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Shed Moving
updated: May 14, 2014, 12:40 PM

By Edhat Subscriber

About twenty years ago, I built a wooden 10' x 10' garden shed. The floor is a frame of 2x4 joists that sits on top of 4x6 pressure-treated runners. There is a pepper tree that curves around the back and overhangs the shed. Over the years the trunk has grown enough to reach the back of the shed, and it now has pushed about two inches into the decorative roof overhang on the back of the shed.

The shed itself is not connected to the runners it sits on. If it could be moved forward on the runners about one foot, that would be enough space for tree growth for longer than the shed will last or I will live. I know that I can start cutting the shed around the tree, but first I'd like to try to do it right. Is there anyone local that does house moving--or shed moving?

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 COMMENT 518821 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-14 12:50 PM

Sounds like the kind of challenge I'd enjoy working on for a day... I have a few 20 ton hydrolic jacks. I would probaly strap or build a craddle around the trunk to create an attachment point for some 4x4 posts. These posts would come down to the ground where the jacks are waiting. I would slowly and gently jack up the tree trunk as much as it comfortably wants to rise and then remove the shed, out from underneath the tree.
You can get these jacks at Sears, Kragen, or O'Reighly's for a reasonable price when they're on sale.
Be safe!


 COMMENT 518822 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-14 12:53 PM

Don't move it, just shift the back wall inward 1-2 feet, then cur off the "excess" roof. Of course your shed would be 1-2 feet shorter, but you'd also have a bit of a platform at the rear of your shed for hiding your odds and ends. Think about it.


 COMMENT 518827 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-14 01:03 PM

518821: Whoa! Are you saying that I should move the tree? and that would give me clearance to move the shed? First, I can't imagine that I could move the tree even a fraction of an inch, and secondly, you didn't mention how I might then move the shed--which was my original question. Take my word for it. The pepper tree does not want to move even a fraction of an inch.


 COMMENT 518833 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-14 01:23 PM

821 - Stop it it's too hot.


 COMMENT 518834 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-14 01:29 PM

LOL move the tree

You will need to make the subfloor/base longer, so its equal to the amount you want it moved forward for the start

Then how are the runners orientated (do they run the direction you want it to go) or side to side?

How is the frame connected to the sub?


 COMMENT 518842 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-14 01:37 PM

What is the foundation? My dad was able to rent a large forklift and strap around his shed and move it. It definitely tore up the yard, but they are re-doing that area anyway. You may need to move it completely out of the way, build a new foundation, and then move the shed back. Good luck!


 COMMENT 518846 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-14 01:39 PM

518834: Runners are oriented correctly for a move. Frame is not connected to the runners. But those things don't matter to me. I'm not moving it. I'm looking for someone who's done this a few times before.


 FLICKA agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-14 01:48 PM

Hope you can get someone for the job. Meanwhile, I think it's beautiful, shed and tree; photo of the day


 COMMENT 518872P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-14 02:00 PM

If the shed's treated wood foundation isn't actually connected to the earth, I'd think you could wrap a cable around the foundation down low and use a couple of "come-along's" to slide the structure away from the tree.


 SHAKEY agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-14 02:26 PM

A lot of time those sheds don't weigh as much as they look, so the first thing I would try is to find 3 hand trucks and four more people. First remove the ramp in front of the door then two guys with hand trucks in front and one in back and two people in back pushing ( on 3 ) ha ha , should be fine.


 YIN YANG agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-14 03:41 PM

Agreed, that is a fine looking shed, and tree! g'luck


 COMMENT 518935P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-14 04:06 PM

I'd call around to some backhoe/equipment rental places and see what they think as far as feasibility, and ask for recommendations. They know all the contractors.


 ANIMALLISTNER agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-14 09:06 PM

Great looking shed. Please call Rick Rudnick arborist. He is great. Good luck.


 COMMENT 519079 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-15 07:41 AM

Entire houses get moved often. If there is access for a tractor, its a simple matter. If not, an anchor point and winch should do the trick. It is not a job for a few guys as one poster suggested. Mechanical means is required for the job. We recently removed a similar sized wooden shed with backhoe and trailer in less time than it took me to write this. Pozzebon or Beausoleil are the backhoe guys I would call first. I can assess for you if they can't help. Second dot nature at verizon dot net


 COMMENT 519090 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-15 08:23 AM

You're gonna need to consult with an arborist/tree surgeon to know what kind of damage there may be to the tree as a result of being wrapped around the corner of the shed and what should be done after moving the shed to ensure that the tree is not needlessly vulnerable to infections etc.


 COMMENT 519111 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-15 09:57 AM

An 8' x 12' Toughshed (built with 2x4 studs 16" OC and T-111 construction) weighs about 3500 lbs, according to the factory. I moved one on a trailer. It wasn't easy. The key is to do it safely.

Be very careful using a 'come-along' winch. If the cable breaks, you're directly in the line of fire. If you do use one, wrap a garden hose around the cable or cover it with a thick blanket.

But if you only need to move it a short distance, you could jack it up with 2 ton rated automotive floor jacks, and roll it on them. Or roll the whole building on long lengths of steel pipe.


 FLICKA agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-15 10:02 AM

A contractor moved our garage with round poles; he said it was how the Egyptians moved things thousands of years ago. I think what the poster wants is to have someone come do it for him. Maybe google "house movers".


 COMMENT 519254P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-15 04:11 PM

Ditto 821.


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