I last left you with this: We now have two containers, and neither of them are where we want them.
Which brings us to cranes. We need to have our containers placed where we actually want them. The easiest way to do that, believe it or not, is with a crane. They can tie on to our containers and “hop” them over to where we want them. With any luck, I’ll be able to take some video of that experience.
On a related note, my grandfather operated heavy equipment for all of his career–not little dozers, or sweet little dump trucks–but things like the biggest crane you’ve ever seen. And he had to move that equipment around a lot. I’m realizing what an asset it is to have someone whose job is to drive big things, and figure out how to move big stuff from point A to point B. Kudos, Papa. You’re amazing, and I appreciate your mad skills all the more, now.
You may be wondering, “Lacey, just exactly where do you rent a crane? How do you find that sort of service?” The answer, my friends, is the same as every other answer in 2014: Google. With the right search term, you can find anything. Information literacy at its finest.
So, I searched “crane rental <our town>” and up popped about five choices, all with nice websites and clear contact info. The two gentlemen I spoke with are willing to come check out the situation before we commit to a rental. One offered, and one agreed after I explained the issues to date with people saying they can do something, then getting here with a semi and realizing it’s not as easy as all that.
The cost varies very slightly, but it’s about $150 per hour, operator included (thankfully). Don’t get me wrong, $150 is a lot of money, but we’re ready to have these containers in place, and if that’s the cost, we’re ready to write that check.
I’m making appointments for them to come
out Friday today. I’ll let you know what they say!
Just for fun, here’s a picture of the container at our storage facility. And yes, we also have the pleasure of moving this container one more time. Oh joy…