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How do you move a 150 pound sub up the stairs solo?

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I'm struggling moving 150 lb subs up the stairs by myself. Last night on this hand truck I almost threw my back out. I think the tires were sagging some which I'm hoping contributed to the problem of me not being able to hoist the hand truck up to even the first step. I'm 45 years old and weigh 170 and am somewhat thin (except for dad belly) and I don't work out. Any tips or tricks to get these guys up the stairs solo other than inflating the tires? I want to play with my new toys.

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In your case it probably would of been easier to leave it in the box and roll it up the stairs end over end with it laid horizontal. That is how the guy from Z-reviews got a PB16 up into his apartment.
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i'm 58 years old, weigh 185lbs and am also a gym rat and i've got two kids (of course they are 30 & 34 ) and i can do it.

get down low, keep it close to the body, get a good grip under it, lift with the legs and work those glutes and hump that thing up the stairs. if your tired when you get it up the stairs, put it down then use the hand cart. get a lifting belt and put it tight and up high with the buckle right over your navel.

now, get to it and show us (beyond what you wrote ) what your made of!
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Borrow an appliance hand truck, they are designed to bring heavy things up stairs. Make sure no one is at the bottom of the stairs.
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Good luck. I limited myself to an 85 lb. subwoofer so I could avoid that headache. I could have done the rolling it up the stairs technique, but I was concerned that the grimy box was going to make my staircase filthy. I do think you are better off leaving it in the well protected box during the journey up the stairs.
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It did not come in a box. These JTR subs come shipped on the pallet side by side encased in foam insulation board.
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Borrow an appliance hand truck, they are designed to bring heavy things up stairs. Make sure no one is at the bottom of the stairs.

This is what I was going to recommend. They also come with straps that you use to secure the load. It will still be difficult because of the weight, but doable.

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You could remove the driver... that would make it a bit easier to move.
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Might be better off waiting until you can get a lot of help, its not worth it to get injured.


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It did not come in a box. These JTR subs come shipped on the pallet side by side encased in foam insulation board.
I'd try rolling, and if it will stand by itself on one shelf, the hump it up one stair at a time. Other than that, you will need to get a hand truck with the roller tread on the back designed to take refrigerators, etc. up stairs. If there is something at the top that will hold 150lbs, like an eye bolt into a 2x4, a come-along, or something similar might work as well. Be careful, a subwoofer is not worth throwing your back out for.
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It did not come in a box. These JTR subs come shipped on the pallet side by side encased in foam insulation board.
Don't move the sub without protection! You are gonna damage the cabinet!

Use the foam insulation board as protection! Cut the boards to size to cover the whole sub. Measure twice and cut once!

Then put the sub on a functioning hand truck, or try to roll the sub up the stairs.

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DO NOT TRY MOVING IT WHILE DOWNHILL OF IT! It's not worth it. Either get another person or try the hand truck again.
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Not one person asked him where’s he at to offer a hand with moving it!!!!
So I will
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Thanks for the ideas.

Removing the driver should lighten the hand truck load up by 65 pounds. I like that idea. I will be sure to hand thread those screws in when I put it back in.
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Thanks for the ideas.

Removing the driver should lighten the hand truck load up by 65 pounds. I like that idea. I will be sure to hand thread those screws in when I put it back in.
That is a fantastic idea. If you have the means, lay down some plywood to act as a ramp. That helped me when I had to move my boxes.
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I think the tires were sagging some which I'm hoping contributed to the problem of me not being able to hoist the hand truck up to even the first step.

You ALWAYS want the tires to be fully inflated on a dolly before you use it.

Me? I just picked my Cap 2400s up and walked up the stairs with them. I'm a little bit bigger than you though.

If there's no way to get anyone to help, do this. Lay the sub on a thick moving blanket. Wrap a strap around the sub, pinching the blanket between the sub and the strap on the bottom (side facing the ground floor, not the stairs). Grip the moving blanket and the strap and pull the sub up the stairs. The moving blanket will protect the stairs/sub and also keep the leading edge from catching on each stair as it comes up and the strap will pull the sub up.

Make sure you have shoes on that grip your stairs well, or you will slip and bad things will probably happen to you, your house and the sub.
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If you have the means, lay down some plywood to act as a ramp.

That will probably damage the wood on his stairs. Not recommended.
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Put some cardboard underneath secure the cardboard and with a rope tied to the back and sides pull it up the stairs. Make sure the cardboard is an inch or two above the base of the sub, around the perimeter. Just my quick thoughts. Hope this helps. Good luck and stay safe and well.

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To get my V3600 into the house and downstairs, I did as @zeus33 suggested. with a few blankets around the sub. If I were in sunny Florida Sir, I would. I live in the Midwest...without a lot of sun. Hope you can find some help, as that looks like a nice sub.
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First world problems.

I'm struggling moving 150 lb subs up the stairs by myself. Last night on this hand truck I almost threw my back out. I think the tires were sagging some which I'm hoping contributed to the problem of me not being able to hoist the hand truck up to even the first step. I'm 45 years old and weigh 170 and am somewhat thin (except for dad belly) and I don't work out. Any tips or tricks to get these guys up the stairs solo other than inflating the tires? I want to play with my new toys.

I'm shocked no one has posted these now iconic JTR pictures on this thread yet!!






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There was a time when I could easily pick up something like this but that was many years ago.
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That would be against CDC guidelines. Maybe someone could help if he wants to wait until July or August.
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Thanks for the ideas.

Removing the driver should lighten the hand truck load up by 65 pounds. I like that idea. I will be sure to hand thread those screws in when I put it back in.
Yep it will make it much easier. Honestly on these larger subs it would be nice if you could order them with the drivers not installed. It would make placing them into some rooms much easier!!
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Your best bet, is to get a friend or two. Or even some neighbours, to help you out. Just buy them a few beer, once done.
Incident on a staircase, can lead to a life changing moment and not worth doing.


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For $65 you can attach this to that handcart or get a friend

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