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I made a terrible mistake: I purchased a great set of glass patio doors and, because I was not yet in the house where I intended to install them, I had them delivered one block away, to a neighbor's side yard.

They are glass patio doors, high quality, double pane, low-e glass, etc., and while they were delivered on a wooden buck by two normal looking guys, now that I want to move them one block away, I can't find anyone to do it for less than the cost of the doors! They are HEAVY, that's the universal complaint.

I estimate the two panels are maybe 250-300 lbs. They are about 5'x7', so they're awkward. I have a trailer that would fit the buck. It's the LIFTING that seems to be the problem. The two guys I used to hire for heavy lifting have moved. The day labor at the nearest Home Depot don't look up to the job either.

Can anyone offer an approach that might help this situation? I can't move them myself, for sure. I was not there when the doors were delivered but the neighbor says the two guys just lifted each door off the buck and set it against the side of the truck, which had tall mesh sides, then they put the buck in the yard and lifted each door onto it by hand. No dolly or anything, they just lifted them.

I was at the yard when they loaded the doors onto the truck - they just lifted it up by hand. A third guy put the wooden buck up onto the truck bed while the other two lifted.

I called a patio door installer. He says it's not worth his time to do a job like this. He makes money installing doors, not moving them one block.
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5' x 7' each?! Or 2 doors each 30" x 7' ?
Move one at a time. lay 2x4's across the truck box and lay the door(s) flat...forget the pallet.
If they're the 2'6", not 5' doors, they're not as heavy as you might think. I moved a bunch of 30" x 6' 8" patio door sealed units by myself, and I'm over 65...
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Roloff, Use a method that enables use of the wheel. have enough help to prevent the item(s) from toppling-over. Some hand-trucks have large floor wheels AND small upper wheels. Often these hand-trucks can be used in tandem - each with four wheels on the ground surface. Just don't expect the glass to be able to flex in any way.

I'm inclined to agree with Dan - those probably are not going to be as heavy as they may seem, but even gigantic loads can be rolled. Some stores sell "dollies" that are simply a carpet-covered wooden frame with four wheels. A pair of dollies should roll for even quite heavy loads!

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They are 5' across each, not 5' total for two doors. Each door is about five feet x nearly 7' tall. They will be approximately 10' wide patio doors when installed. It's that size that has made them unstable when I tried to hire two guys to lift them back onto the buck for transport to their new home. Any wobble turns into disaster.

They are not in their final frame yet but are bound by metal edge banding. I can hardly imagine what installing them will be like! By then, I will have someone install them. I expect they will have enough labor on hand to lift them. It's right NOW that is the problem - they need to be out of that neighbor's yard.
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OPG3 - yes, maybe one way would be to build a carrier on wheels, make it easy to get next to a door and basically lift it just a foot or so, until it lands on the carrier?
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I feel the pain!!
My home is nestled in suburbia, populated by a bunch of soft pencil pushers except the guy next door, a former jock and now a gym teacher. He will help but only as available - which seldom meets my schedule for doing projects. So, with that said, I have learned a great deal about inclined planes (ramps), levers, pulleys (chain falls and the like), and wheeled conveyances (dolleys of whatever size I need). That patio door - I'm currently taking a break from finishing installing to write this , a 72x80 Marvin (300# HEAVY!!) was delivered by one guy and hoping for my help. Gotta say again, heavy, but the two of us did put it on the porch. Spring ahead - install time. A big lever, a nice skid and it's in place. I considered pulling the doors but that entailed taking off many pieces and a lot of trouble. The old one was disassembled, not quite as heavy en total, but have to say that loading it on my pick up for a final trip - gave me a good work out. Then there was the car body I installed on the frame with 2 chainfalls - again with no help. Oh and my age - beyond 70!!

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I don't know where you live but I think I would find another installer.If nothing else he should have at least told you it would be and add cost.Have you called the place you bought them from and asked them if they would be able to help you?Maybe you can find a couple of young guys in the neiborhood to help even if you have to give them a few dollars for their help.
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Rent a lumber cart (like at Lowes/HD) or better yet, hire someone else. I have a former neighbor that tried this same issue and ended up losing a gall bladder and part of his stomach and colon when he slipped and the thermal glass snapped. It was supposed to be tempered too, but it sure did not break into small rounded pieces.

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Put an ad on Craigslist for some help.
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How are you going to move them after they're installed?
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