Moving a Garden Shed the Redneck Way

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Moving a garden shed can be a bit tricky but it’s possible. You might need a few tools and some creativity, however, you can save yourself a lot of money by doing it yourself.

This blog post is very old. I tried to update it the best I can and chose to leave it here on the blog because I think it might still have value. Maybe it will give you an idea of a way to move a garden shed (or in this case, a truck box), or maybe it’ll just be good entertainment…

I am still using this truck box as a garden shed. You’ll see at the end of this post that we originally dropped it by the house we used to have in town. Since then, we moved to the country and moved the “shed” yet again, this time to the farm (and then got divorced! But not because of the shed…). I own the land now and the truck box is serving me as a place to store garden equipment out of the elements.

So here is the story of moving this garden shed… I left it pretty much how I wrote it in 2014, just moved things around so it’s easier to read. maybe it’ll inspire you!

How to Move a Garden Shed…

My ex-husband found this truck box for free. Free is as cheap as a storage shed can get, so we had to have it. We will use it like a garden shed, for outdoor storage of tools and such. It was once sitting on a truck, but now stuck in the corner of the yard of an abandoned house.

After we had got the OK to pick it up from the new owner of the house, we pulled into the neighborhood with our heavy-duty trailer. After a bit of maneuvering, we backed the trailer up to the box.

Next, we used a high lift to raise one side of the box… We used the floor jack to hold the side of the box up. If you ever attempt this, I recommend placing a thick and wide piece of wood under the jack (so it doesn’t sink into the ground).

We released the high lift and went to do the same thing on the other side. It was much more difficult because there was no room to pump the high lift since the box was so close to the fence, so my ex-husband ended up placing the high lift on a diagonal. He placed another floor jack under the side that was close to the fence and released the high lift.

We had to get rid of the black bumper. If this thing was on a truck it will be the back of it, where the door rolls up. It wasn’t attached very good, and we needed better access to the frame of the box, so it had to go. It wasn’t that hard, just a few screws.

So here we are with the floor jacks on either side and no bumper. My ex-husband had to mess with it a bit to raise the box a little higher by using the high lift to lift each side and extend the floor jacks. We needed the front of the box to be just a little higher than the trailer.

Did you ever hear about trailer ski? Probably not… We placed a big piece of plywood under the ramps (is that how you call those things?) of the trailer… And slowly drove backward…

Until the trailer was under the front of the box. Then, we put a piece of wood under each of the front legs of the box, connected a chain to the frame of the box, and a come-along puller to the chain. We tied a heavy-duty strap to the neck of the trailer and connected it to the other end of the come-along…

And started pulling. Did you ever hear of storage box ski? Probably not.

After pulling a few times, we noticed the back legs (the ones still on the ground) were starting to sink to the ground. They needed skis too. Duh… We lifted each side (with the precious high lift) so that we could slide wood under the legs.

We kept pulling until most of the box was on the trailer. To get the back on the trailer, we lifted the box with the high lift so it is leveled with the front. Then, we pushed a wheel and a piece of wood under the box in front of each leg to hold it up so we can release the high lift. A few more pumps of the come-along and the box was on the trailer.

This whole thing took a few good hours, add the heat and the stress and we were ready to call it a day. We drove back home and parked the thing in the driveway for a couple of days.

Originally, we planned on unloading the box at our land, which we are working on turning into a vegetable farm, but then we decided to store the farm equipment close to home since we use it around the yard as well.

We backed up to the side of the house and then parked our recreational Jeep on the hill in front of the box. We connected the cable winch to the chain that was still connected to the box and started pulling the box forward.

Here is what happened next… The front legs slide off the trailer, but in the process, one of the wheels got stuck under the box in a way that we could not pull it out. It caused the box to lean towards the house. I was sitting in the Jeep, with my shaky foot on the break paddle, my blood pressure at an all-time high, my nervous system about to crash, and my hands covering my eyes (therefore the lack of photos here, sorry). I was positive the thing is going to crush my house.

My ex-husband stopped the winch from pulling, took a quick look around the box, then came back announcing that there was nothing to do but keep pulling. The man was cool as a San-Francisco Summer.

So he pressed the button, and the cable started rolling again. I heard several scary noises, but when I opened my eyes, the box was on the ground by the house. No damage to the house or the box, but we did break one of the rare lights of the trailer.

We will have to do this again at some point, when we decide it’s time to move the box to the farm or when we want to sell the house. Will we spend the $300 it cost for a professional to move it? Maybe… But more than likely we won’t. I mean… What’s the fun in that??

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22 thoughts on “Moving a Garden Shed the Redneck Way”

  1. High Lift…..hmmmmm Red Neck Albertan here, y’all sure have funny names fer stuff down thar. We’all call it a ‘JackAll’ up here, cause y’all can and hell yes they werk rail guud, my udder brudder Daryl saas

  2. Congratulations, you literally wrote one of the best posts I’ve seen in forever. If your blog isn’t already taking off, it definitely will if you keep sharing posts like this one.

  3. Sheri Cline - WA. State Zone 8b

    Great story! Put that thing on wheels when the opportunity arises. You will not be sorry. Glad it work out and no one was hurt.

  4. What a great storage shed idea in the first place. Where are you located? The town zoning official had no issues with the truck box being located on your residential property? That’s amazing too.

    1. You know what? I never thought about town zoning… We are off a gravel road inside the woods in a neighborhood without HOA, no one can see it from the street. I think that as long as the neighbors don’t complain, we are probably fine.

  5. I sure will. I have a forum web site that keeps me busy. It does have a place for gardening and also general information. Most of our members are seniors like myself but there is always room for the younger generation like yourself.

    1. Garden tools mostly. Tiller, lawn mower… stuff like that. We accumulate a lot of garden stuff and we ran out of space in the shed. Thanks for visiting!

  6. Jessica | The 104 Homestead

    Tee hee hee! I’ve done things in a similar fashion myself. Glad everyone (and the surrounding property) came out of it unscathed. Thank you for sharing on Green Thumb Thursday. If you haven’t had the chance to share yet today, there is still time. Posts can be submitted until Wednesday evening.

  7. We have moved several buildings several times around here Lee. Not 2000 lbs but I’m sure Greg will attempt something of that size some day. Not having a trailer we used the cave man moving method of laying 8 ft round wooden fence posts in a line in front of the building putting a ramp up onto the closest posts and pulling it with the tractor. Instant wheels but the kids and I had to keep grabbing the posts from behind and relaying them in the front of the building over and over. LOL. What a mess but it works. Very SLOWLY!!!!

    We enjoyed seeing you and David and the kids this past weekend, pray for a pretty day on Sunday so we can all go out on the boat!

    Debby and family

    1. Yes, I watched few videos of it done the way you describe on YouTube. It is probably better to do it this way is you have to move it around the farm and not to a totally different location. I am really happy your girls get to enjoy some of the treasures we found inside.

  8. OMG, I am laughing so hard after reading this. Why, been there done that. No our shed was an actual shed, but when we moved we told the folks that bought our trailer that the 10 x 12 ceder shed was coming with us. My hubby and brother in law had to jack it up then monkeyit around while on the trailer first to get it out then to place it where we wanted it.

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