How we (finally) moved our shed

How we (finally) moved our shed {Heather's Handmade Life}

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 an already-narrow yard feel even narrower, and we talked for years about moving it … somehow … to the back of the property instead.

How we (finally) moved our shed {Heather's Handmade Life}

Well, YouTube to the rescue! We stumbled upon a video (I think it was this one) that showed a guy moving a huge shed “by hand” 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).

How we (finally) moved our shed {Heather's Handmade Life}

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!

Continue reading in my weekly DIY column, My Handmade Home … 

How we (finally) moved our shed {Heather's Handmade Life}

Continue reading in my weekly DIY column, My Handmade Home … 

How we (finally) moved our shed {Heather's Handmade Life}

And here’s how it looks now!

How we (finally) moved our shed {Heather's Handmade Life}

How did it get there EVENTUALLY? Continue reading in my weekly DIY column, My Handmade Home … 
How we (finally) moved our shed {Heather's Handmade Life}
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