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Old 01-31-2018, 10:31 PM   #1
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How many of you struggle with the guys in the back of your local lumberyard?

It bugs me when I need to tandem sheet goods with these guys and almost none of them have figured out how to do it. Its twice as much work as doing it with someone that knows how. These guys do this all the time and should be pros at it. Does no senior in the yard teach them when they start? Maybe its just me that runs into this.

PS I'm not talking about the actual full time drywall packers- just the yard apes.
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Old 01-31-2018, 11:04 PM   #2
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None of the ones I've run into know how to do it. But I've taught a few.

I learned to pack and stock drywall when I worked for a material supplier before I got into the trades.



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What the hell does it mean to "tandem sheet goods"?

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Are you talking about lifting/loading two sheets at a time. because they come that way from the mfg?

Maybe they are not strong enough to lift two at a time. Now for me it
is one at a time. Im old.....

Unless you need a sh$tload of board, whats the big deal?
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I assume "tandem sheet goods" refers to 2 people carrying at the same time.

Anyone that is new to loading and moving sheet goods, doesn't know how. I usually teach the new guys. Sure, not my job, but makes my life easier. This also applies to the new guys bringing out the deliveries. They always get the short straw. This, in turn, means we get the short straw. They usually catch on after the first load.
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I don't believe anyone sticks around long enough to become "senior" in the lumber yards any more. Not at the box stores anyway.

Seems the stores would pay for basic training or hold classes at least, just to minimize workman's comp injuries.

Don't know though.

I know starting out, I had all the wrong ways down pat. Glad I was taught and learned a few tricks along the way.
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Sounds like this is about two guys who don't know how to pick up the opposite ends of a sheet and move it without it suddenly wobbling and the other yelling "whoa, whoa! Push, don't pull! Watch my fingers!"
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I thought he was talking about working in the ghetto.
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I threw my back out one time because some knucklehead couldn't lift right.

Now I will give explicit instructions on what I want them to do.
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yeah. you got 'er. Sheet goods with one guy on each end.

How do you guys do that carry? Maybe I can learn some new technique.
To start with, I assume both guys need to be on the same side of the sheet.
Who decides which side?
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We packed a bunch of 9' drywall into a basement recently. When the yard apes were in the front going down the long flight of stairs, they insisted on going down backwards. It seemed like a tripping hazard to me. It was no problem to go down forwards- I did it many times. ????
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Both guys on the same side works well for straight carrying, but when you have to maneuver through obstacles, adjust as needed.

As to who decides, the weaker guy should get dibs. I'm old, so I usually win that one.
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It also amazes me how many guys (even older guys) have no idea how to move furniture around. If we're going up stairs and I have the top, remember, I don't have arms that reach my knees. Pick up your end for God's sake.

Pick up something like a heavy end table from the bottom, not the top lip. Busting my calves/ankles as we're moving the thing is no fun.
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Deleted my post.

Wasn't too negative on my part, I didn't think. Just don't want to offend anyone.
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On a similar note, one thing I hate is when you're carrying something like a 3/4" sheet of ply and some helpful soul comes along and grabs an end. All you know is the sheet suddenly goes apesh*t.
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Both guys on the same side works well for straight carrying, but when you have to maneuver through obstacles, adjust as needed.

As to who decides, the weaker guy should get dibs. I'm old, so I usually win that one.

My wife helps me carry sheet goods to the saw from time to time. I put her on the end as a rule & I choke up to get most of the weight. She's there to act as the rudder.
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On a similar note, one thing I hate is when you're carrying something like a 3/4" sheet of ply and some helpful soul comes along and grabs an end. All you know is the sheet suddenly goes apesh*t.
"Hey thanks for the help, but could you please let go of the sheet and just hold the door open?"
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Guess Iím the odd duck out. I was taught by my dad at a youngish age on how to carry heavy things with a partner. Since Iím the young gun at work I do a lot of the partner carrying and usually can do it with minimal talking. Unless itís something extremely heavy or something ackward that we donít move often then itís nice to touch base to make sure you donít crush fingers or pull a back muscle or skewer eachother ?
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ď, I assume both guys need to be on the same side of the sheet.
Who decides which side?ď

The weaker person decides which side, because the stronger person can accomodate
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The weaker person can only be determined with a fair arm wrestling match. The yard crew should keep a sharp eye on the contestants.

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