag, you should be ...
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