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Xist 11-12-2013 06:13 PM

Moving my dad's shed. (Advice? Roll on pipes? Furniture dollies?)
From what I have seen, the best way to move a shed is to lift it and place rollers or large PVC pipes underneath, but I do not know how well that would work with the 2x4s and 4x4s underneath.

What if I rented furniture dollies and put one under each corner? I only need to move the shed eighteen inches, in order to finish the fence that I started last summer.

MetroMPG 11-12-2013 07:30 PM

How big is it? What kind of surface is it sitting on?

ksa8907 11-12-2013 09:44 PM

2x4's, a truck, and some chain. Slide a board under each end, screw a board to the ends of the "sleds" to connect them, fasten the chain to the same ends of the "sleds", pull on chain.

There are some variables to consider, dimensions, weight, empty shed?, soil type, wet or dry...

Xist 11-13-2013 12:24 AM

I would guess about three meters a side and it is on dirt. The front is on concrete blocks and the back is on dirt. I started leveling out the ground underneath.

We cannot get a truck through the gate, although dad has one. He has talked about renting an ATV and he suggested getting four floor jacks.

P-hack 11-13-2013 03:24 AM

I managed to pry up part of an apartment building enough with a long 2x12 to get new floor joists in place with an assistant. I'm sure you can build out the foundation another 18 inches (cinder blocks) and lever the thing over with a few 2x4s and maybe some help. Though I would probably just make it part of the fence.

Xist 11-13-2013 08:21 AM

We bought cinder blocks almost a year ago. I do not think that putting the back of it on dirt was a very good idea. It is not up against the fence, it is at most two feet away. I had suggested only building the fence up to the shed, but Dad did not like the idea.

Will you please explain "Levering it over?"

P-hack 11-13-2013 09:26 AM

applying leverage sideways. If you can move it with a truck, you can move it with a lever, only slower. If you can't actually get the lever between the shack and the ground, then you can lever on the end of a rope tied around it. Make a hole in the ground and a notch in the lever fairly close to the ground and shorten the rope as you go.

Lever - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia class 2 for the rope thing.

This isn't exactly a pyramid here :)

Xist 11-13-2013 09:46 AM

Pyramids, didn't the Egyptians have unpaid labor? Oh, wait, so does Dad...

Dad paid me for everything up to this point, but I plan on paying to finish it, as well as insulate their garage. Who's a good boy? :)

Pull the shed with a lever? :) I had not thought of that. Good bragging rights "I moved this thing by myself! No truck, no crane, no team of laborers, just my muscles and my brain!"

Mostly brain... :)

I had planned on using my floor jack to raise each corner slightly more than the height of the cinder blocks, throw the rollers in there, and then pull it over 4.83271103e-17 light years. I just worry about the base being uneven and interfering with the rollers. Also, what in the world would I do with rollers afterward? :) If I rented furniture dollies, I would just take them back to U-Haul, although I wonder how well small wheels would work in dirt.

ksa8907 11-13-2013 09:50 AM

Could you use a winch? Manual ones are usually $50-75.

Small wheels will sink and turn into anchors, bad idea

P-hack 11-13-2013 09:59 AM

gonna need a pic to understand what the deal is with the cinder blocks though. Can they be removed/relocated in situ?

If your rollers are made of firewood, well, you know what to do with them ;) Though I would see how it drags first.

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