Monday, May 16, 2011

First Leg

The conex was moved today into the shop where everything will be finished. The windows will be roughed in, but not installed until the container is on the piers. Aside from that, it will be ready to go the moment it's in the final spot.

The guys who moved it were amazingly skilled, and made it look damn near easy. Not that I'd ever volunteer to move one, of course..

Not much more to say, but lots of pictures and video of the final touchdown.

The container was put up on temporary blocks to better allow the truck to get under it.

First, they winch the leading end of the container up, then move the blocks around so they can drop the tail end of the trailer underneath.

Then a roller is placed under the container, the tail end is angled up, and the container begins to be winched into place. They alternate between rolling the container forward and lifting the tail end of the truck to reposition the roller.

Liftoff! It only took about 15 minutes to get the container completely on the truck.

Now the hard part.

It fits!

Getting it off of the trailer is the same as getting it on, just in reverse. Simple...except these guys were doing it with 5'of clearance in the back, and about 3' on one side. And they did it beautifully! It was VERY noisy and nerve-racking though. The shop cat was quite upset about all of the fuss.

Somewhat anticlimactic video:

Fortunately, there was nothing interesting underneath the container in it's old resting spot.

Nothing living, at least...

1 comment:

  1. stumbled upon your blog yesterday and will be enjoying the story to come. My Girl Friend of 3 years and I are in a similar situation. We are considering container home construction for when we move to the washington area.