You're all set to get started on a home or business remodeling, expansion or building project, and with the checklist in hand, you head off to your local hardware store or Lowe's or Home Depot to get going, and you need some 4x8 sheets of plywood. You may not have realized the size to be actually what it is, but with some ingenuity, you can carry the plywood home and get going in no time on your building project.
Bring the Right Vehicle
It goes without saying that you can't carry a horse in a sedan and it almost goes without saying that you wouldn't try to transport even one sheet of 4x8 plywood with the wrong vehicle. It is preferable to have a pickup truck, where the sheets can be placed in the back, but it is not mandatory. You can attach the sheets to the pickup with rope or cord that the store typically provides at no charge, especially if you have a pickup truck with a cab on the back.
Other types of vehicles that will transport your 4x8 sheet of plywood perfectly well include full-size vans, minivans and many station wagon styles. You can also use an SUV, but you want to make sure that you can secure the sheet thoroughly before driving off.
Shop Close to Home
The shorter the distance you have to go, the better. Your local store may even be willing to deliver a large order from their commercial vehicle, provided that they can access the roads that lead to the location where you are building.
Look for a local business to patronize for a couple of reasons. The distance to transport with be shorter, the local business owner may offer you a discount and you may be able to pay a small delivery charge or get the 4x8 plywood delivered to your house at no cost. The business owner may also be willing to give you a discount on other supplies you require.
Attach Scrap Pieces
If you have these large 4x8 plywood pieces to carry a long distance by hand, you may want to devise a way to transport them that doesn't involve a backbreaking tote of the sheet. This is particularly applicable if your transportation route involves going up a hill, down a flight of stairs or any other type of incline or ascension.
Take some scrap pieces and attach them by nail to the 4x8 plywood sheet, to make a handle for carrying the sheet without having to hoist it over your head or risk damage by dragging the plywood. Loopings of rope can also provide handles. You can get a partner and cut the weight of the plywood sheet in half by only having to carry one side.