If you’re on a construction or a home-improvement job, placing items into skip bins as you work is always a smart idea. But how do you get these items from your wheelbarrow into the skip?
We can all go to YouTube and view funny videos of people pushing their wheelbarrows up a ramp towards the top of a skip, only to have the whole thing come crumbling down on top of them. While it can be funny to us, you can bet that it wasn’t funny for the person in the video.
Nevertheless, getting debris from the inside of your wheelbarrow to the inside of a skip can be a challenge, but not to worry because there are ways to make the task a little easier. Getting a wheelbarrow into a skip can be much simpler once you learn some of the DOs and DON’Ts and practice a little common sense.
Tips From Professionals
Construction professionals and even DIY enthusiasts have a little more experience than the average person when it comes to getting debris from a wheelbarrow to a skip. Below are some of their recommendations based on tried-and-true remedies for this common situation.
Each skip is different
They come in different sizes and designs, and some even come with a flap door on the front. If this is the case, it’s possible that you may not even need a ramp in order to empty the wheelbarrow. Before you go shopping for the perfect wheelbarrow, consider that you’re likely to need to empty it into a skip at some point. This means you should plan accordingly and buy the wheelbarrow that will make this job the simplest.
Make your own ramp by using scaffolding boards
Take two scaffolding boards, place them one on top of the other, and place the ramp on the skip bin. Usually, scaffolding boards are four metres long and therefore make perfect ramps. However, when you use scaffolding boards for a ramp, the double thickness means that the ramp will be extra-strong and therefore won’t bow too much and cause the ramp to be unsteady or unreliable.
The positioning of the ramp is important
You’ll want to make sure that it sits right in the middle of the skip and not too far to the left or right. Most importantly, you’ll want to make sure you have enough room so that a decent run-up is possible. If you step on the ramp to test it and find that it isn’t steady enough, you may have to use different scaffolding boards or even add a third one. But in most cases, two boards should be more than enough to keep you safe when emptying your wheelbarrow into a skip.
You don’t have to get your ramp right to the top of your skip
Instead, build it so that the lip of your wheelbarrow fits over the slip of your skip before pivoting on that in order to tip the wheelbarrow. Sometimes, a smaller ramp and a smaller hill to push the wheelbarrow on work best.
Get out of the way
If your wheelbarrow does start to tip over when you’re on the ramp, which can sometimes happen when you accidentally lose your balance, don’t try to be a hero and continue to push it up the ramp. Instead, simply jump off of the ramp and get out of the way. Don’t try to stop the wheelbarrow from falling, as once you’ve lost your balance, it’s game over. Just jump out of the way and let the wheelbarrow fall. It is a much safer option and you can always pick up and reload the wheelbarrow once it hits the ground.
What Else Can You Try?
If the above suggestions are not what you’d like to try, you do have a few other options. Buy a ramp that will attach securely for extra safety.
You can get a skip that has a walk-in door, in which case the entire process is both easier and much safer. Walk-in skips mean just that: you simply walk up to them and empty the wheelbarrow from there. This means no sore backs, no awkward positioning of the body, and even better, no accidental falls.
You can also use plywood for the ramp, such as several 2×8 or 2×10 boards, but you’ll still want to double up on the boards to keep them as steady and sturdy as possible. After all, if those boards start to shake even a little as you’re going up there with your wheelbarrow, it can be very scary indeed!
Finally, you can also hire professionals to come out and do the job for you. They’ll have the right tools and equipment, not to mention the right expertise, to do the job quickly but efficiently every time. Of course, if you’re a homeowner or DIY enthusiast, you might not want to go this route because of the cost. Nevertheless, the option is there if you don’t want to chance an accident with a heavy wheelbarrow.
Using a wheelbarrow to place debris and rubbish into a skip is not that complicated if you play it safe and follow simple rules. If you’re unsure about any of these steps, you can ask someone with experience for a few extra tips.
The most important things to remember are to use sturdy boards for your ramp and not fight with the wheelbarrow if it starts falling off the ramp. If you do, you could very well end up in the emergency room.