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    Moving Large Blocks of Stone

    Need some oldtimer advice... I need a cheap straightforward way to move a large irregular shaped rock that probably weighs at least a ton or two. No motorized equipment can be used. The site and nature of the operation preclude using that kind of stuff.

    I'm speculating it was more or less on the vertical and either fell or was forced over a cleft like opening. Hoping that it is wedged in such a way that I can leverage/use a hydraulic jack to force it out of the way. Any other options come to mind?

    Thanks.

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    Re: Moving Large Blocks of Stone

    Come alongs & a rock sling like the dredgers use.
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    Re: Moving Large Blocks of Stone

    try this guy

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    Re: Moving Large Blocks of Stone

    You could use a spud bar, or a huge crow bar, or a big A frame like you would pick up a big tree with in the woods to load on a trailer. The A frames I have used were made with 4 x4s, but you could use whatever you can get in the woods. That might be a lot to get in the woods with. If not just use a spud bar. Just get a good purchase on it, and a good fulcrum point and lever it out. Inch by inch. It would help if you had a helper to throw a rock in, and keep working it over till its out, or 2 guys with spud bars. If you get it up high enough, bring a bottle jack, and jack it up. Bring a bunch of chunks of 2 x4s and 4 x 4s to wedge in and under when you lever it up, and to use as a new fulcrum point.

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    Re: Moving Large Blocks of Stone

    Too much work. Used to use a couple comealongs & some cable to slide the halves of double wide trailers together with two people, one to crank & one to spot. When we wanted to look real professional, we'd bring a couple lengths of mine rail to slide the half on. Two comealongs a good length of cable & a rock sling will fit in a pack. You can haul it most anywhere with little effort & only one trip .
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    Re: Moving Large Blocks of Stone

    I think a little TNT would do it.

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    Re: Moving Large Blocks of Stone

    Quote Originally Posted by Produce Guy
    I think a little TNT would do it.

    C4 will fix most any pesky problem.
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    Re: Moving Large Blocks of Stone

    Haven't seen a block of C4 in over thirty years. Besides, I think it would make too much noise. We'll be using a power jack and heavy come alongs. Should work fine.

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    Re: Moving Large Blocks of Stone

    Quote Originally Posted by starsplitter
    Haven't seen a block of C4 in over thirty years. Besides, I think it would make too much noise. We'll be using a power jack and heavy come alongs. Should work fine.
    Thanks loads pal! Now you really made me feel old
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    Re: Moving Large Blocks of Stone

    Wedge it sound so it does not move, then dig under the rock and make a deep trail for it to roll and then remove the wedge and then wedge the back and pry forward. Do that make sense?
    get a mule is my second thought and hook up a harness and pull & repeat.
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    Re: Moving Large Blocks of Stone

    They make a special dolly that landscapers use to move large stones.I have seen them on many job sites.I dont know what they call them but they are heavy duty.

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    Re: Moving Large Blocks of Stone

    Get your hands on a micro blaster. Theyre not cheap but they are worth it. No explosives license needed. If you cant move it, blow it into pieces you can move.

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    Re: Moving Large Blocks of Stone

    Use pipe! get it partially on the pipe, then it can slide on it similar to the rails mentioned above, but lighter. Also you can drill holes in it then put in the expansive stuff they use for fracking oil out of shale..its not very expensive and can crack really big rocks. A couple of holes in the right place drilled horizontally or vertically and fracked would cut it in half. That will make the jacks and comalongs easier work to finish moving the pieces.
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    I know this thread is older than dirt but I figured I'd add this technique for the less than oldsters & newbies.

    Take a 55 gal plastic drum cut it in half lengthwise leaving the whole bottom intact and cutting the top off. You end up with a sled looking thing. Drill or cut a couple holes to pass a chain or strap through. Roll the object on or dig under. The sled glides real good and if there's water under it it slides like glass. We also moved a 10' tree around the house using this and a 5hp rototiller for power.

    We tried putting one under each of a jeep wagoneers wheels, and I could pull it down the driveway singlehanded! Please note! I'm not a heman just an older than dirt busted up old fart with an attitude.

    Hopes this gives you guys an idea or two.
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    I know it's here, just need a bigger coil!

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    "Hold my beer and watch this!"

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