We are getting a nice older shed (a solidly built homemade one, not a
commercial one) and have a spot picked out for it in our back yard. I've
visited our town's Building/Zoning office with photos, sketches & our lot
layout to fly this project pass the code enforcement officer (he said it
looked fine) and got advice on foundation requirements (4" bed of gravel
under the shed, 6" deep around the perimeter. After shed is in place, we
will attach it to the ground with 4 anchor ties).
One problem we will have is that we will need to move the shed onto our
property before we will have the foundation ready. It will be transported
by a tilting flatbed truck and placed on cinder blocks about 5 feet to the
side of the final spot.
Even though the sq footage of this shed isn't huge (8'x12'), it's solidly
built, is already insulated and drywalled and I betting weighs a lot -
especially a lot more than we could muscle around. We have no idea how to
move a solid beast like this five feet to the gravel foundation without
tearing up the lawn or messing up the foundation. Is there something that
we could rent that would help in this? Or does it make sense to scout
around for round poles (old telephone poles?) to roll it into place? Any
sage advice on this?
That's too bad-- I'd be trying to figure out how to get it so the
truck can drop it right in place-- delay the truck or hire the prep
I wouldn't worry about the lawn- that heals in a few weeks. I move
a 10' square shed around [no sheetrock- but I've quit emptying it for
the last two moves] on a track of greased landscape timbers. I work
alone and use a 6' pry bar to scoot it along the timbers. I put
a 2x4 'skirt' around the bottom so the prybar doesn't mar the siding.
I've moved it 20 feet south, then 10 feet west, and then 10 feet
northeast over the years. It's none the worse for wear.
I tried rollers & found that it always wanted to roll in the wrong
direction, the rollers would turn, etc. If I was working with a
crew of 4-5 people I might try several 24" long pieces of 2" iron
pipe. That *might* work without the mess of grease---- but for 5
feet I'd probably still go with 2 landscape timbers [those 3x5
cheapies are fine- just pick out a couple smooth ones] and a couple
pounds of axle grease. [crisco would probably work if you want to
I knew I should have 'splained that.<g>.
I'm slowly- as in one wheelbarrow load at a time, and no more than 5-6
loads in a day- re-grading the back of my property to eliminate the
'river' that runs through my garage each spring.
First move was to get it out of the way. . . second move was after a
change of plans put it in the way again. . . and the third one has it
about where I want it. [this year, anyway]
Before I'm done I might just tear it down anyway, but moving it is
really not much of a project. One of the advantages/disadvantages of
working slow and alone is that plans change as the landscape changes,
so to speak.
I'm in no rush. My dirt moving is part 'construction', part hobby
& part 'fitness program'. In the summer I work outside. In the
winter I continue on with the basement I started 20 years ago.
I rented a machine a couple years ago for a job that needed to get
done. In my part of the world I called around for 2 days and ended up
with a small backhoe/loader for closer to $400 a day. [and for the
job I'm doing by the wheelbarrowload I'd spend more time filling ruts
than moving dirt]
We both did-
OP- "this shed isn't huge (8'x12')"
Me- "I move a 10' square shed around "
On Tue, 04 Mar 2008 13:22:12 -0600, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
We have one about 8'x8', speaking of small sheds, and it was
positioned almost exactly in the middle of our small back yard, very
poor feng shui. I finally got pissed off enough at looking at it that
I decided we should move it. Several people told me to just buy a new
one, but I couldn't justify that since this one was in perfectly fine
shape, with minimal rotting at the bottom of a couple of pieces of
T1-11, and why would I want to throw away $800 or more?
So I got some friends together, totaling 5 women and 2 men, and we
lifted up this thing and moved it along some 4x4 posts that acted as
rails on the ground. The job supervisor was a guy whose dad used to
move massive gravestones with not much more than a couple steel rods,
so he knew how to use leverage. We moved the shed about 10 feet to a
spot right behind the garage that is about 10 feet wide exactly, with
the garage to one side and a stone wall on the opposite side (and the
neighbor's fence on the back end, hence no room for a come-along).
None of the Internet resources I found were any help for our
particular situation, not even this:
http://www.hammerzone.com/archives/landscape/shed/move/xyard.htm . We
had NO room for any backhoes or come-along chains as we were moving
this thing; it was brute human strength, pretty much. We just barely
got the thing back there, and I am pleased to this day. Soon I'll
need to reroof it.
I have helped to move heavier objects (massive stones). I would use
rollers. Fence posts or PVC pipes, not telephone poles; telephone
polls are too heavy. To control movement, you will need strong rope
or chain ties; hand winches are very helpful too. With the proper
equipment and time, one person can do the job without breaking a sweat.
You might find someone to do the job for you.
I'd guesstimate it weighs 4,000#-5,000#. I wouldn't put it on
cinderblocks since that will just make it difficult to get it down off
the blocks to move it. Put it down on a few PT 4x4s, just enough so you
can get a jack under it. Get a couple of the mechanical "Hi Lift" jacks
so you can lift it again. A half dozen 2" sch 40 PVC pipes will be
sufficient for rollers. The jacks will also be useful for the eventually
move to push / pull the shed into place.
I've done essentially the same thing with a 40' cargo container
(~10,000#), using one Hi Lift jack and some smaller logs for rollers
(what I had on hand), moving the container about 80' over pretty rough
terrain. I suggest two jacks for your shed, since I don't think a
conventionally framed wood structure will handle single point jacking as
well as a steel container.
It's not that difficult really, just plan each move carefully first, and
as with most all rigging, don't lift anything any higher than necessary.
so your getting a nice insulated and drywalled shed:)
DONT PUT IT ON GRAVEL! When it rains moisture will get underneath,
trapped in the gravel, and ruin the drywall and insulation.
pour a proper concrete floor. a nice slab...........
install foundation and move it just once onto the slab........
Neither are most houses, but they get moved all the time.
When we had to move our shed (because we were raising our house and
installing a new foundation), we jacked the shed up, slid in some 4x4
runners, and slid it along with a backhoe. No damage other than screw
holes in the siding from jacking it up. (Didn't have clearance for the
jacks underneath at first, so we jacked against cleats screwed to the
outside of the shed.)
email@example.com is Joshua Putnam
Read again about what HE plans to do.
Sheds, especially homemade ones, are usually not built quite the way you would
build a house. The additional weight of all that sheetrock further complicates
things He didn't mention hiring professional housemovers with all the proper
equipment and experience, either.
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