Sunday, April 13, 2014

Shed Moving weekend....

 Well many of you know that we moved in January.   Mr Fantastic and I are very excited about our New Home... and our Backyard is a blank canvas waiting for us to paint... *giggle*.   We haven't brought our Travel Trailer home yet *sad face* because we don't want it out on the street.  So this weekend (started on Saturday)....while Mr Fantastic was participating in a Golf tournament... I, with the help of one of my co-workers... Moved our shed...  YEP our 12ft x 12ft Shed....We moved it just the two of us..and I didn't unload it or anything.   Here's how we did it....

This is the starting point...

As you can see, it's too close to the fence as it sits, to get our Trailer behind the fence.  We are going to move it about 25 feet and turn it 180 degrees so that the door faces the house.  Will be easier to make sure the door is closed at the end of each day. *wink*.


First We Jacked it up and placed rollers (PVC) under it...


We used lots of 2 x 6's and short pieces of PVC, it will allow the shed to roll along the boards.  Prepping took us quite a bit of time.  We started at 8am Saturday morning.
(Some of you may or may not know that I'm a High Voltage Substation Electrician...this is a Technique that we use to move our Big Power Transformers.....we obviously don't use PVC, as Transformers weigh A LOT more, but this procedure is similar....lovin' that my work skills are coming in handy *BIG GRIN*)

This Bracket system is something my coworker manufactured!  It REALLY worked Awesome!!


We used a GIANT chain and a Tugger (aka a Come-A-Long) to pull the Shed across the 2x6's...


Excuse the backside shot of my friend.*wink*......it's the only close up pix I had of the chain....*grin*

We have the shed moved about 12 feet in this pix...

As it rolls forward...the PVC will pop out the back and then we have to Jack up the front again and insert the PVC at the front.  It rolled along the planks pretty easy.  I was tugging away at it, while my coworker kept an eye on all the rollers, so it wouldn't start dragging on the ground.  

Okay... the shed is almost ready to turn in this picture...

Look-y There... We have grass on the backside now :) We'll be graveling this area and putting in a new gate system so that the Trailer can fit in this spot perfectly!!!  (Mr Fantastic WILL be Home for that part....*grin*)

  Let's start the turning process...


What we did to turn it was....we added Sheets of Plywood instead of the 2x6's, and started using LONG pieces of PVC so that the Shed would slide on it.. We moved our pick points, as well, so that we'd start tugging on different points...(we added another bracket to the back corner..just not in this picture)


We buried these Very Large Metal stakes in the ground to use with the Tugger,.. Sometimes we had to double up due to the ground lifting from the force.  
(I know it looks like my friend is doing all the work...but I had to use the camera..HAHA.  He had me on the tugger and the jacks..so just know that I was super sore by the end of the day.*giggle*.)


Alright!   We have the shed turned...now to pull it back to the final resting place... we changed up the chains so that they wrapped around the front and pulled the chain to the back.. It lined the shed up perfectly straight off our deck...and we were able to move it back to the fence where I wanted it.


So at 4pm....this is where it sat for the night....(took less than 7 hours to move it) I am VERY happy with where it ended up..It still needed to be leveled and secured, but that's going to be done on Sunday......(again, remember Mr Fantastic was in a golf tournament...He was SUPER Impressed when he got home...and happy to help with clean up,  He even brought us home some Dinner. )

On Sunday... I got out those Jacks one more time... and Raised the shed up on the backside first.. Got it level and moved to the front making sure it was level from front to back and side to side...after level and secure...I redid the Ramp, so it's fully functional again.  

For the ramp, I laid down some asphalt roofing so that it won't get slick to walk on....makes for Good tread..
So it's ALL Secure, Level and Ready for Paint (to be done at a later date..*wink*)  
Mr Fantastic made it home in time to help me bury the electrical PVC (he didn't win his tourney, but he said he had a good time.....I think he was too worried about me to really enjoy his game.. *giggle*)  I'll finish up the electrical this week...have to buy a few more things..  NEXT Major part will be putting in the new fence/gate and graveling...Our Trailer will be coming home soon!.

Also, I think that when I paint it... I am going to add a QUILT block to the left side that faces into the Yard..kinda like what you see on the Barns... :)  Wouldn't that look FANTASTIC!!  Here's what I'm thinking of...


Anyway... I'm feeling very ACCOMPLISHED tonight and Just had to share with you all!   Thanks for stopping by and I hope to have some Quilty fun to share with you all SOON.

Hugs... Till Next Time....

4 comments:

Elita@Busy Needle Quilting said...

HOLY COW, WOMAN hear you ROAR! :-) That is amazing! Great to be able to put your Other Job skills to work for you isn't it? :-) AWESOME JOB!

Nilya said...

you are so clever :) - good Job!

ipatchandquilt said...

That is so awesome! I did not know this was possible! You are so clever!!!
Esther

claudia said...

OH. MY. GOODNESS! You rock...and your friend does too. And so does your hubby!I always wondered how these things were moved. Now I know. I have a little "house" in my backyard that I was thinking I would like to get it into the corner of the yard so as not to take up so much open space...you've given me some thing to think about here! Thanks!