I’m paying for it today but I won again.
I have had this antique wood cook stove for 25 years now that I have been dragging around whenever I have moved that has been sitting in my step mothers half garage for the last 15 years.
It had to be gotten out of there so we can get her place on the market.
It’s a heavy, two piece bastard. The actual stove is separate from the base and will lift out.
That makes it an even bigger bitch to move.
One of my brothers has an Office Furniture business and they have those Isuzu box trucks with lift gates.
He talked one of his guy’s into coming over on his day off with one and we got the stove up onto moving dolly’s, got it on the lift gate and then into the truck. It’s only two and a half miles to my place from there as the crow flies and he followed me back here and we managed to get it out of the truck, off the dollys and get it sat down out in the driveway here. I gave the guy $50 for doing this on his day off and it’s all good, right?
Except I can’t seem to get lined up with anyone to help me get the bastard inside the garage so it’s been sitting out there under a tarp for two weeks.
First I had to empty out a bunch of shit into the driveway, then I had to ponder the situation and come up with a plan.
That is the way forward. That and sheer stubbornness on my part.
Just to make it more of a challenge, we had set the thing down backwards from the way it needed to go in and the driveway is sloped so everything wants to roll down hill.
It took me over an hour to get it to that point above and then I had to swing the hoist around and back down the driveway a little to get it turned the way it needed to go back in.
Having it hang kind of crooked like that actually turned out to be handy.
I could gently rest that one leg on the concrete as a stabilizer as I rotated around to keep it centered.
Then it was pick it up, go drag out a heavy duty pallet I had, pick the thing up, sit the pallet on the legs of the hoist and set the thing down.
At that point I could get it turned around all the way, get a little Horror Fright floor jack I’ve had laying around underneath with a 1X4 on top and jack one side at a time up to stick pieces of 4X4 underneath as you can see there on the left side.
Even that wasn’t enough to be able to get the hoist back out and I had to jack it up again and put some 2 inch strips of 5/8’s plywood in between the 4X4’s so I could pull the hoist out.
I finally managed to do that and then it was just a matter of putting some 1X4 strips on the pallet jack, rolling it under the pallet, picking it up and then lining it up and rolling it into the hole I had kicked in all the crap to set it down.
I wound up having to put the 2 inch strips of plywood under the 4X4’s of the pallet so I could get the pallet jack back out but I got the damn thing in there finally.
Then it was time to take a break.
After getting enough energy back to continue, then I had to stack a bunch of shit I had taken out, back in there.
You pretty much wouldn’t know that stove is in there now without a close look but it is.
I could get it uncovered in about 5 minutes though. It’s just got a couple of empty coolers sitting on it and a whole bunch of other stuff stacked around it.
There was someone who was interested in this stove and I was going to make them a deal they couldn’t refuse but I haven’t been able to get an answer from several Emails I have sent, along with pictures.
I am hoping that that certain someone sees this post and gets a hold of me.
I took a walk around video of the thing I can upload to my Youtube channel and they can get a better idea of what we are looking at here and then they can decide if they want to mess with it or not.
In the mean time my back is hating on my ass today, I did all this yesterday and am paying for my stubbornness.
Meh, just another day in the life, ya know?
But I won.