How to Move a Shed Across Your Back Yard

People ask us all the time; ‘What is the best way to move a shed?’   The first question is how far are you moving the shed?  Are you trying to move the shed to a new spot in your back yard or are you trying to move your shed to a new address across town?  This article will offer solutions to moving your shed across your backyard to a new spot.

Before attempting to move a shed, you need to first take a good look at the bottom section of the shed.  Some sheds are built on a runner system.  These runners are sometimes referred to as skids.  Sheds can have 2, 3, or 4 runners underneath.  They look like skis that the shed sits on top of.  The runners are usually 4 x 4 or 4 x 6 wood planks that will run from the front of the shed to back.  Sheds built on a runner system were made to be transported.  If your shed does not have a runner system, then most likely the shed was built on site and it is not intended to be moved.  Have no fear, just because it was not intended to be moved does not mean that it cannot be moved.  Whether your shed has runners or not you can use the following techniques.

In the same manner that the ancient Egyptians moved massive blocks to build the great pyramids, you can move your shed.  You will need an 8’ – 10’ pole.  This pole should be steel or something similar so that it will not break when you put it under great pressure.  You will also need a good block.  I suggest a wood block at least 6” x 6” x 12”.  The pole and the block will undergo a lot of stress, so don’t use something that will break under pressure.  You will also need gray PVC pipe.  White PVC pipe has a thin wall that will buckle under the weight of a shed.  Gray PVC pipe is much thicker, making it much better to use for our purposes.  The pipe needs to be wider than your shed and a good size diameter.  The wider diameter of the pipes makes the shed move more easily.  You will need at least four pieces of pipe, but I recommend six or more.  The longer your shed is, the more pipes you will need.

Once you have your materials, the process is simple.  You use the block and the pole as a lever to lift the building.  You begin sliding the PVC pipe under the building one at a time.  Once the pipe is under the shed, begin pushing the shed across the pipe like rollers of a conveyor belt.  You will constantly be picking up the pipes from the back of the shed and laying them down in the front of the shed to keep the shed moving along toward the new desired location.  You can use the steel pipe and block to help turn and steer the shed.  I highly recommend having some able body people helping you with this process especially if you have a larger shed.  Once you have the shed in the new spot, use the pole and block to lift the shed and place concrete block underneath the shed to make sure it is level and off the ground.  Properly blocking the building will help your shed last longer and allow air and water to move more freely across the yard.

If all this sounds like too much work, you can always hire laborers to help you with this process, or you can hire a local shed dealer to come out and move it for you.  The dealer most likely will use a tractor called a mule to do the move.  It is a great piece of equipment and it can do the job right in a short amount of time.

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