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Old 09-17-2010, 05:59 PM   #1
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moving a garage

how do i go about moving a 10x20 garage


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Old 09-17-2010, 06:10 PM   #2
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It's small. Tear it down and rebuild it.


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How far do you have to move it?
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Old 09-17-2010, 09:32 PM   #6
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This is what I am going to do next spring to move a small building.... the wood must be sound.....

Install Lots of diagonal cross bracing and partially bury some old beams to make a RR to the new location. Pack the earth. You can leap frog the beams during the actual move

Make lots of chili and buy plenty of beer while you take a couple days off to heal blisters

Then have a lot of a friends over; sabersaw it off the foundation, lever it up and insert small blocks under bottom plate block it, insert rollers (I use lots of PVC pipe), remove blocks. Watch for wind, hills, kitties, kids, fingers, toes, power lines. Move slowly to new location. Do not go inside while moving. Be willing to leap away if anyone yells MOVE because its better to lose the garage than, say, an eye or a leg.

when done, feed friends beer and chilli


or you could pay someone.
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It's actually not that hard. I have moved, widened and/or raised dozens of garages.
I am basing my comments below on a few assumptions;
1) You're not moving it far and in a relatively straight line.
2) It's structurally sound and well built.
3) You have a firm level surface over which to move it.
4) You have at least 4-6 people to assist on "move" day.

If you don't have fairly advanced skills and structural knowledge, I would recommend hiring a professional contractor. The last thing you want, is to be inside of a garage that's off the ground when things go wrong. Make no mistake, a lot of things can happen doing this and very few of them are good.

The first thing to do is have the new slab ready for the garage.
You will need to install temporary bracing in virtually every direction to tie the walls together at the base and to support the roof as well, especially at the overhead door opening.
Cut the garage loose from the anchors that tie it to the slab, and any electrical feed.
Lift it slowly and evenly, this can be done either with jacks or a lever and fulcrum. You only need to lift it enough to get the rollers under it. For rollers use 12" lengths of 1-1/2" galvanized or black pipe, you'll need about 10-12 pieces of pipe. space the pipes out evenly along the 2 long walls.
Using a 6' piece of 4 x 4 as a lever you can move the garage by placing the bottom end on the ground underneath your cross bracing near where they attach to the sidewall. Lift the lever and prying against the cross bracing, reset and repeat. You need to move both sides of the garage evenly and have 2 people to grab the rollers as they exit and run them up to the other end.
Once it's on the new slab just set it back down on the new anchor bolts and attach. You will probably need to lift it up higher to clear the bolts.

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Here's a link regarding weight. Sounds like an interesting job.I'd probably move it in the winter when the ground is frozen.
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check this out (it's at about the 2 minute mark)


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