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Old 08-19-2016, 09:57 PM  
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I have a deck that is 8'x8'x 4' high. It is freestanding and siting on 4 concrete blocks.
I need to replace the siding on my house, and the deck is blocking one row of siding.

I was thinking of pulling it with my truck a few inches away from the wall. Would pushing it back with my truck work?

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Pulling or pushing with the truck will most likely snap the legs, depending on how well it is braced. With photos from below I could take an educated guess.

I would jack it up and blot some runners on the bottom to ski it on myself. Bracing if needed. Or invite 6 or 7 guys over to get under it and lift it and walk it out.


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Please post a picture.
No way is the post just sitting on blocks legal or safe.
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Either attach skids to the legs or remove them if possible. Then use several sections of pipe as rollers. Put them under the deck and as you roll the deck forward move the pipes that were under the rear of the deck to the front. It worked for the guys that built the pyramids
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Please post a picture.
No way is the post just sitting on blocks legal or safe.

Actually it's both.
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http://i1279.photobucket.com/albums/...psl9ib9zkb.jpg
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This is the deck. 4 posts down to the ground. I need to redo the railing as they have nothing between the deck and railing - and that is not to code.

So, how would you move that to get at the siding and then replace the deck back to the place it is at now.
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Thanks for the photos. Mine is larger and built similar with many more poles and cross bracing. I consider mine safe and legal and I have a 6000 pound hot tub on it.

As to moving yours 25 years ago I would have crawled under it and lifted it with my back and walked it away from the house. Now I’m old with bad knees and back so I would talk a few young guys into doing that.
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Thanks for the photos. Mine is larger and built similar with many more poles and cross bracing. I consider mine safe and legal and I have a 6000 pound hot tub on it.

As to moving yours 25 years ago I would have crawled under it and lifted it with my back and walked it away from the house. Now Im old with bad knees and back so I would talk a few young guys into doing that.
Except for the railing, my deck is also safe and legal. No hot tub will be going on this one.

Would the deck be light enough to just lift it? Roughly how heavy would the deck be?
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Add some 2x4s around the bottom of the legs to stiffen them up 4 guys on the deck, one guy on the stairs and set it back a couple feet or just lift it up a foot and work under it and set it back down
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Add some 2x4s around the bottom of the legs to stiffen them up 4 guys on the deck, one guy on the stairs and set it back a couple feet or just lift it up a foot and work under it and set it back down
I like your idea. The stairs and railing will be coming off and replaced with proper to code stairs and railings.

Now to ask 3 of my friends....


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