How Do You Move Something That Is Really, Really Big

By: brookepens

Have you ever wondered how something really, really big, got to where it is? You know it likely wasn’t built there, is that spot, but how did it get there? On several occasions, I have seen an entire house loaded onto a truck, moving down the road. I was so amazed, that rather than wonder how I would ever get around it, I asked myself, “how did they do that?” Well, there are many companies that specialize in exactly that business; moving really big and heavy things.

They have multiple types of equipment at their disposal, depending on what they need to move. Some of the equipment has been around for years, while some of it is quite new and innovative. The type of equipment used depends on the load to be moved, the ground on which it is to be moved, and the best location to latch on to the item.

Hydraulic jacks are used for a wide variety of purposes other than jacking up trucks. Hydraulic jacks can be used to support the foundation of a house so it can be leveled (if it has developed a list over time). Akin to the hydraulic jack, is the toe jack. Toe jacks are used in applications where space below the load is restricted, thus preventing the use of traditional lifting equipment.

Sometimes, it is necessary to move a load on wheels. In this case, you might need air skates. A hydraulic jack is used to lift the load onto the air skates, which can then move over the ground. Air skates load moving systems are far more flexible than the traditional methods of forklift truck and overhead crane. Hoist rings are what are used if the load needs to be lifted from above, by crane.

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