MAKE Section Editor Charles Platt has a series of great moving tips in Kevin Kelly’s Cool Tools:

Make handles from half-inch plastic water pipe sawn into 5″ lengths. My local Lowe’s sold me six feet of pipe for around $3 and you can use any wood saw to cut it. You may feel this is a luxury, but if you want to protect your hands from the edges of the plastic tape, handles are nice to have.

Thread tape through handle.

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Turn box upside-down and cross the tape ends.

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Turn box right-side-up and thread one of the returning tape ends through the handle.

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Add the buckle.

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After pulling the tape tight, your box is now very easy to carry.

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Moving Tips