We often have garage sales on weekends, so we packed many our used items in cardboard boxes but we dont want the people drive up to our garage door for picking up the heavy boxes because with a very steep driveway and an occupied garage , only small cars can come up safely.
So we put the boxes into a plastic storage container, and slide the container down to the ground level for the neighbors to pick up and load onto their cars.
But the driveway is made of aggregate concrete, scraping the container, therefore over time bottom of our plastic containers get worn easily. This idea works well! saving us the effort of carrying the boxes to the ground floor. But quite likely the plastic containers couldnt last long.
We want to modify this design by placing a durable 0.5 - 1 inch thick rubber / plastic layer or mat along the driveway so we can slide the boxes, just like those conveyor belt we see in airports.
We tried weedmat but the weedmat is too thin. So there are still too much friction of the aggregate concrete gripping our boxes.
Know this is a challenge rarely seen in many forums.
Any ideas / suggestion are greatly appreciated!
I suggest building a rolling flatbed trolley. I recommend using Move It 20mm 15kg Fixed Plate Castor - 4 Pack. This will make the flatbed travel in a straight line. If you use the swivel ones it will turn, and it will not work. I suggest using Plywood for the base and Porta 40 x 18mm 2.4m Moulding Pine DAR Clear for the sides. Regular screws like Zenith 8G x 35mm Gold Passivated Countersunk Rib Head Chipboard Screw - 30 Pack will keep them together. I suggest looking at your spare timber at home, perhaps you have some leftover? You can use those to make the trolley.
Cut the panels to your preferred size and screw them together to the general shape I've drawn. Drill a hole at the back of the base for the rope. You can join two trolleys together if you wish. But not more than that as it will become too heavy to pull. Please note that the sizes I've placed are for reference only. You can modify not only the size but the shape of the trolley to your needs.
I've placed a drawing below, if you have any other questions we can help out with, please let us know.
@EricL Thanks Eric, it is a really brilliant idea. We will buy the material once we finish dealing with the flood in QLD
Hope all is well regarding the floods, it's been a tough couple of days. @EricL has provided a great working design, can't wait to see what you come up with.
I'll add my name to the list of those waiting in anticipation to see what you come up with.
Reach out if you need further assistance.