Who do you call when you've got a 250 lb large format printer that's too big to manhandle up a flight of stairs and shoehorn into a home office... Rapha Large Format Moving and Storage (aka my pal Brendan and his friend Navjeet). A day earlier I'd been standing in the garage staring at the imposing size of the Epson 9890 watching my plans for a painless installation go out the window before it hit me... the window, it needed to go IN the window.
A few measurements confirmed the printer cross section would fit, with the added advantage it would arrive within inches of it's final destination in one ballsy move. As luck would have it the good folks at United Rentals immediately across the road from our community had just the right forklift for the job and one of the service reps just happened to be a neighbor. Jennifer, her husband and son Sean dropped by that evening for a sanity check and gave me the thumbs up. Time to call in Brendan my heavy equipment specialist and perennial conspirator in these kind of plans.
Not wanting to let the opportunity for a little fun while the $4000 printer was suspended 12 feet above the ground I painted up a construction helmet in Rapha colors for the occasion. Came out looking rather sharp as modeled by the big guy I think.
I engineered a cardboard sled between the printer and palette so two of us could simply pull it through the window once Brendan had the forklift in position. It all worked like a charm... twenty minutes later we had it safely pinned to its stand, mission accomplished.
Many thanks to Jennifer (her husband) and the United team for their help. The rental made all the difference. I highly recommend them, if you need to go vertical. Brendan and Navjeet, thanks boys and Juli, well none of this would ever happen without your indulgence and support. Let the printing begin.