It requires a well-practiced balancing act to move a piano safely that amateurs are not just capable of handling. It will be a big mistake to assume that having several people to lift and move a piano would be enough because there is more to it than what catches the eye.
The piano is a big and delicate musical instrument which makes it a special piece of furniture that needs careful handling which only companies like Delco Removals Pty. Ltd. can do confidently.
Controlling the movement through well-calculated load balancing by using suitable equipment and accessories is the work of specialists who have the required experience and skills.
Even if the piano does not undergo any external damage, it is vital to ensure that the internal parts remain functional on completion of the move. It can be a tough call that only professional removalist companies can handle with ease.
Moving heavy and bulky items like pianos requires a good knowledge about the science of maintaining inertia and balancing to prevent toppling of the instrument. The equipment used for handling only help to ease the load of handlers but the manner of handling matters most to ensure safety during movement.
The experience and expertise of the removalist help to decide the best method of handling so that the movement is smooth and the equipment remains intact and functional on after the move.
Efficiency in handling pianos reflects the use of minimal manpower to do the job because three people would be enough to handle huge pianos by using the right equipment and techniques.
Using scientific techniques
Moving very heavy pianos might appear to be a daunting task for many but not for trained removalists who know the methods of moving heavy loads with minimal effort.
Moving pianos are more about using the brains and not just crude power because the ultimate goal is to ensure a safe move that would make people forget that the piano has changed places. The size of the piano is never a concern for removalists equipped properly and having proper knowledge about when and where to apply little force to have the biggest impact.
The total of the right equipment, right techniques, and experience constitutes a safe piano movement.
Here is how you can go about in making a safe move.
Moving a piano across a level surface
To facilitate smooth movement of a piano within small spaces, removalists plan for moving the piano on its sides after placing it on a piano board, which is a special skid that slides smoothly.
For safety, the handlers remove the pedal lyre, the lid of the keyboard and the leg at the straight side and then mount the piano on the skid. It might be necessary to remove the hinges of the lid by unscrewing it to avoid any external damages to the case when putting the piano on its side.
Finally, after removing the other two legs, it is time to wrap the instrument with a blanket and place it on the board. The arrangement helps to move the piano through the doors smoothly to its new position across the same floor or up to the truck or the stairways.
To move the piano up or down the stairway, the handlers remove the dolly and slide the piano board very slowly in a controlled manner. For moving a vertical piano across a level surface, there is no need to use a piano board because a dolly is good enough to move the instrument safely.
Removing the dolly and using the hands only is the norm to move the piano through the stairs whether moving it up or down.
Moving a piano between two floors
To move a piano from one floor to another the chosen method of removalists for safe handling is to use a rig or hoist. The forklift truck is also good for lifting the piano, but under no circumstances, it is safe to try moving it through stairs.
Trying to do so can be quite unsafe and dangerous too because it can damage the piano as well as property due to the high chances of toppling. Lifting the piano by using a hoist or forklift and putting it through the window of the upper floor is a safe practice that any removalist would follow.
Unless compelled to use stairs, removalists would try to keep away from it, and even if they use it, it would be for just a single flight of stairs and not more. Indeed, the best method of moving a piano to the upper floor would be to use an elevator, if there is one available.
Shifting a piano within a room
Moving a piano within a room to change its position by a few feet might appear quite easy, but some hidden dangers can take you by surprise. The legs of a piano, whether it is a grand or vertical are most vulnerable, and one must be extremely careful not to damage it, especially if it is a grand piano.
Dragging a grand piano across the floor is the worst mistake that you must avoid as the piano would crash to the floor and can break the pedal lyre too. Even dragging a grand piano placed on a carpet can put too much pressure on the legs and damage it.
Ideally, three to five people holding a grand piano along the circumference and lifting it slightly to take it from one place to another is the recommended removal method.
For a vertical piano, at least two people should move it. To protect the legs, either lifting or tilting the piano slightly so that the legs do not touch the floor is the best way to make a safe move. Since most of the weight of the piano is at the back, be careful when tilting it to avoid toppling.
Rolling smaller pianos and large verticals without a leg is a viable option but not on carpet floors that offer too much resistance to movement.