and the secret is…

Soap!

Did you ever wonder how they slide a house across a block of land? I did. I had visions of them using rollers or airbags or something fairly sophisticated, but no – it came down to a few well placed pieces of steel, some bottle type car jacks, square pieces of timber that looked like large Jenga blocks, a bobcat and a bar of soap.

House starts to be raised, Lower section of stairs are now detached from main part of house

House starts to be raised, Lower section of stairs are now detached from main part of house

It’s been an interesting day watching the team carefully move the house across the block. Once they had detached the back stairs from the house they jacked it up gradually, a few inches at a time, inserting the Jenga blocks as they went. Once elevated to a sufficient height they rubbed a bar of soap across the top of the steel beam and on the underside of some timber blocks that the house was sitting on. Then, using the bobcat, they gently (well, as gently as you can with a bobcat) pushed the house across the block, close to its new position.

The bobcat is obviously an essential tool for a house raiser. Here it is used to push the house across the soaped rails.

The bobcat is obviously an essential tool for a house raiser. Here it is used to push the house across the soaped rails.

Inch by inch, the house has been slid across the yard. Next, it will be pushed forward on the lot to its final resting spot. That should happen tomorrow.

The house is now set up for its forward move to the final location.

The house is now set up for its forward move to the final location.

As can be seen in this photo, no storm today! Thankfully, the worst of the storms have passed us by this week which has kept the work site relatively dry.

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