Originally Posted by BeeMan458
DonH50, thanks for the thoughts. Thirty years in the construction trades as a licensed, bonded and insured general contractor has schooled me on how much errors and omissions will impact the final billing. I appreciate everybody's thoughtful efforts to convince me to drag these subwoofers across my wife's washed, polished and deeply loved laminate floors.....ain't gonna happen.
Yes, agreed, I'm very familiar with how under a load, rolling tires will track smooth, polished surfaces with the dust and dirt adhering to the tires.
In construction, everything was either trucked or hand carried across finished flooring. Nothing was dragged.....ever. I've seen too many floors messed up because of soft finishes being marred. Nothing was dragged across tile either. We protected flooring with everything from drops, paper and plywood. Sometimes both paper and plywood were used.
Good grief, why ask us!?! You probably know more about this than anybody posting... My experience was a couple of decades helping deliver appliances, TVs, big stereos and the like. In addition to all the stuff you've mentioned we also kept "clean room booties" with us to wear in the house. Hopefully people will realize socks are a no-no -- they slip too easily on a polished floor.
Most consumers do not have a hand truck and would likely hurt themselves and the floor (at least) if they did.
To be clear for others, it is almost impossible to get a floor and the sliders or wheels clean enough to avoid some lingering piece of grit in the wrong place causing a fine scratch or two. Particularly for a high-gloss wood finish or tile (any scratch is highly visible). Sliders are especially good at locating such errant, hidden particles and bringing them into view for all to see.
I can relate horror stories and am sure you can relate many more.
We had a "clean" truck for high-profile deliveries (kept the wheels clean and bagged and it was never used outside; it also had synthetic wheels to *almost* eliminate marks, and the lip was plastic-coated with a thicker bumper around the outside).
I have built up floor protection and frankly it is a PITA, I feel for your situation. At least it's not vinyl (you have to put down carpet/cloth then plywood over that to prevent grooves; same is true for almost any very heavy thing over most any floor, however).