Id try common sense.
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you, i and joe cocker must everyday depend more and more on a little help from our friends. it's also advisable, of course, to have the right tools. in this case two are necessary; an :upright" (appliance) dolly and a 4-wheel (furniture) dolly. it also helps to watch professional movers use this equipment. it's amazing what a little leverage can accomplish.
I use an upright dolly and I've moved all kinds of extremely heavy gear with it. I'm not a big guy, but I managed to get my Kharma speakers (225 pounds per crate, each) from the garage into the living room and then unpacked w/o any problems. I even used this dolly to move some VERY large and heavy bookcases from one room to another to make space for a new couch, all by my lonesome. If you mess around buying and selling big gear for your system, a nice dolly is a requirement, it is not a luxury. I got a really sweet one for $50 at Home Depot....
Very carefully. Or have a chiropractor on retainer. I think it was Mark Twain who said the older my father got the smarter I became. Or the heavier my equipment got; take your pick. Bending your knees while lifting objects from the ground helps lots./ The next day you know if you bent your knees. Depending on your creatitivy the job can be a bit eaiser. My Cat/with the attached by umbilical can be daunting. If you live upstairs, getting things there, can be fun. Not to mention, the jounce of the dolly on each stair, is bone jarring, to whatever is coming up or down. Get help if you can. Your equipment and back are worth it.
I have moved many a heavy object on my daughter's skateboard. They have wide nylon wheels which roll easily on carpet and don't damage hardwood floors. By leaning the object slightly to one side they turn corners nicely. For really heavy stuff, I call my daughter. She has owned horses all of her life and carries two 50 pound bags of feed on her shoulder at once! Youth is wasted on the young.
Don't take this the wrong way, but think about your health instead of moving your gear. It's probably time to start a good exercise program. If your having a hard time moving gear now, think of what kind of shape you'll be in another 5, 10 or 15 years. What good is having the finest gear and music in the world if your too sickly to enjoy it ??? Sean
Similar to Bobspeak's suggestion, putting heavy equipment like large speakers on cardboard makes changing their position much easier. Don't lift them. Instead, lean them over and slip the cardboard underneath. Take the spikes off first or this won't work.
I also acquired a hand truck (aka dolly) that has two sets of wheels. It can be used upright or lay down depending on the need. Great for manuevering tall objects under low overhangs and through doors. Lastly, a piece of carpet to put between the dolly and equipment to avoid scratches is a must. Cardboard works in a pinch.
It seems to me you were asking how to box up a heavy component, and lifting a heavy component into a box is awkward. The easiest way that I am aware of is to leave the component on the floor; put the open box over the component, so that the component is now in the box, but you cannot close it because it is all upside down; then reach under the component and tip the whole thing up on its side and then over so it is flat on the floor again but now upright; close the box and tape it - et voila! A variation to this is to have tipped the component over onto its back first so that the end result is right side up, but this is only necessary with certain components and requires you to get your hands under the upturned component and so may require a couple of wood blocks to be used.