The Shed Was Moved Yesterday at Brick House 319

Just after I published yesterday’s post, John called me. He said, “When will you be here? I have the shed hooked up to the truck and I’m going to pull it to the back of the yard.” I replied, “But I thought we were going to have Taylor push it with his machine?” John replied, “I don’t want to wait.”

I drove to the house and discovered John had removed the contents from the shed, jacked up the rear of the shed about 6 to 8 inches. He used barbell weights and two shale bars to incrementally raise the shed enough to get each barbell underneath.

Bill had constructed the shed and the platform in a strong way allowing John to take a chain and go through the floor at the back of the shed. With John’s Type IV hitch on his Dodge, he made a “V” and attached it to the truck at a 10ft distance. This insured that the shed would not collapse when pulled. He had a pile of scrap 6ft 4x4s that he used to insert under the shed to make it’s journey to the backyard on rails.

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Here’s the Type IV hitch welded to the frame of the truck. About ten years ago, John literally tore down a split-level home to the ground with this 60ft chain. He threw the 60ft chain through a double hung window on the first floor of the house and took it out another double hung window on the other side of the house, hooked the chain together, put the truck in 4-wheel drive and added power. The house caved in and imploded.

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John is pulling the shed as close to the west fence (far left) as possible to avoid a stump in the ground. We also needed to get the shed out of the center in order for the yard to be graded. Taylor, the builder, will be grading the backyard. As of yet, I’m not sure of the exact equipment we’ll be using so stay tuned.

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John started pulling the shed by inserting a strong, steel 2×2 orange Dolly at the back end of the shed. He was hoping that the Dolly would facilitate rolling it to its new location. After the third pull, the Dolly succumbed to the sheer weight of the platform and shed. We found four snapped-off wheels in its path; the Dolly was nowhere to be found and is stuck under the shed permanently.

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Prep work for the shed’s new location…

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John was trying to get the Dolly’s wheels on the plywood to no avail. The Dolly is in Davy Jones locker.

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A 6ft shale bar was used…

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A strong 3ft “hooked” bar was also used…it didn’t budge.

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John is smashing in the new 4×4 at the front right. He repeated this process all the way to the back of the yard. He would pull the shed 6ft each time, get out of the truck and insert the 4x4s on both sides. This literally had the shed on rails; it didn’t touch the ground. Otherwise it would create too much friction and bury itself–similar to how the Egyptians transported pyramid stones.

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Kiwi supervised heavy equipment operation…

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John’s retrieving scrap pressure-treated 4x4s…

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Now the Dolly is history and John’s inserting the additional 4x4s…

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Here’s the carnage left behind without the orange Dolly. Where is it?

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The shed will no longer be in the way of construction, grading and our views, whether it’s viewing the backyard from the house or viewing the house from the backyard.

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Moving along…

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More 4x4s…

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Sliding the 4x4s under…

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As John’s truck got within 6ft of the fence, he had to turn right. He stopped, backed up 6 inches and released the tension on the chain. He made the orange chain “V” smaller and then attached a 25ft chain to the new-sized “V.” With this set-up, John put the truck’s tailgate inches from the shed and then took new 25ft silver chain and wrapped it as tight as possible so that the hitch was as close to the shed as possible.

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This is the slack that was taken out.

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Sometimes there wasn’t enough room for the 4×4 so a 30lb sledge hammer was the perfect tool to use.

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After tightening the “V,” John turned the truck sharp right and his left front was within 3 inches of the fence.

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When John ran the chain through the shed, he had to remove the hook with the Clevis pin in order to get the chain through the smaller hole in the shed’s 2×4 floor.

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John said, “If you have a pick-up truck and do tree work and demolition, the best investment is purchasing a 60ft chain like the orange one in this photo.” “The 25ft chain is great for small jobs such as pulling out the shrubs in front of 319 last summer.” “They were ripped right out of the ground.” (John PURCHASED the orange chain in 2003 at Home Depot–it comes in a bucket for ease of carrying and storage. It’s a little pricey but well worth it.)

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The shed is now in its temporary location during the construction phase.

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Kiwi is doing his final inspection and it has passed…

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Without the shed, we can fully see the house from the backyard.

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The 8×12 shed one year ago with the 1000 bins obscured way in the background–this was a mosquitoes breeding ground.

 

 

 

 

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