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Old 03-29-2008, 06:52 PM   #1
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Default How not to move 100s of lbs of Slate..

So I'm currently amidst redoing my kitchen. Counters/sink/garbage disposal are all in. Next up is the floor and the Island tiling. So I took the 91 Turbo Civic to the Lowes to pick up my supplies...
Ingredients involved:
2 50lb bags of thin set
12 boxes of 12x12 slate
9 boxes of 6x6 slate
Grout
Tools etc...


Now mind you, car has a mild drop (HR Sports), and is on 14inch wheels (drops some by nature of smaller tire/wheel.
Leaving me tucked.

And a wee bit low...

Poor Poor muffler

I couldn't fit my hand in there... its 1/4 - 1/2 an inch away from the ground....

Somehow made it home. Had the wife pull her car across the street with me and take the majority of the slate out... so I could actually get in the driveway.

Fun times!
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That's why I own a truck..... it may not be the best handling, fuel efficient, quickest, poon getting machine on the road..... but I can drag home **** I buy without second guessing or fear that I broke something.
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wow.
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Old 03-29-2008, 07:11 PM   #4
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Heh, i did scrape a few times. But I did also boost enroute to home a bit... and get good gas mileage
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Next time put more wieght forward. The bags of cement should have gone in the passenger seat/floorboard, and and boxes of slate shouldv'e been packed up 3-4high up against the seatbacks... I bet you couldn't gotten maybe another 3mm of ground clearance.
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Bet it rode like a Cadillac...
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Old 03-29-2008, 07:17 PM   #7
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Sam, I had the thinset bags at my seatback and some of the small tiles in the passenger foot well along with being behind the passenger seat. I had my wife along, so I couldn't load up the front passenger area.

I wouldn't say cadillac... more like lead weight on wheels.
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Old Cadillac then..... pretty good story. Did you load it yourself or have help from the store? Were they laughing?
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Self load. I've fit more stuff before on runs from Ikea (they always get a kick out of it), but this was definitely the heaviest
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You know the civic is pissed at you now, right? I wouldn't be surprised if you found a puddle of something under it tomorrow.

I've got slate in my kitchen and I love it.... durable as hell but get used having anything that falls on the floor breaking. There is no "lucky bounce".
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No friends to help out or a car to borrow?

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No friends to help out or a car to borrow?

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No reason to bother them. It got everything home It is basically my truck/cargo van.
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It is basically my truck/cargo van.
I had an 89 Civic I used like a truck for years. It's a miracle I didn't break the chassis - once put 480 # of pea gravel in the hatch, and I thought the rear tires were going to blow all the way home.

Last year, I saw a guy at the local Agway tell them to load 25 50# bags of topsoil in the back of his new Honda odyssey. He got really pissed at me when I suggested he might want to do 2 trips. I dunno, maybe it was a 3/4-ton Odyssey.
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..... I dunno, maybe it was a 3/4-ton Odyssey.
I've heard of those.... not making it home.
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its funny when people get mad at other people trying to help. its more fun just to watch them complately fail
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its funny when people get mad at other people trying to help. its more fun just to watch them complately fail
+1 for sure
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My first car was a '90 civic hatch, best car ever. I beat the **** out of that car daily, took it off-roading a couple times.

Now I have an '86 crx, all I do is put gas in it (infrequently) and carry a bunch of crap in the rear.
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Lowe's and Home Depot will let you rent their trucks even if you're not buying anything from them. A friend of mine had to pick up 2 very large outboard motors. They wouldn't fit in a pickup, he didn't want to make 2 trips and the local U-Haul didn't have any trucks available that day. He went to Lowe's and rented the truck for 5 hours $100.
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Heh, reminds me of putting a D16Y8 in the back of my '91 Civic HB... 'cept I wasn't turbod or swapped even..

Also reminds me of towing a 6x8 U-Haul from Tucson to Augusta with my SRT-4.. a trip my wife tried to make with my miata.. (original flywheel and clutch turned purple and blue)
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Nice to Know I'm NOT alone

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