Moving the container was a daunting task. The tare weight of a 40 ft high cube is approximately 6,400 lbs. I considered renting a crane but the cost was nearly $1,200 for the day. Renting a forklift to move it was about $700 for the day. Needless to say we were looking for cheaper options. Jonathan had already given this some thought and we decided to do it the old fashioned way. We would use the 12-ton bottle jack to raise the container one side at a time to fit pipe underneath. The picture on the left is a simple breakdown of our plan for moving the container. Given the lack of manpower, we planned to use a truck instead.
Jonathan and I started the day out clearing everything from around the container. The north side of the container sat much lower than the south so we jacked it up and put it up on temporary wood blocks. With the blocks in place we were able to slide in the first section of pipe. We used 12-foot sections of 6" diameter steel pipe that we already had available.
We had to dig a hole for the jack on the other side and jack it up about 2 inches to allow us to slide all three remaining pipes under the container. The pipes are strategically placed such that we wouldn't actually have to move any of them while we move the container 15 ft to the East.
Here's a rough video showing the setup - sorry, no editing and you can't really hear what we're saying but it's basically just a container walk around.
We filled in the jack hole that would be under the container once it was moved. After filling it in we realized we forgot to jack it up and remove the wood blocks. So... we used Jonathan's truck (Tacoma) to pull the blocks out. Fortunately, most of the container weight was resting on the pipes so this wasn't very difficult. I really didn't want to have to re-dig that hole.
I know it is laughable, but we did attempt to pull the container with Jonathan's truck. It didn't budge. So I called Wayne who so graciously came over with his F350 to help us out. His truck had no problem moving the container!
As the container approached it's final resting spot, we ran into a little bit of a problem. Check out the video below to see just how close Wayne's truck is to the fence once the container was moved. He ended up doing a nearly 30 point turn to get his truck out of there. Jonathan and I would have gladly removed part of the fence for him to get out. Luckily, we didn't have to.
After it was moved into place, we needed to move it about 6 inches to the side. We connected a chain to the corner of the container and wrapped it around the tree and into the driveway with perfect placement all around and Wayne pulled it into position.
Finally, with the container moved into place, we can really get to work!
My name is Ashley. I want to minimize my footprint and live a more sustainable lifestyle. I'm an engineer with a love for simplistic industrial design and fabrication.