Monday, December 9, 2019

Shed Moving – How to move your shed

How to Move Your Storage Shed

Moving a storage shed within your yard is much easier than you might think. You just need the proper tools to do the job.

If you purchased the shed from a local storage shed retailer I would contact them before the move. Most shed retailers offer shed moving services both within the yard and over the road. In most cases hiring a professional to do the job will save you time, money and an aching back. If you would rather move it yourself ask if you can borrow or rent the tools needed to move your shed. We loan out our tools to do it yourselfers.

If it was purchased from a box store, home improvement center or wholesale club you are most likely on your own.

What you will need to move your shed

  • Depending on the size of the shed being moved you will need between 2 and 4 schedule 40 PVC pipes. I prefer 6″ diameter however 4″ or 6″ will work. The PVC pipes should be at least as long as the width of the storage shed. Example: for a 10′ wide shed I would suggest 10′ long PVC pipes.
  • A Jack – We use barn Jacks however just about any Jack will do.
  • Johnson bar, Digging bar or 4″x4″ – Although not mandatory if you have one of these in the garage or at work it can be used as a lever to assist in rolling the shed. We carry a Johnson bar in all of our storage shed delivery trucks.
  • 2 – 2″x4″ or 2″x6″ etc. to be used as tracks on top of which the PVC pipe will be set. Again don’t buy the lumber until you have attempted the shed move. In most cases you can roll the shed across the ground without the wood.
  • 4′ Level – Once moved you will need to level the shed.
  • Blocks/shims – 2″x8″x16″ patio blocks work well. Shims should be varying thicknesses. We also use .40 pressure treated cutoffs as well as cedar shims and 5/4″ composite decking cutoffs for shimming.

The shed move

  1. Determine the easiest and shortest route to move your shed to it’s new location. The easiest may not be the shortest.
  2. Clear the path.
  3. Jack up the end of the shed which is nearest to the new location. Be sure and raise it high enough so you can slide one of the PVC pipes under the shed about half way back.
  4. Depending on the length of the shed you can add another 1 or 2 PVC pipes. For any shed up to about 16′ long we use 2 tubes. Over 16′ long you may want to use 3. It depends on the weight of the shed and the distance it is being moved.
  5. Lower the shed and remove the jack.
  6. Push the shed from the opposite end. If the ground is level the shed should move relatively easily. Of course the larger the shed the harder it will be to get it rolling. If it won’t budge try using a lever (4″x4″, Digging bar or Johnson bar) to get it started.
  7. As you roll your shed you will most likely have the need to turn it as you maneuver across your yard. To do this simply raise the shed and angle the PVC pipes in the direction you want it to go. Start turning well in advance of obstacles as the shed will turn gradually. If you need to make a dramatic change in direction (70 degrees plus) raise the shed, remove the back PVC pipe (furthest pipe from the leading side of the shed) and angle the leading tube in the direction you want it to go. By removing the middle tube (non leading tube) you will be able to move the leading end of the shed by pushing it so it slides on the tube. For larger sheds a lever may be needed. Of course the more man power the easier it will move.
  8. Continue until you are at the new shed site.
  9. Ideally, you prepared the new storage shed site with crushed stone (for site preparation instructions click here)
  10. If you prepared your site then you will find it hard to push the shed across the stone. Use some scrap lumber to act as tracks on which you will be placing the PVC pipes.
  11. Once your shed is on your new site raise your shed and remove the pipes/tracks and lower it into place. Place the level on the floor of your shed checking the length and the width for level. Add blocks and shims where necessary to both level and support your shed.

Some sheds just can’t be moved easily Sheds built on a foundation require a lot of additional work including adding a foundation at the new site. You can still move the shed it will simply require more work. If you need information on a specific shed/barn move let me know. We have moved large sheds and barns onto new foundations so I can give you some tips specific to your move.

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