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    Default Timber floor protection moving piano

    Hi folks,
    I am close to getting our timber engineered floor put down and as part of this I will need to move furniture around the house. No big deal - except for our upright piano. I have moved it in the past with my trusty dolly (pictured) but it does leave marks. This hasn't really mattered so far because we were always going to replace the floor.........

    I am pretty sure that just replacing the hard rubber castors with the right ones will do the job, but I am not sure which wheels to get. I could just put ply down for moving the piano, but I use the dolly pretty regularly so I may as well sort it properly now and not have any problems in the future.

    Was thinking some bigger rubber pneumatic castors but not sure. Does any one have one that they know will not leave marks?

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    Is it black marks from the rubber, or marks from scraping the floor?


    if the former, you could put tape around the tyre to cover the rubber. No rubber to floor contact = no marks.

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    Tough one ... I have a couple of trolleys and bot leave black marks when loaded. I moved the piano using it's own wheels over alternating sheets of 4mm ply. Those wheels are 20c China made wheels. I have seen some higher quality industrial wheels with a yellow compound but never paid much attention.
    This are probably just as cheap China origin ones but they do say "no marking".

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    Sorry. I was not precise. I leaves indentations, a visible line where the flooring has been a crushed. If it were black rubber marks I can run it over drop sheets. I think the hard rubber wheels that I have are too narrow and hard.

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    think how a man can lie on a bed of nails?

    i.e. you need many more of the same sized wheels, or w i d e r wheels...

    (but i doubt you could work out how many or how wide without guessing...)
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    I think that you are spot on DavoSyd. I am hoping that someone who may have moved a few points can help me with just how wide.
    I could calculate it at a pinch. But generally experience @@@@@ on calculations IMHO...

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    yes, imo - go wayy over your guesstimate and you might be close enough...

    but experience trumps all... I excitedly await Marc's nailbed anecdote!

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