How to move a playhouse

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by saxet, Aug 24, 2010.

  1. saxet

    saxet Chirping

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    How does one move a 6 x 8 playhouse?
    It it not on my property. The F350 and that huge flatbed won't do much good, if you cannot get it up (or off) there, right?
    So how DO all these creative BYC folks move stuff like this? Who do you con(tr)act, and what (cost) is usually involved?
     

  2. 1_FnkyFrm

    1_FnkyFrm Songster

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    Check with a tow company and see what they will charge you to haul it on a rollback...
     
  3. Crabella

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    Try using camper jacks to raise it and back trailer under it?
     
  4. Buff Hooligans

    Buff Hooligans Scrambled

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    Try calling an excavator. We got one to use a crane like machine to lift the old shed that we then converted into a coop. The guy placed the lifting strap through the two side windows and attached the strap to his crane thingy. That's how he got it onto a flatbed truck to take it to our house.
     
  5. Horizon Structures

    Horizon Structures Official BYC Sponsor

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    Quote:I agree. It might cost you a bit more than trying to rig something up yourself, but the headaches saved will be worth it! You just have to make sure the truck can get to where it is and where you want it. If not, think about renting a forklift or possibly jack it and roll it on PVC pipes.

    Contact a towing company, or better yet, any shed / playhouse building company that delivers buildings assembled (I don't know how common they are in TX, but they're tons around here!). Maybe you can contact the original company that built the playhouse; we get calls like that pretty frequently.

    I would spend the money so you don't damage the building or get stuck, thereby running into trouble and having to call the truck anyway!

    ~ Nicole
     
  6. mxitman

    mxitman In the Brooder

    I had helped to move a 10 x 12 tool shed for my neighbor a few years back, it was in the backyard with no access for a truck or machinery. We did it like the Egyptians. He bought a few round fence posts around 12' long, we used two of these to raise one side (by using a pier block and leveraging it ) to remove the pier blocks at the front of the shed and lowered it unto a few of the fence posts. We then repeated with the back side. Then we just had to push it, with 4 guys we got it moved. Had to keep grabbing a post and transferring it to the front every few feet, worked good on a really heavy shed. I was quite impressed.
     
  7. 1_FnkyFrm

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    Quote:I agree. It might cost you a bit more than trying to rig something up yourself, but the headaches saved will be worth it! You just have to make sure the truck can get to where it is and where you want it. If not, think about renting a forklift or possibly jack it and roll it on PVC pipes.

    Contact a towing company, or better yet, any shed / playhouse building company that delivers buildings assembled (I don't know how common they are in TX, but they're tons around here!). Maybe you can contact the original company that built the playhouse; we get calls like that pretty frequently.

    I would spend the money so you don't damage the building or get stuck, thereby running into trouble and having to call the truck anyway!

    ~ Nicole

    I'd spend the extra money also....
     

  8. nordahlbunch

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    I just called a shed moving company about a used shed I'm interested in. It's a wood 8x12 barn style. To move it 45 miles (the distance from sheds location to my house) it would cost $450 to disasemble transport and reasemble. Too much for me!
     
  9. saxet

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    Oh! Lots of great suggestions!
    Thanks everyone. I now need to weed through what I want and what I want to/can invest. [​IMG]
     
  10. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    We bought a used 8x12 building off of Craigslist, and we called a place that sells those sheds and pre-built buildings, and they have a guy who we paid to take care of that for us. Our building was built on skids, lucky for us. This guy had such a cool truck.....it had this bed with hydraulics, and he put that building down exactly where I wanted it, and he made sure it was nice and level, so it doesn't rock at all when we go inside.

    That's what I'd do in your situation, call a shed or barn builder place.
     
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