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Moving a garage: any insights?

Frits_Maas's picture

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I have a detached 2-car wood framed garage that I'd like to move back on my more or less level property less than a hundred feet. The structure is just 2x4's with wood siding. Is this something that can be done with out professionals? Anyone know of sources of info on this process?

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I have a detached 2-car wood framed garage that I'd like to move back on my more or less level property less than a hundred feet. The structure is just 2x4's with wood siding. Is this something that can be done with out professionals? Anyone know of sources of info on this process?

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I moved a similar garage about 15 feet, think I mentioned the specificics in a message somewhere on this forum in the archives.

I'm an architect & general contractor and basically did the job myself, just using a couple friends to do the actual moving. The new slab foundation was subbed out.

Basically braced, lifted, lowered, and rolled on scrap wood closet pole-sized dowels and steel pipe. Used a system of two 4x rails (directly under the walls) with short 2x4 scraps under them sort of like railroad ties.

This probably won't track well enough for your purposes however without some kind of flanged wheels or something. I've seen steel wheels which use angle iron as rails in the inverted vee position, this might work.

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You can also do this with a "running gear." This is basically a chassis for a hay wagon or grain wagon. You can screw a ledger board on the inside of your stud walls. Then push the trailer inside and take the wheels off. Lay steel on top of the trailer and under the ledger board then jack the trailer and bolt the wheels back on. Now the setup is mobile, tow it where you want it. A local building mover did this once with two wagons side by side. Making up skids will work but you better have a tractor to pull it.

-Rob

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My father used a wagon running gear to move an old wooden equipment shed that was about the size you describe. He used ledger plates and rough cut 4x12 to support it. Moved it several hundred feet using a tractor.

I constructed the observation tower/retreat for our house on the ground. I hired a crane for $85/hour to lift it in place. It took less than an hour. The structure was octagon shaped, a little over 10 feet in diameter. It was built out of 2x6s and sheathed with 7/16" osb. I also put the concrete tile roof on it and installed the 8 windows. It weighed less than 3000 lbs. I would guess that your garage is something around 10000 lbs, so a couple of 5000 lb trailer axels could be used to move it. A 25-35 hp utility tractor should be able to move it.

There's a better way! (post #167760, reply #5 of 6)