Roberto pokachinni wrote:Now that, Travis, is a fantastic idea. Have you ever used this technique? I'd love to see more done with it. My grandparent's house and barn in Saskatchewan were both moved with short rounds of firewood (that were shuffled forward repeatedly by men) and a large team of workhorses pulling.
No, I never have. Honestly, I have never had really anything massive to tip into an upright position.
My interest in this began when I had a serious issue, with my bulldozer I was dry-dragging trees across the forest floor in logging operations, but when I hit a root, stump or rock, my bulldozer and its power and traction would snap 1/2 cables like strings. This was getting costly, so I needed a way to reduce friction, to get the trees off the ground. I found a book from the 1940's on how to log where they used parbuckles and gin poles to load farm trailers. YouTube videos led me to the video of the guy moving massive things by hand. In the end I bought a log loader to move wood by picking the log up off the ground, and having wheels under it so I could go with more logs, more often, and make more money. I never regretted the purchase, but I have logged for 30 years so investing in logging equipment is a little bit different for me.
I have moved a lot of buildings here, and in my farming book discuss just that in a chapter: how to avoid high costs of farming by taking a building that is free, or in the wrong spot and moving it. Cutting a check to someone else just is NOT going to make ends meet in farming as there is so little money in the venture; best to do as much as you can for yourself in my opinion.
Before I would pay $100 an hour for a crane, and get bonded, I would rent an excavator. A 34,000 pound class excavator can reach up some 30 feet into the air and easily lift a 25 foot log. The rental on one is $700 a day with a thumb, which would be required to let go of the pole once it was upright and seated in. If all the prep work was done, all the poles could be set in a day, but what fun is that? :-)
The probablem with rentals is, trying to get everything done while it is on site. I really prefer the idea of people thinking for themselves, devising ways of doing things, because inevitably they are going to use the techniques for other building projects down the road. I mean what if I had just paid a building mover to move my first building, would I have moved the other 5 buildings after that one? Probably not because at some point, a person is not going to have the means to cut a check to have something done. And this is the orginal posters home...how fun would it be to have pictures of the rising of the center column being done by hand instead of having it swing by a crane? Often times the hardest way to do something is the best way in the end.