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Moving a pole barn?
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deadcarp    Posted 08-21-2004 at 09:28:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
Okay here's the deal: My son is about to get a country lot, it has a 2-bdrm trailer but not much more. So like everybody, he needs a garage or shed of some kind. Then about a mile away there's an abandoned nice, i'd say 24X60 pole building. It already has (2) 8-foot garage doors and several 4-foot plywood/wood frame walkin doors. (I think it was made to house a sawmill or something similar.) It has 10-foot walls that are bolted down to a row of blocks, metal siding and roofing that's nailed to purlins. Sorta resembles a mini-storage. I can likely get it for pocket change. So if i did, what's the best way to move it about a mile? We could setup a slab & blocks, then either move the whle thing OR halves OR tear it into sections OR strip the metal, let down the trusses, strip & move the walls and reasemble it. We only have a coupla months before freeze up. (Once we start, it's likely we'll downsize somewhere to maybe 24x30.) What sounds like the best approach? :)

Fern(Mi)    Posted 08-22-2004 at 05:55:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
Lots of good stuff below.
Think I'd unbolt it from foundation, lift it, beam (reversed trussed if temporary necessary) between outside walls over house trailer frame or hay wagons in one piece or two, remembering 24' depth is never enough any more.
However; be sure to check your building to over head wire heights the moving route. May be good idea to get an air born miss dig guidance report, if the blond on the other end ever understands your venture. And check with local police for road closures or accompaniment thru this trip. As long as you’re on back roads ya may not need permits. State and Federal byways usually will.
Done this a couple times. Worked out beautiful both time. Utility companys in those days helped without cost. Today?
Have fun!

bill b va    Posted 08-21-2004 at 16:00:32       [Reply]  [No Email]

get a helicopter . put lifting attachment in roof . apply lifting force . dig around pole holes. raise above trees . fly to new location .set in previously dug holes . fill an tamp dirt around poles .......easy as pie ........i don't see the problem

Alex    Posted 08-21-2004 at 15:37:30       [Reply]  [No Email]

you're a couple of days late, you should have contacted Cindy and had her send Charlie, your way.

Move a mile...........No Problem, with Charlie's help... ;^)


Burrhead    Posted 08-21-2004 at 10:49:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
We moved one that was about 30X40 like this.

Went around the walls about 2 foot off the ground with a couple of 2X8 bolted in like a butt plate for floor joist.

Then cut holes to put a pair of beams completely thru the building. Our beams were a frame from a junked out 14X70 trailer house

Then put a chain across each end and then added 3 more that were equal spaced along the length along and thru the new floor joist butt to keep the building from speading out and to hold up the sides when cut loose from ground.

Then cut the building off below the trailer frame and hauled it home.

mojo    Posted 08-21-2004 at 16:34:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
You are exactly right. We moved a 50'x60' barn just that way. Be sure to measure width of road obstucals...mailboxes, telephone poles, fences, roadbanks...and height...utility lines, trees. If you're going down a state road you might have legal troubles. Ended up being the same cost as a new metal building that would have been half the size. I hired professional movers though.

Burrhead    Posted 08-21-2004 at 20:03:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
The feller wanted $2500 to move it for me. I gave $250 for the scrap trailer frame and wheels and spent 2 days on it.

When I finished I sold the scrap trailer parts for $250. That don't mean I broke even at all but the moving was cheap enough ;^)

Clod    Posted 08-21-2004 at 10:08:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
Do not do as I once did.I got a free one about like you speak of.The poles were telephone poles.I rented a chainsaw and thought i would cut it down fast the load it on a two ton flatbed truck. The saw would get dull very quickly and the cuts i made left the thing hard to get apart because it fell halfway.So it was dangerous to cut and more trouble to get apart after hanging halfway down.All I can say is spend some time planning ahead.I finally got it home but it turned into a bigger job than I thought.No help either.

Chas in Me    Posted 08-21-2004 at 10:03:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
Jeeeez, dc, I'd rather move a well. Take it apart. Then rebuild and build what you want.

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