I have an 8x12 storage shed (2x4 walls, 1/2" plywood) that I need to move
about 150'. It's currently bolted to a concrete slab, and I would like to
pour a new slab at the new location and set the shed up there.
Unfortunately, the route to the new location is a tough one. Fairly rough
ground, a trip AROUND the house, UP a small hill, and finally pushed about
20' BACKWARDS into place.
The common approaches of using poles or pipes as rollers wouldn't work very
well on the rough ground, going around corners, or up a hill (don't want
the shed to roll downhill into the house!).
I don't own a truck, but will be renting a small tractor to do some yard
work in the next few months. I thought that might supply the "muscle" I
need, but I still have to figure out how to move the shed.
It would be nice if I could just attach some wheels to the shed somehow and
tow it where it needs to go. But, big wheels might cost more than the shed?
My only other option is to disassemble the shed into panels and rebuild it
on the new slab. But, that's a lot more work and expense than I would like,
and not a big savings over just building a new shed.
Any tips for my shed relocation?
Doubtful lawnmower wheels would bear the load--perhaps if a dozen or so of
em could be placed to evenly distribute the weight......
Years ago, I attached a similar shed to a simple skid and dragged mine with
a pickup truck--a tractor probly be better...as theyre geared lower but
still you need to have enough traction and weight to overcome the friction
coefficient of the skids.
As an added bonus, I constructed a 2 ft high wooden perimeter wall around
the new slab, and then set the shed on top of it.....took six strong
guys--did this because the existing design had a *really* low ceiling
height--made a big difference.....no more claustrophobia!!!
Yesterday I went to "Central Tractor Supply" And saw 10" pnumatic tires
mounted on rims. 2 for $9.00 (Wheelbarrow size). You mention you're
planning on having a tractor about anyways.. So my suggestion would be:
Get a pair of wheels (similar to what I saw), A pair of BIG lag screws for
axle pins, and a 4x4x 8.5' . Take these three and create a "one time use"
axle. Using a jack or a neighbor, place your axle under the shed a little
back of its center of balance..(Secure the axle to the structure)..
Instant redneck mobile home. An eye screw on the other end of the shed..
2x8's would serve as a ramp off of the platform...
- Empty the shed prior to moving.
- Hope or determine if the shed is rigid/strong enough to hold its
shape when moved BEFORE moving it
- Do NOT relocate structures alone.. Someone to dial 911 is important.
I used one of those tractors they use to lift drywall and other building
materials up high. Can't think of the name, Gradeall? A four-wheel drive
forklift. Had the whole shed 15 ft in the air. Traverses anything and the
arm extends.Very versatile. Shouldn't cost more than $200 for rental.
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Thanks for the idea!
Since I'm renting a tractor for yard work anyway, I'll probably just try
attaching the shed to some skids and pulling it with the tractor. If that
doesn't work very well, I'll look into the Gradeall idea.
I live in a wet area. Skids would tear up my ground/lawn. If your
"terra-firma" is good and "firma", then skids sound right. (2x6's or 8s,
flat side DOWN). Consider wheels if terra-non-firma, consider a rental
whatever if you have $ to blow.
Maybe an old car axle and wheels from a wrecking yard or rented
refrigerator hand truck(s) on one end of the shed.
Then use tractor to lift up other end and move???
May need to add a few 2 x 4's on lower inside from side to side to give it
"HerHusband" wrote in message
I just moved a larger shed 5 miles. I had 2 forklifts lift it onto a
hay wagon, then blocked it with cinder blocks and removed the wagon
and jacked it down an inch at a time. NO EASY TASK.
For your short distance, do as they do for portable livestock sheds.
Get two 8X8s 4 feet longer than the shed. Cut a long angle, from 2
inches to nothing. Place them under the walls so they are pointing in
the direction you want to pull the shed (angle cuts down against the
ground). Securely bolt the shed to them, use angle iron pieces with
lag bolts. Put a large eye hook on the end of each of the 8x8s and
hook two chains to the tractor, and pull. NOT a garden tractor, a
REAL tractor. The angles will keep them from digging into the ground.
Go to a lumber yard in a farming area and you can see one of these
portable sheds if you dont understand.
Reconsider disassembly and moving. It is not a bad as you may think. You
will need your buddies but the roof can be slid off as one assembly followed
by the walls. Is the floor concrete or is it just on a concrete pad. Once
the roof was off as we moved a wall we went ahead and set it up at the new
location on concrete. The old wood floor was discarded. Roof was slid up on
ramps. Brats and beers go a long way in getting things like this done. Serve
the beer after it is done.
Primarily because the route to the new location is directly over our septic
system. The weight of the shed wouldn't be much of a problem, but driving a
big truck like that over the tank and drainfield would be ill advised.
well, if thats the case you could get some thick wide timbers that are
like twenty feet long...lay them across the septic area you are
crossing to distribute the weight across a wider section of the yard
and then drive the wrecker across the timbers...
Drove by a mobile home sales place today and say a big stack of axles and
wheels by the office, Often they take these off after setting up the
trailer. Perhaps you could rent, borrow, or buy a couple of these to move
If you lived near Bay City, Michigan you could rent a special
trailer designed for moving small buildings. It has a 12 foot
axle and can be taken apart to be assembled under the jacked up
building. About two years ago the rental cost for 24 hours was
112 S Huron Road
Kawkawlin Township, Michigan
I have no business connection to them. I have bought boat trailer
repair parts from them. Perhaps a rental company near where you
live could buy the plans or a copy of the trailer.
You are talking about EXACTLY what I have been considering building.
The only problem is that I am not sure where to begin. I just moved a
10X14 shed, and put it on a hay wagon. The problem is that I had to
raise it 3 feet to get the wagon under, and once it gets over 16" on
blocks, it gets very unstable. Both when lifting it, and when
unloading it. Also, I was nearly clipping wires along the way, since
the height on the wagon was 14' 5". I had to pull it 6 miles, and
could do a max. of ONE MPH, because the height made it very unstable,
and while I had it securely strapped to the wagon, I envisioned the
whole wagon tipping over. I moved a 14X18 foot shed a few years ago,
but took the roof off of that one. That shed pulled much easier than
this small one, because it was not top heavy. What is needed is a
lower frame with a wide wheel base. This sounds like what you are
Is there any way you could get digital photos of this thing and upload
them, or find out if plans are available, or at least find the
"official" name for it? I surely would appreciate this, and I do have
the welding equipment to build such a thing.
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