the moving process
Currently we have a crew down in Tucson, AZ working on a new move. So far we have moved the first out of a total of seven houses. This first one is the oldest of the seven, being built in 1920. The house is made of two rows of red brick and stucco on the outside with a fire place and cooking chimney on the inside. The building weighs 114 tons (228,000 lbs.) and took approximately three weeks to move. The beginning of this process is to prepare the house for the installation of beams. We cut holes through the concrete stem and created trenching underneath to allow room for the beams. Then angle irons are installed around the house to support the bricks. Once the house has been properly prepared for moving we start the rigging process. Each beam must be shimmed and prestressed to support the weight of the house. Prick timbers (large beams) are installed on the outside and bolted to crossbeams to create a frame for to fit the building. The building is then jacked up using a unified hydraulic jacking system so that we can install a rolling track and rollers. Using two 12,000 lb winches the house was rolled 76 ft. The house will be stored at the back of the lot while a new foundation is put in, and then will be moved back to the new foundation.
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