Moving a Big Max shed

by Gail
(Westminster, MA)

Could anyone tell me if it is possible to transport an assembled (empty) Big Max Rubbermaid 7x7 shed from one property to another without taking it apart? I will be moving and do not want to part with the shed. Thanks in advance.

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Jul 01, 2010
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Three 2x4's 12ft long
by: Anonymous

Yes, we just moved the shed about 40 feet around a big tree.

Take three 2x4 12ft long and lift one end of shed and slide under one 2x4 at each end and one in the middel. Take 6 average size adults and lift.

I would recommend 8 adults and four 2x4's if moving longer distance.

May 01, 2010
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moving my rubbermaid shed
by: Doug

I have just started to move my rubbermaid shed. The new foundation is ready,(patio slabs).
My problem is I don't have the man power available where I am. I am trying to figure out how little I have to take apart to move it myself. Looks like I might have to go right down to square one. Hope I can find assembly instructions here somewhere.
Good luck Gail.

Nov 25, 2009
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If it breaks...
by: Anonymous

We tried it (actually some not-terribly-bright mover types) and it broke all apart. But the shed is so tough that very little was damaged. I really had no problem re-assembling it at the new location. I did add a few extra stainless steel bolts and anchored the whole shed with over-the-top cables because we live in hurricane country. I know it won't withstand "the big one", but it will do fine in a high wind.

Don't worry if it does fall apart. Re-assembly is very doable.

Aug 30, 2009
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move like the Egyptians!
by: Anonymous

We just moved one across a large yard rolling over 2" PVC pipes. I would suggest using the same premise by setting 2X4's as your incline to the trailer (spaced every 2')and using a rope/pulley at the front of the trailer. Or roll the shed onto 2x4's & have the 6 large men pick up the ends of the wood to carry.

Jun 01, 2009
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Planning is everything
by: GreenBoy

On top of all of Johns comments I would add that having the foundations set ready to receive the shed is a must - also plan what you will need to lift the shed - having to stop halfway through to get some more rope etc. is more likely to cause problems from putting down and picking up repeatedly. Also ensure there is nothing in the way to climb over!

My fathers friend had a home workshop - approx 16' x 20' long and by installing a series of scaffold poles through the shed so a dozen guys were able to lift the workshop complete, move it 50' to its new position and put it down on the new base - without even cracking the glass in the windows.

The best thing it was all on video (gone now alas) and not one person swore or cussed!


May 27, 2009
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Be very Careful!
by: John - Admin

Hi Gail,
Good question. I guess that you are unwilling to disassemble the shed as you may crack some of the panels or the fixings. Or perhaps some caulk was used on the panel joints during construction to ensure weather-tightness in service. I would guess the all up weight of the shed must be in the region of 350 pounds, so it could feasibly be lifted by 6 people (figuring 55 lbs/person) on to a flat bed trailer.

The main problem would be the risk of cracking the panels due to 'racking' in an uneven lift. When wooden sheds are moved they are braced internally at load points and openings, have a look for shed moving videos on YouTube they are quite robust.

I believe that Big Max sheds are no longer made. You could look at the sentinel shed 8'x7.5' by Lifetime Products as a similar sized alternative.

I hope that this helps. If you do try to move this shed would you let us know how you get on?

All the best

John

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