|The Couch Saga...
||[Feb. 24th, 2002|04:58 pm]
So, I called movers to professionally move most of my stuff for two big reasons. The fold out couch and the roll top desk. The movers get everything out of my house with no problems. Then we get to the new apartment, and we get to the couch. Unfortunately, the hallway to get to my apartment is set up like this:|
_____| \ The apartment is here.
That carat is the doorway from outside.
(Man, I hoped that worked.)
This made it literally impossible to get the couch through to the open double doors. So, the movers suggested I try to open the big middle window, and get the couch through that way. Unfortunately, I had no idea how to do this, and neither did they. I didn't have the money to spend for them to wait around while I tried this, so I let them go. Chatting with some people online, I came up with a new theory as to how to get the couch in. Remove the door to the hallway, which would let the couch in at more of an angle.
Once my new roommate came home, I explained the issue to him. Reed said "I'm not going to help remove the door, in case the landlord is pissed, but once you do, I'll help move the couch." So, I take the door off the hinges (actually, I remove the hinges from the frame, due to the hinges being pinned on oddly.) and we try moving the couch in that way. Still not going. I call Fred over...He's bigger, stronger, and more handy than myself or Reed. We try again with the angled entrance. Nope. We try to remove the front window. The frame is rusted stuck, and won't move enough to remove the pane. We even have the neighbor open his door to try to angle the couch in a different way. That final method almost works, but the couch is too tight by millimeters to squeeze through the way it was arranged once we got it into the first square of the hallway. So, the couch is currently sitting in the garage. I have an idea as to where to store it semi-permanently, but I need to talk to one of my neighbors first. All in all, I think that was the most frustrating part of moving...
I nearly had the same problem with moving my couch into my current apartment...I felt a bit like Dirk Gentley trying to find just the right angle to get my couch through a particularly tight squeeze. I don't look forward to trying to get it out again. I nearly broke the porchlight the first time.