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August 10, 2010

Inky Dinky Slider - How to Move Heavy Stuff Singlehandedly with No Screaming

Ditch the hernia and move heavy stuff smartly

One of the great opportunities of a family reunion (besides the name-calling and the short-sheeting) is getting help with moving heavy stuff that’s been sitting in the garage for two years, like that 400-pound treadmill I bought on eBay.  

Ruffman family members enjoyed a valuable team-building exercise as we horsed that giant unit into the basement.  The project comprised four essential team-building principles:  sweat, swearing, strain and liniment.  

But why wait for the help of relatives who eat seven times a day, max out the wireless Internet and correct your grammar?

You can move stuff alone for an investment of as little as $25 using a new wonder-tool invented by a savvy woman with a penchant for hauling.

Sliding Into Home
When the editor of a respected periodical like Popular Mechanics says something nice about a new tool, you have to perk up:

"If the BigSlider had been around 5,000 years ago, the wheel might have never been invented."
-- Jim Meigs, Editor-in-Chief,  Popular Mechanics

That’s a pretty dramatic statement.  Not as dramatic as “Your cat just fell behind the dresser and I don’t think it can get out”, but still pretty arresting.  

So what is the BigSlider? It’s a rectangle of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) plastic that reduces friction to such a huge degree that you can drag a 300-pound load and it feels like it’s a quarter of that weight.  

Inventor Jeri Masterson created BigSlider  because she needed to move things around her home and garden while her husband was at work.  The BigSlider replaces wheelbarrows, handcarts, relatives and sheer brawn.  It comes in several sizes ($25-$155 at www.bigslider.com) so you can choose the model that suits your purposes. 

I have the Pro model ($75) and there’s no suitable adjective to describe the fun of using it.  The closest I can come is “insane”.  Because not only is it crazy to avoid projects that involve moving heavy items, the BigSlider also cuts you loose to think up new ideas that you would never have attempted out of respect for the hernia gods.

With my BigSlider I’ve dragged 150-pound trees around the yard and used it as a low-friction trunk liner for loading and unloading groceries, camping equipment and lumber.  It’s also great for single-handedly moving furniture, firewood, rocks, bags of water-softener salt and construction debris across concrete, asphalt, turf or carpet.  

The BigSlider includes a nylon rope that cinches down on the load so it doesn’t tip.  You can even drag kids around on the BigSlider in the complete absence of snow, or relocate relatives who’ve passed out after the corn roast.

Nothing can ever replace the joy of having eight adult relatives offering their opinions on how to get a vintage treadmill through a narrow opening, but the Big Slider is, well, quieter, more efficient and just a little bit better looking.  (I should have ordered the extra-wide model to handle the width of the treadmill, so measure your stuff carefully before you order!)

Bonus:  Beef up those glutes and quads with a Big Slider workout...

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I'm a guy and I even understand the priceless value for women to hire buff 20 y/o with tight buns to do heavy lifting.

And if you do as my mom, and bake them cookies and make fresh lemonade, you'll die from the unending gratitude.


I can think of things I'd rather die from but maybe that's just me.


Let see if you get this. The guys didn't.


I love the line about shin-kickers vs. foot stompers. Does that mean I get it?


Yes dear.

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