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Old 04-17-2007, 12:58 AM   #1
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Default Moving BIG/HEAVY stuff by yourself!

I know this is not necessarily garage related but I was wondering how folks move really big/heavy items by themselves. I bought a neighbors 986 lb. hot tub and can't really seem to get the 7-8 guys I need to move it this coming weekend. Anyway, I know a lot of you are building your own garages and pole barns and was wondering what you're using to move the big items around by yourself. I only need to move this thing 70-80', from his backyard to my backyard and there's nothing in the way but grass. I'm tempted to put the thing on furniture dollies and go buy a HF hoist to pull it over as I place OSB sheets in front of it (kind of like the Egyptians would have done it). I've got a steep down hill from the front yard to the back because of the backyard's walk out basement so renting a crane is not an option. Any ideas on how else to slide something across dirt and grass without tearing things up. Also, what size wire do you use for a dedicated 50amp outdoor spa panel and how long can the length of wire be from the exterior panel to the spa? Many thanks for your ideas.

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Old 04-17-2007, 02:55 AM   #2
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Yikes. That's a lot of damn weight. Not to mention, it's kind of a cumbersome shape.

Be careful, no matter what you do.
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Old 04-17-2007, 04:14 AM   #3
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I moved my milling machine, lathe etc. from the garage to my shop by placing them on a large piece of sheetmetal and pulled them with my lawn and garden tractor. OSB, while not as smooth as sheetmetal might work as a skidplate and somebody (if not you) will be only too happy to demonstrate the pulling power of their lawn tractor. You might even use your auto if room permits. Hook as low as you can on the skid and as high as possible on the tow vehicle [BUT NOT ABOVE THE AXLE] to put weight on tires and discourage spinning. Take it slow.

If this method hadn't worked for me I was prepared to wait for Winter and ice a path to slide it along.
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Old 04-17-2007, 07:19 AM   #4
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You can get some tips from this guy!

http://j-walkblog.com/index.php?/web...ing_big_rocks/


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Old 04-17-2007, 07:53 AM   #5
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get some 4x4's and cut the fronts up at an angle, like a ski. Then put a few more of them perpendicular to them and strap the tub to those that are on top of the ski's. I would bolt the top 4x4's to the ski's (4x4's) and make sure you recess the bolt heads on the bottom of the ski's. How do you get the hot tub up on 4x4's? with an engine hoist.. or a block and pulley attached to an A frame... or with 3-4 guys picking up one side at a time... once on that setup.. tow it to where you want it..
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Old 04-17-2007, 08:18 AM   #6
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Use 2" galvanized water pipe. I moved my spa from the trailer to my deck with 3 pieces of pipe rolling it like the romans moved things. Once one comes out the back, you put it back under the front and keep going. Did it by myself and no body strains either.
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Old 04-17-2007, 09:03 AM   #7
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Hmm... These things are part of the reason that I still have my Bobcat around...
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Old 04-17-2007, 09:28 AM   #8
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[QUOTE=Steve in Mi]Hook as low as you can on the skid and as high as possible on the tow vehicle to put weight on tires and discourage spinning. [QUOTE]

Very good way to get somebody killed or injured. DO NOT hook onto the tow vehicle above the rear axle. Other than that, good idea.
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Old 04-17-2007, 10:39 AM   #9
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With 986#? My Reese hitch has the ball above the rear axle on my SportTrac. Granted, it's only a few inches, but it was made that way. He's pulling across his yard, not down the highway.
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Old 04-17-2007, 11:14 AM   #10
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Good idea on making runners for it.
But if you are going across grass you will leave some big ruts.
Go to a landscape place and get some 4 or 5 inch dia fence posts to use as rollers. The bigger the dia, the better. 5 or 6 of them will be enough.
When the tub rolls off one, stop and bring it to the front. You should be able to go in 3 or 4 foot jumps this way. It is much less work then the runners alone, and be nicer to the grass.
I moved a 12 x 8 garden shed apx 120 feet this way. It was just me and 2 boys, 13 and 14. Some 6 foot 2 x 4's as levers, and we were done in a morning.
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I work at a CAT equipment dealer, and renting a rubber tire telehandler might be your best option. You should be able to rent one for less than $200 a day, and if you could stack some other things to use it for on that same day to maximize the use you got out of it, it might be the best option.

It's basically a large, all terrain forklift. It would have no problems picking up the hot tub, either with the forks or with lifting straps, and it should be pretty easy to make small adjustments with it for final placement. The large rubber tires might make small indentations into your yard, but with a smaller machine I don't think you'd have much to worry about.

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Old 04-17-2007, 01:14 PM   #12
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Ditto on the fenceposts. I have moved around alot of big awkward things this way including my own hottub and sheds. I also have a low tilt deck snowmobile trailer that I can move stuff around on. I tilt it, use 2" pipe to roll the object up on it and let it tilt back to level. I use a comealong to pull the object up on the deck. I use an ATV or pick up to pull the trailer around depending on how far I have to go. Of course I also have a semi and 48 ft. flatbed trailer available to me for really big stuff.
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Old 04-17-2007, 01:24 PM   #13
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I agree with renting a piece of equipment. You can rent even a backhoe for a few hundred for the weekend and be done with it.

Otherwise, plywood and pipe or rollers sound like the best option to me.

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Old 04-17-2007, 09:10 PM   #14
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2 inch PVC water pipe works well for moving hot tubs. you might need one sheet of plywood between the pipes and hot tub bottom as most are hollow underneath and the wood side walls are weak and flimsy. PVC DWV/PW is cheap light weight and also a bit slippery so you can change direction of the object while it is on the pipe.
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Old 04-17-2007, 10:06 PM   #15
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What ever you do take pictures and share the story.
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Old 04-17-2007, 11:20 PM   #16
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how about a utility trailer, and just put some 4x4's under the hot tub for support. I've moved alot of stuff like this. Latest was a hot rod project that didn't have any axles. I was very careful not to damage it. Just take your time and lift each side enough to get another spacer under it until your high enogh to get the trailer under it.
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Old 04-18-2007, 12:19 AM   #17
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Ask your local Hot tub dealer, they will move it, est $200,Call around. The last wood skirted tub ( 8x8, 8 person) I saw moved was just paced its side on a harbor freight type furniture dolly and moved, Two guys....H
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Old 04-18-2007, 08:05 AM   #18
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I am faced with this isue alot and I think I use all the above.

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Old 04-18-2007, 12:22 PM   #19
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Use 2" galvanized water pipe. I moved my spa from the trailer to my deck with 3 pieces of pipe rolling it like the romans moved things. Once one comes out the back, you put it back under the front and keep going. Did it by myself and no body strains either.
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I moved my milling machine (1500#), drill press (450#), iron worker (2500#) and many more items by rolling them on pipe, fence posts and round shapes...caveman technology that works!
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Old 04-18-2007, 02:12 PM   #20
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I'm with the guy's that use pipe to move things around ... I've used the 3 pipe method to move alot of large things around ... like boilers, chiller's, air handlers, production machinery, and metal buildings while working construction ... you'd be suprised what one man can move ... it takes time and patience and a little thinking but you can do it
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