This worked well for all the pallets and random items, but it was a challenge with the building materials. I was on site to supervise with my Nikon!
Here's the massive, 40 foot container, nearly loaded:
Its big- almost half the length of the driveway!
And here's the very heavy pile of materials to be loaded (note- all the guys surveying things):
And a view of the forklift/giant toy:
The first strategy was to attempt to scoop up this pile from one end- with a few tie downs:
But then clearly the laws of physics prevent this strategy from working:
So then the guys decided to tie more knots and try to hoist the pile higher onto the forklift:
And this almost works- look the pile is off the ground!
They approach the container... and the forklift can't lift the load!
Can anyone guess what the guys are doing here?
Its not a free ride- they're trying to 'weigh-down' the forklift to keep the back wheels on the ground...
But its still not working... so after dropping the load and making a 19-point turn, they are able to maneuver the forklift into a better position and lift the building materials up to the height of the container:
And it worked! A long time later...
I asked why they didn't just haul the pieces of wood and drywall into the container one at a time and they promptly booed me away. Moral of the story- don't mess with boys and their toys.... or if you have a forklift, use it for every possible thing!