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Hazards While Working Alone
By John A. Tuttle

HI All,  As much as I like conveying the good news about being self-
employed and working as a 'one-man band', it's not all peaches and
cream.  And since I believe very strongly in finding the good in any
bad situation, I present to you the following scenario.

After stringing an upright player today, I started raising the piano
back up on it's wheels (it was on a piano cradle).  As I passed the
balance point and the back wheels touched the ground, I repositioned
myself to push the piano over onto 'all fours'.  Failing to remember
that I had installed new Darnell double ball-bearing wheels, the piano
skidded off the cradle and came crashing to the ground with only my
arms to break the fall.

Needless to say, my arms are a little sore and only minor damage was
done to the top cap that covers the pin block.  I called Pandora and
we got the piano back up, BUT, during that process, the piano tried to
'roll away' again.  So I made two chocks to prevent the back wheels
from moving AGAIN.

Everything's back to normal now (except for the bruises to my arms and
my ego) but should you find yourself in a similar situation, having
another person to help you might not be all you need.  Consider the
possible problems beforehand and chock the back wheels.

Musically,

John A. Tuttle


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