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Old 12-20-2020, 02:12 AM   #41 (permalink)
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I moved my shed most of the way today. I soaked the dirt a couple of times, but that only does so much. I put on those almost-new and too-small boots so that my feet did not get cold and muddy. They worked adequately. I realized that the ground in front of the door was lower, so I removed the rest of the grass next to the shed and tried to remove the next couple of feet in front, but my hands were hurting excessively, so I decided to make do.

I couldn't find my big yellow tow strap or my big yellow cargo strap. I broke my Harbor Freight winch, but neither Home Depot nor Lowe's showed anything in-stock, so I bought a four-ton winch from Harbor Freight.

When will I use that again?!

Somehow even their half-inch-thick rope is only rated for a couple hundred pounds, so I bought a $30 ATV rope.

Since the front-left corner was muddy, I jacked up the back-right corner, positioned the roller, and removed the cinder blocks.

The whole side was up in the air, so I didn't need to return and jack up the front-right again!

The back corner was more manageable than I expected.

I didn't realize that I was supposed to double up the cable. I didn't want to redo the rope, so I didn't double up until I had moved the shed enough.

I didn't center the front-right roller and it started to slide out, but it was also too far back, so I released the winch, jacked up the front corner, moved the roller, removed the jack, doubled up the winch, and resumed pulling the shed.

Apparently I didn't drive the digging bar far enough into the frozen dirt, which is hard at the best of times. Without any warning it went from 45 to 90, so I released the winch, and came inside.

After I took care of my brother I went back out and removed the bar. I don't look forward to driving it further into the frozen dirt Monday morning, but I am sure that it would be even harder if both the bar and the dirt were twenty degrees!

I moved the shed diagonally, but it also rotated, so once I get the front corner in place I will need to move the back end.

So, I need to drive in the digging bar twice. The last time I removed the gates, folded in my mirrors, and parked my Civic in the back yard.

I am not sure that suddenly fixing my HX makes sense right now, but it sounds more enjoyable than pounding a digging bar two feet into frozen dirt, removing it, and then repeating!

I think that I am seeing three clients on Monday because these slackers don't want therapy on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day!

I still have one teleclient scheduled. He wanted therapy on Thanksgiving!

I just started seeing him a month ago. I saw two new teleclients this week, which is nice, and then I saw my other in-person client for the first time in a couple of weeks.

Our boss is giving us a $100 bonus instead of having a Christmas party.

Hey, here is a crazy idea! Instead of driving a steel bar 2 feet I drill holes at an angle into a 2x4 and drive multiple pieces of rebar 1 foot into the ground!

Is there anything like rebar, but sharp?

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Old 12-20-2020, 02:21 AM   #42 (permalink)
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Heat the rebar with a propane torch before [as?] you drive it into the ground.
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Old 12-20-2020, 02:33 AM   #43 (permalink)
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Is it safe to put rebar in the oven?

For some reason there weren't any relevant Google results, but many discussions on using rebar for grills. Nobody voiced any concerns about health risks, so hopefully it would be safe.
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When you say "winch" I'm assuming you are talking about a hand-held come along like this:



If so they are a good way to seriously injure or kill yourself if the cable / rope breaks or the ground anchor pulls out. Either way you likely have thousands of pounds of tension released and coming right at you like a giant and deadly rubber band.

At a minimum you should weight each end of the cable or use a safety rope to contain the cable if it snaps or the anchor fails.



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Well, I tried getting my hands on one of these...

[That is a tavern wench, if you didn't understand the reference]
So, this is the second time that I have moved a shed with a winch and this is the first time that anyone told me about...weighted cable vests?

I forget what term I was planning on using. Clearly I need more cold medicine!

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.....So, this is the second time that I have moved a shed with a winch and this is the first time that anyone told me about...weighted cable vests?
This was slightly concerning:

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Apparently I didn't drive the digging bar far enough into the frozen dirt, which is hard at the best of times. Without any warning it went from 45 to 90, so I released the winch, and came inside.

You don't have to buy a special winch rope weight. A backpack or reusable shopping bag with some weight in it will work too.
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All the more reason for me to fix my Civic and use that as an anchor!

(Watch me hit my Honda with the shed)
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(Watch me hit my Honda with the shed)

I plan to, repeatedly, when you post it on YouTube. You are recording this, right?

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