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JACK & HOLD  *  MOVE OVER ROAD  *  ROLLING ON LOT * OR LEVELING IN PLACE 

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Whatever your project calls for, there are variables to consider :

JACK & HOLD BUILDING
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Items to consider when jacking a building straight up:
  •      final grade elevation of building
    • for positive drainage way from building -  building should be above grade
  •     is the building at a satisfactory angle to the landscape
    •     distance from bodies of water (if applicable) and does it meet local regulations*
  •      what kind of "foundation" will be under the building once it is let down
    • post & pads
    • sonotubes (below frost)
    • frost wall
    • full foundation
    • slab (with or without walls)

JACK & MOVE OVER THE ROAD
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JACK & ROLL ON LOT
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Over the road considerations:
  •     Overall height of the building (from bottom of sill to peak)
  •    Overall width of building
    • the traveling path of the building (widest point of the building x height) must be as wide as the load itself
  •     Overhead lines, bridges or overpasses to consider
  •     Obstacles  in the path: poles, ledge, big rocks, other buildings
  •     Trees need limbing or cutting (think of the traveling path of load)
  •     Is it more ecomonical to have power lines lowered or cut and move roof as its own unit.  Usually distance and number of power lines  dictates this answer
Generally speaking, in Maine the last line on any given pole is hung at 18'.   Our rigging will add 3' to the overall height of the building; if the structure is 14' or less, the loaded height will be 17'6" (with springboard) and should travel nicely under most wires.
 
 
 
  
Rolling structures on site holds its own considerations:
  • Site will have to have enough room to roll
    • (width or length of building x 2)
  •     Rolling path in relationship to water and septic system
  •    Obstacles in or around the rolling path (trees, shrubs, plants)
  •    What will the building set on in new location
  •    All power to the building will have to be disconnected prior to move
  •    Are you turning or rotating the building
     

 

Deciding to level a building opens the door to the following considerations:

  •     to what point will you level too
    • level as best as practical with potential inside repair work to do
    • or level till damage starts to surface in living area and leave it at that
    • are there any bench marks we can use
      • fireplace base
      • chimney base
      • partial foundation or area that has not moved
  •     are there unseen factors to consider
    • work done to building while it was out of level
      • window/door installed to look level but is not truly plumb
      • once the building is level - the window/door may not work
    • if little work was done (shimming, trimming or planing)  items not currently working may be working when we are finished
  •     after leveling the building what will it set on
    • will we shim of what is existing
    • set new pads/sonotubes or other "foundation" type

Members of:
New England Association of Structural Movers    NEASM

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phone 207-582-1266  *   fax  207-582-5035     
6 Amity Lane  Pittston, Maine   04345