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The post we’ve been waiting for

…One of them, anyway.

The operators showed up at 10 this morning. Patrick, the gentleman who came out Monday to survey the site, was one of them. We were quoted $115 an hour (total, for two forklifts), and given an estimate of four hours. Additional fees included $85 for transport either direction, and $350 to have the 4th container moved from our storage facility. Patrick found the trucking company for us and contracted them out–which means he made the scheduling arrangements and we’re paying (probably with a little extra on top) through the construction company instead of direct. Still, it was the best price we’d heard, and the driver was accurate in his trailer length. It was 43 feet long, exactly.

Having the containers placed, including the one the driver dropped this morning, only took 2.5 hours, so we’re ahead a bit on what we’d expected to spend, which always makes for good news.

I’d describe further, but pictures, in this case, really are worth a thousand words:

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The driver picking up the fourth one at our storage facility.

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Crane 1

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Crane 2

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Two in place

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And they’re all in place!

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Kinda looks homey, right?

After all the stress and general up-in-the-air uncertainty about how exactly this was going to go down, I can’t begin to express my relief.

So instead, I’ll just show you this composite video:

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Cranes

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!

At storage unit

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…

Delivery (November 24, 2014)

tl;dr: Container one has been dropped safely. It was an adventure, but it’s here. I had a beer with dinner to recover. Scroll for pics.

Long version:

Our property has two driveways. The main one is about 80 feet long, a bit twisty, and somewhat steep. At the top of the drive, about twenty feet left, is where we plan to place our containers. To the right, there is a drive around to the other driveway and other side of the property. The space where the containers are going is fairly tight, as we sit against the side of a hill, making our flat space narrow than it may first appear, given we have 2.3 acres.

We used a towing company out of Memphis that came recommended by the folks who sold our containers to us. On the one hand, the delivery dude has been very patient and professional. On the other… well. I should have taken a picture of it coming up the driveway, but instead I’ll show you what I did take.

These photos are the container being dropped.

These are photos of the truck going back down the driveway, empty.

These photos are of my dog, who has decided she is going to be a trucker.

I spoke with dispatch several times before the truck came, hoping to ensure we had as much manuevering room as the truck required. Unforunately, it turns out dispatch doesn’t really have the full picture of information required. They told me, and I quote, “As long as we can get up the driveway, we can put it anywhere you want it.” That may turn out ot be true, but it’s not as simple as all that. The trailer is 60 feet long. Combined with the truck itself, we’re talking around 67 feet of truck we had to get up a driveway and around a fairly sharp turn. It also needs quite a bit of forward drive space to pull out after beginning to drop the trailer.

The driver had to drop the container in a random spot so he can come in from a different direction at a later date, reload it, and drop it where we want it. He’d hoped to make these four deliveries in two days, but delivery one took around three hours, so we’re not convinced that’s possible going forward.

This was clearly not the driver’s first rodeo, thankfully. He’s got three more deliveries to make for us, so he made sure to look around and formulate a plan of action for the upcoming deliveries.

Watching this for three hours was, honestly, incredibly stressful. The driver was very calm and patient through the process, but I was a wreck inside. I’m glad everything turned out as well as it did. Hopefully the next few deliveries will be less exciting.

The lesson here? If you have a strangely oriented space, make sure to talk directly to the driver who will be dropping your containers. If possible, it’s even a good idea to have them come check out your land first. Our containers came from Memphis (about a 2.5 hour drive) so we didn’t have that option. Also, find out what kind of truck they are bringing and how long it is. A normal tilt bed trailer and truck would be about 20 feet shorter than what is delivering ours. It would have been our preference for a lot of reasons., but at this point, we’re going to continue with the company we’ve got.