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Old 05-31-2013, 02:59 PM   #1
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moving a big playhouse

We have this playhouse (I did not build) that I am having moved to a new location in our yard. The playhouse is 7ft x 7ft and it appears that it is resting on sections of poured concrete. I cannot tell if there are any posts going down into concrete or not, but I did dig down a bit and it looks like 2x6 pressure treated wood around the bottom of the perimeter. The PT wood is in not the best shape as it has been sitting at the surface, so I'd like to replace that wood.

You can see in the photo where the new location is - just behind the playhouse. I took up the grass and put an inch or so of gravel on it so far. It is slighly slope, about 8-10" higher in the back than the front.

How should I prepare the new foundation and site so that the movers can pick up the playhouse, I can take off the old pressure treated wood, and they can place the house on the new location? Should it be on-grade with concrete blocks? If so, do they need to line up with whatever joists are under the playhouse?

Not sure what to do but I'm pretty handy. If there is a youtube video or something you may now that can walk me through....

thanks for any suggestion!
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This may sound crazy, but I have seen shed movers using well-built hand trucks (carts) to simply get under them, and push down on the cart handles, lifting the shed to allow it to be wheeled pretty easily. Two in front, and two in back. (I HAVE seen a 16' shed moved with only two of these hand trucks, total.)

Of course they will have to be the big air-tire kind, not the little plastic wheels.


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#1 The reason it's rotting is the whole building was to close to the ground.
It needed to be at least 6" up off the ground.
I've moved many a shed by myself with nothing more then 2, Farm jacks and some 3 or 4" PVC. I lift the shed and use the PVC as rollers to move the shed.
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when you get it to where you want it I'd recommend sitting it on 4x4 or 6x6 preservative treated post (laid flat on ground). Posts are treated for ground contact whereas most 2x is only treated for above ground use.

Use the wrong PT and it will rot.

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yeah - jack alls (which can be dangerous) and some rollers (farm posts for us as we had them.) Amazing what you can move that way.
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If you wish to lift it yourself so you can replace the bad wood before the movers show up---let us know----

With that one---consider bolting on two temporary 2x10s to the outside---3 feet or so wider than the building---so it has 'handles' on both sides --kind of like a sedan chair.

This will give you four jacking points--and four places to place wood cribbing to hold it up---

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