Last week on my Outdoor Overhaul update, I shared progress and told you that the first thing I needed to do was to move a garden shed. The shed is about 30+ years old, and use to be on the driveway. When we got a new carport years ago, they moved the shed for us.
The challenge would be turning the garden shed, and moving it across the lawn instead of on a driveway.
Materials That are Helpful for Moving a Garden Shed
- Hydraulic Jack
Steps for moving a garden shed
The first thing you will need to do is empty the garden shed. All this stuff is way to heavy to push across the yard. I took my time—as I emptied the shed I moved the items that would be staying in the shed over to the new area. Some of the stuff would be stored in the wood shed, much of it was tossed in the trash or set out for other junkers to rehome.
If you’re a regular on my Facebook page, you may know about Henry. He makes many appearances during my backyard makeover. I think he’s rather curious. Henry is a stray rooster that showed up in December. While working on the Outdoor Overhaul, he introduced us to his new gal, Etta. She also showed up out of nowhere. I guess all that crowing Henry did, coaxed her to join him.
A hydraulic jack allowed us (My neighbor Rodney and I) to raise the garden shed in order to roll in some pipes. You could use heavy PVC pipes or clothesline posts.
Getting the shed turned into the right direction to move it across the lawn was definitely the most challenging. Using the hydraulic jack on a piece of plywood allowed the garden shed to pivot onto the pipes.
It was tedious work to complete the pivot process, but finally the garden shed was headed in the right direction. The next part was oh so easy!
This video will give you all the details you need to move your own garden shed. If we two senior citizens can move a shed, so can you!
Best way to move a garden shed
- Raise Shed in Front with a Hydraulic Jack
- Place 3 Pipes under Shed Skids (runners) across the shed from front to back. One in the front, middle, and rear of the shed.
- Insert long 2x4’s under shed thed resting them on the ground parallel to the skids (runners) and under the pipes
- Roll shed. The shed is on the pipes, the pipes are on the 2x4’s
- Think of the 2x4’s as railroad tracks
- As pipes are revealed in the front, and 2x4’s are exposed, move them to the back to keep rolling along
Watching the video above will make it more clear.
Moving the shed was really on the top of the list of things to do for this backyard makeover.
Also at the top of the list:
- Remove aluminum carport
- Take down fence panels
Completing both of those jobs actually aided in the moving of the shed. The pipes from the carport and the 2x4’s from the fence panels really came in handy for this job.
Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.