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09-24-2012 02:36 AM

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Hey Gang,

Well, I’m moved to Florida, and my beautiful shop is no more. ARGH! :(

I hope to get the ACC of my neighborhood to allow me to build a new shop in my back yard. LOTS of hoops to jump through there. I think the key will be to attach it to the house somehow…

ANYWAY, the FIRST problem is this. I have an 8’x10’ shed in the spot where I want to put the shop. I have to move it. It’s too heavy to lift, and I don’t really want to take it apart if I don’t have too.

Does anyone have any ideas on how I can move it? I need to more it about 75 ft with a 8 – 10ft elevation.

I’m considering finding someone with a truck and winch to pull it across the yard, and I would put some kind of roller under it so it would roll easily. WHAT kind of roller I am still trying to decide.

As always, your thoughts are appreciated.


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#1 posted 09-24-2012 02:42 AM

Flatbed trailer and wench it up on rollers underneath

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#2 posted 09-24-2012 02:47 AM

You might lay some wood beams on the ground to make the path. Lay them like rails on a train track. Them you could use smaller rollers like pipe to move the shed. You would only need enough beams and roller to put under the shen and some in front then you could move them as you moved the shed off them. Carry those to the front and keep pulling it across the yard. We don’t have the soft sand and ground like you do there but it works well where I live.

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#3 posted 09-24-2012 02:48 AM

Boom truck.

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#4 posted 09-24-2012 02:48 AM

At the job I just left part of my duties was operating the 15 ton boom truck. (Old dinosaur of a thing really)

But…. In the 4 years that I worked for that company I must’ve moved a handful of sheds like the one you describe or larger. Try calling your local lumber yard to see if they might have something similar. If so, I bet they charge around $100 an hour, and it wouldn’t take but 20 minutes if you prepped it beforehand.

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#5 posted 09-24-2012 03:05 AM

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#6 posted 09-24-2012 03:12 AM

Years ago I had 10×12 shed moved. The guys used a flatbed tow-truck with a cable wench…the type where the back lowered to the ground so a vehicle could be pulled up on it… They had 4” pvc pipe they used to roll it on…right on the grass and they just kept picking up each piece of pvc as it came out the back and moved it to the front. It was very easy for them to do.

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#7 posted 09-24-2012 03:33 AM

most towing companies will move the building for a reasonable could jack the building up and place long pipe or long post under and roll you would just have to keep moving the pipe til you got there.

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#8 posted 09-24-2012 06:05 AM

Pipe as rollers works. If you can jack up the shed one side at a time and put timber lengthwise along it and also on the ground – you need three pieces per side so that as you roll off one you move it up to the front. Short lengths of 2” gal water pipe are not expensive. Depending on how you rig it, you can tow it with a stationary 4WD with a winch, either fron the timber you set on the base of the shed or another piece across the back and winched from both sides.

-- Milton Toal, Doncaster, Melbourne Australia.

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#9 posted 09-24-2012 01:39 PM

Not to throw a wrench into this, but do be aware of where your in-ground pipes are in particular sewer/septic lines and/or other drainage lines. Not sure how Florida regulates such, but do be aware. FWIW, this happened to my parents up in the midwest and the increased drainage problems from crushed lines led to a basement wall failure. At least you don’t have basements in Florida. ;-)

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#10 posted 09-24-2012 01:44 PM

Years ago I moved an 8×10 shed easily.
I brought home eight six inch pipes from work.
Put them under the shed.
Lower the shed onto the pipes.
Get five or six of the strongest guys you know over.
Beforehand, be sure to buy a case of beer or two for “payment”.
It’s cheaper than most ways to move it.


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#11 posted 09-24-2012 02:01 PM

I’d make sure it’s worth moving before putting any money out. If it’s been there awhile, the bottom could be bad.

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#12 posted 09-24-2012 02:01 PM

I like William’s suggestion. That’s way a lot cheaper than other options. Plus, you can join the fun! lol

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#13 posted 09-24-2012 04:54 PM


William has The Plan!

One more thing to be concerned about…
Does the shed have a built-in floor? If so, the large pipe rolling approach, rolling the pipes directly on the ground would work.
If it doesn’t, then the Laying of the wooden rails would probably make it easier to do.

Is the ground somewhat straight (not bumpy)... if not, using the rails would probably make it easier.

If the ground is very soft where the pipes cannot roll freely, the rails would also help.

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#14 posted 09-24-2012 04:59 PM

How about 1 pound of plastic explosive? :)
Just couldn’t resist…........


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#15 posted 09-24-2012 11:14 PM

I think I now have a project for the high school boys youth group at church….. ;)

4WD, wench, pipes, strong young’uns.

Thanks guys!

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