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House on the move - lots of images
Lens: Sigma 18-200/f3.5-5.6 DC II HSM Camera: K-01 Photo Location: Mosquito Creek Australia 
Posted By: PJ1, 04-21-2014, 04:05 AM

Short version of a long story. Neighbours bought an old unused house that was on our property. It was convenient - it only had to be moved about 10 kilometres down the road and 3 kilometres through the bush to its new location. House removal requires a few permits, pilots, escorts, etc (Racer knows! ). But this is Mosquito Creek. We have two vehicles on the road on a busy day. So we skip the formalities, load the house, my neighbour in front as pilot, me behind to hold up any traffic, and we are on our way. We didn't see a soul. A good move!

The old house - very solid, but we already have our home and a guest house, plus about 10 sheds, etc to maintain. This was never going to get on to the maintenance roster. So it was good to pass it on to new owners. (This pic was with a Samsung P&S. All the others are the K-01)

Starting the lift.

Ready to drop onto the truck.

I removed a couple of posts and we took it out through the fence ...

... and onto the road.

The first stock grid. The clearances were all worked out in advance. No worries!

There's a house in that dust!

A few small creek crossings and stock grids later we reached the last grid. This was tight and we caught the top wire. But nothing to worry about.

Now the tricky bit. On the last leg on our neighbour's property. This was a deep (but dry) creek crossing with a few trees to negotiate and a steep exit.

Too steep for the truck on the exit. We were ready for that. A tractor with a snigging chain gave the extra pull it needed.

Nearly there. Heading across the paddock to its new location.

The house ready to be dropped onto new stumps. It will be renovated and integrated with the structure on the right.

And that's how we move a house at Mosquito Creek!

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04-21-2014, 04:57 AM   #2
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Wow very cool glad it all worked out.
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You don't see that often, I have maybe seen a house moved twice in 60 years, nice coverage
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Thanks for the comments. It was an interesting trip down the road.

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I do like the OVERSIZE sign, just as well, I wouldn't have known otherwise
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Wow. An interesting experience, to be sure. Thanks for sharing.
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Now that is something different, thanks for sharing.

How do you know the house is balanced on the truck?
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Thanks for looking. The "OVERSIZE" sign is required by law (our one concession to bureaucracy). How do we know it is balanced? It was empty (of course) and not much more than a simple four room layout inside divided down the centre line. There was a little "add on" stove recess on the left side which adds very little weight. So if you lower the house onto the trailer with its centre line on the centre of the trailer, you will have a comfortable margin for centre of gravity on the truck. If it wasn't a simple square house it would get a bit more challenging.Some quite large older houses get moved (not where I live but in this part of the world) so there are people with good skills in house-moving. Building in timber makes it feasible. The big old houses have a bit of appeal about them and some people go looking for a "removal house" for their project.


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