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Offline John Hill

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Weigh a crate with your bathroom scales..
« on: September 10, 2012, 09:57:48 PM »
I am exporting an old motorcyle and need a weight to determine the freight to charge the buyer..

weigh crate by MrJohnHill, on Flickr

It is very simple really...

Chock up one end of the crate..

Put a lever under the other end taking note of the length of the lever and the position of the fulcrum.

Put one foot on bathroom scale, other foot clear of the floor. Adjust position so that scales read your weight.

Press down with other foot on the end of the lever until the crate lifts. 

Make sure hands are not touching anything and you are balanced on the scale and the end of the lever.

Read scale and note this.

Relax and lower crate to the floor.

Subtract scale reading which will give you the weight you were applying to the lever.

Calculate weight of that end of the crate.

Repeat for the other end and add together.

According to my exercise my crate weighs 320Kgs which is very close to my estimate.

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Offline AussieJimG

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Re: Weigh a crate with your bathroom scales..
« Reply #1 on: December 23, 2012, 12:19:55 AM »
Clever idea. I am sure it will come in useful.