How we fi­nally moved our shed

Spoiler alert: It took two at­tempts

Tri-County Vanguard - - SALTWIRE HOMES - Heather Laura Clarke

YouTube tu­to­ri­als can be a won­der­ful re­source when you’re try­ing some­thing new. They can also fill you with false con­fi­dence and con­vince you to try a stupid (and po­ten­tially dan­ger­ous) idea that will leave ev­ery­one in a panic.

It all started with the place­ment of the shed (tech­ni­cally a baby barn) in our back­yard. It was strangely po­si­tioned about six feet away from our deck, with a wind­ing gar­den be­hind it. It made a al­ready-nar­row yard feel even nar­rower, and we talked for years about mov­ing it ... some­how ... to the back of the prop­erty in­stead.

Well, YouTube to the res­cue! We stum­bled upon a video that showed a guy mov­ing a huge shed by rolling it on long wooden polls. It sounds crazy and, it turned out, it was crazy, but it seemed doable. Didn’t the pi­o­neers al­ways load barns onto logs and move them to a new home­stead of some­thing? It seemed le­git.

At $30 for six posts, we de­cided to give it a try and see if it worked. With­out go­ing into too much de­tail — be­cause no one should try this at home — we started by jack­ing up the shed. I was freak­ing out the whole time, pos­i­tive the whole struc­ture was go­ing to come crash­ing down on my hus­band’s foot (or head).

We slipped the posts un­der­neath and rigged up wooden skids and a path­way of pavers. The idea was that the shed would smoothly roll along them to its rest­ing point at the back of the yard. (Fat chance.)

We pulled . . . and pushed . . . and cursed. The shed barely budged. YouTube had lied to us.

I was frus­trated, but my poor handy hus­band was in such a state I was wor­ried he’d have a heart at­tack. We’d torn out our gar­den, we’d up­rooted the on­ces­table shed and we’d wrecked a good chunk of the yard. He ac­tu­ally sank down to the kitchen floor, dis­traught. I needed to do some­thing.

He said we’d prob­a­bly need an ex­ca­va­tor, so I made a cou­ple of quick calls and found a lo­cal guy who came highly rec­om­mended. He was over within the hour, and for a hun­dred bucks he lugged the shed ex­actly where it needed to be. It re­mains the best $100 we’ve ever spent, on any­thing. We were both so re­lieved.

Of course, the pro­ject wasn’t to­tally fin­ished. We still had a large area of our yard to re-sod (an­other $100), re-level and se­cure the shed on the un­even ground, and we also built a small deck at the front.

We plan to run power out there at some point. (Right now we just have long heavy-duty ex­ten­sion cords.) Handy Hus­band some­times talks about re­plac­ing the wooden doors with an alu­minum slid­ing garage-style door, but I ar­gue that it wouldn’t leave room for pretty ex­te­rior lights, so we’ll see what hap­pens.

For now, we’re just happy the shed is in a much bet­ter spot, tucked right at the back of the yard, leav­ing the rest of the grass free for the kids and their friends to run around. It looks bet­ter back there and it also makes the yard look larger.

And if, for what­ever rea­son, we lose our minds and de­cide to move that darn shed again? We skip the wooden posts and im­me­di­ately dial the friendly guy with the ex­ca­va­tor. We’ve learned our les­son.

HEATHER LAURA CLARKE PHO­TOS

Heather’s shed was oddly si­t­u­ated too close to their house, so they wanted to move it.

Heather and her Handy Hus­band tried fol­low­ing in­struc­tions from an on­line video on how to roll your shed to a new lo­ca­tion. To­tal fail.

They hired a lo­cal guy with an ex­ca­va­tor who had the job done quickly.

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