May 8, 2007

Trucker

Some truck tires are quite heavy, some over 200 pounds. When lifting one of these, using your knee can save your back.

Stand the tire in the same direction that you are facing, as if you were about to roll it away from yourself. Grab the tire by the "bead" (the inside diameter where the rim meets the tire) on both sides and pull it back towards your body. As you do this, push one knee out into the tread of the tire and, behold! The tire will rise up without nearly much effort as you may expect.

If you become accustomed to this method, you will eventually be able to stack tires over your head in height. This technique can be used to lift other large objects as well.

-- Peter Akhurst

Posted by Matthew at May 8, 2007 9:16 AM