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Obviously, I would want enough people that the piano will go down gently instead of imploding to pieces but in one of my stories, there is an abandoned houseboat with a grand piano and unfortunately no dollys around. The piano itself is about 800 lbs with no wheels. A pianist wants to move in to the houseboat but it has to be in shape first. Unfortunately, the wood floor is very old and rickety so somebody has to replace the entire floor which means the piano has to be taken out before it falls and causes the boat to sink.

The piano is one of the best quality pianos there is so if the piano implodes into pieces, that is going to be a steep price for a new piano. So, this motivated me to ask this question. First off, how many people at minimum would it take to lift an 800 pound piano? Would 4 be enough? And second, how many more people are needed to make sure the piano does not implode into pieces when it is set down?

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    $\begingroup$ Laurel and Hardy, The Music Box (1932) (YouTube). $\endgroup$ – AlexP Feb 10 at 5:06
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    $\begingroup$ Hey Caters, I think the reason people are down voting is because this doesn't seem to be about worldbuilding as defined by the help page. You're essentially asking about the real life weight baring capacity of human beings. Also I have to ask, what makes you think a piano would implode, of all things, upon being set down? $\endgroup$ – AngelPray Feb 10 at 5:10
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    $\begingroup$ "Fall apart" is not the same thing as "implode." $\endgroup$ – Cyn Feb 10 at 5:16
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    $\begingroup$ Definitely off topic. This is one of those Let Me Google That For You moments that seems to arise all too frequently in WB.SE. 1. if you drop a piano, it's won't "implode"; if you drop it from 10 or 15 feet, the wooden case will fall apart. 2. a piano moving crew is usually three guys. Piano movers are smart: they know about dollies and lifting straps. 3. You can shift the piano to one side, replace the floor on the other side then shift the piano over there. Problems solved. VTC $\endgroup$ – elemtilas Feb 10 at 7:33
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    $\begingroup$ Please see tooltip for downvote button. It says we should downvote if "this question shows no research effort". Since this topic is obviously searchable, and question does not show any search / research effort, downvotes are perfectly justified. $\endgroup$ – Mołot Feb 11 at 13:22
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If you just want to pick it up, four if they're reasonably strong. It's not so much the weight, as it is the problem of keeping it balanced. So one at each end of the keyboard, one at each side of the far end.

BTW, when I type "how to move a grand piano" into Google, I get over 38 million hits, including this on how to more-or-less professionally do it: https://www.wikihow.com/Move-a-Grand-Piano Downvoted the question due to lack of prior research :-)

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  • $\begingroup$ Flagged not an answer because more than half of this post is just a comment, and I doubt if it would be long enough to post as answer without the comment part. $\endgroup$ – Mołot Feb 11 at 7:48
  • $\begingroup$ @Mołot: I put things in a comment, and people either say it ought to be an answer, or they delete it. Now I put in in an answer, and you want to make it a comment Would you all PLEASE make up your minds? (And for the idea that it's too short to be an answer, please explain how adding more words would help.) $\endgroup$ – jamesqf Feb 11 at 18:36
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kF6EVI904oU

This video I found a while ago does a good job of describing the best means to move a grand piano. I am sure it could be of some assistance to you.

I would recommend 6 people. They would not have to lift any more than 150LB, and it would offer the balance necessary if anything goes awry. When moving a heavy, awkward item through tight spaces light things become heavy fairly quickly

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