Tips & Techniques

For Using Our Heavy Load Movement Systems

FLOOR SURFACE PROBLEMS

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The smoother the surface, the easier it is to move a heavy load with an Airsled® system. If moving the load over carpet, dirty floors or other porous surfaces, use the rough surface/carpet adapters. After the air beams are in position under the load, slide one plastic adapter under each air beam. Tuck the other two adapters slightly under the first two and extend them out in front. Turn on the blower and glide the load from one set of adapters to the next. If moving farther than 3 inches, reuse the first set of adapters to extend the nonporous track. A vinyl or plastic runner works well for moving longer distances. Always overlap the adapters in the direction you are moving. Carpet adapters can be used moving from uncarpeted to carpeted areas, over door jambs, closet tracks, thresholds or porous flooring.

LOW OVERHEAD CLEARANCE

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There should be at least 1-1/2″ clearance between the top of the load and any overhead cabinets or fixtures. The force of the plates lifting the load can collapse or unhinge an overhanging fixture. If the overhead clearance is less than 1-1/2″, try opening the air release valve on the hose at the top of the tee-connector before turning on the blower. If it is still too tight, try teasing the blower switch by rapidly turning it off and on to provide enough air for movement without a high forceful lift. Test these methods carefully to ensure you will have enough clearance. If you have extremely low overhead clearance, an Airsled ball valve accessory may be needed.

AIR BEAMS WON’T SLIDE UNDER THE LOAD

An image showing what to do if the air beams won't slide under the load.

 

Tilt the front of the appliance by pushing against the top front. Slide a 1/2″ thick block of wood under one corner. This will provide enough clearance to slide each air beam into place. When repositioning in the new location, replace the block under the front corner before turning off the blower. Turn off the blower, remove the air beams and then remove the wood block from under the load.

AIR BEAMS WILL NOT GO THROUGH THE REAR OF THE LOAD

A visual guide if the air beams will not go through the rear of the load.

 

If the air beams are hitting rear wheels, move the load forward to reposition the load. The air beams should now extend slightly past the rear of the load. If the side of load is accessible, slide the air beams through the side. The other method is to align the air beams in a V shape so that the outside corners of each are positioned under the sides of the load.

INFLATED AIR BEAMS DO NOT FULLY CONTACT LOAD

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The un-inflated air beams work best when within 1/4″of the base of load and the contact points are flat. You can bridge the gap with wooden blocks.

IF LOAD IS FLOATING LOWER IN REAR THAN IN FRONT

An image showing what to do if the load is floating lower in the rear than the front.

 

Step on the front of the inflated air beams near the hose connections to force more air to the back. Move the floating load toward you 6” to 12”. Turn the blower off. Check to see if the air beams will easily slide under further. The closer the front is to the hose fittings the easier it is to move.

Airsled systems are used for a wide variety of applications and we strive to provide the highest quality products. If you need additional help using our heavy load movement systems / dolly moving equipment, please contact us.