||>BY MYSELF, I moved an eight foot by eight foot Catalina spa about twenty
||>five feet to its new location. I used levers first, then hydraulic jacks,
||>then got two four wheel dollies under it. Luckily the pool deck and patio
||>were relatively flat. I got it to its new foundation, and used PVC pipes to
||>roll it Egyptian style.
||Juniors former employer had a cast concrete planter sitting on a
||palette out front of the store for about six months until I made the
||comment that if they soon didn't take it off the palette, I would do
||the job myself. The result was that on the next Sunday (cleanup day)
||the shop owner polished the same section of window for half an hour as
||I, assisted by a wrecking bar and a basket of wood scraps, moved the
||planter to it's designated spot and claimed the palette as my outdoor
||work surface. None of the staff had been able to suggest a method to
||accomplish the moving of this 3/4 ton item.
When we moved into our present house a few years ago, it came with a nice,
nearly new, site-built wooden storage building, 16'x12'. I needed it moved
about 30 feet - uphill, and through/around trees. So I called two local guys
that advertised moving such things. They estimated $300 to do it, so I said
"Come on". They came out, looked at at it, and said "We can't move that!" And
wished me luck.
Then my wife's employer offered to move it as a favor. this company is a
nationally-known for moving difficult items - anything, anywhere. They handled
transportation of the King Tut exhibit pieces when it toured the US. They sent
out a crew of 3 with a big forklift on an 18-wheeler. Those guys worked about 6
hours, getting the building to a different spot but still 20 feet or so from
where it needed to be before crying "uncle" and leaving, with apologies to the
wife. They also left a couple of broken tree limbs and one nice smaller tree cut
I came home and found the building in a totally "not good" place. It was
"high-centered" basically at the end of my driveway. It still needed to go
uphill about 15 feet, then turn 90 degrees and go downhill another 20 feet.
After a few more weeks of looking for someone to finish the job, I went down to
HD and bought a heavy-duty come-along and an assortment of chain, cable, and
ratcheting straps. Then I went back and cut brush and vines between the
building and the oak trees around the stranded building. Using the gear I had
to attach to the tree trunks, with the come-along midway, I moved that building
over one weekend, inching it over a few sheets of plywod.
A little muscle and engenuity makes an impossible job do-able without heavy
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