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How To Move A Big Cement Slab
I got a call recently from regular contributor Roger Gutschmidt in Gackle, N. Dak. Its always fun to hear from him because hes usually up to something interesting.
  This time he told me he was planning to move a 5-in. thick concrete slab that measures 25 by 6 ft. in size that served as an apron outside one of his farm buildings that he planned to enlarge. The plan was to tow it to a new location with one of his tractors.
  Rather than having to break it up and haul it away, I figured I didnt have anything to lose by trying to move it to a new location alongside another shed, Roger told me.
  A couple weeks later I heard back from Roger with a detailed report.
  I made a hole in the slab by drilling several 3/8-in. dia. holes in a circle and then knocking out the center with an air chisel. In order to slip a heavy log chain through the hole, I tunneled under the slab with a long air nozzle to blast out dirt.
  I hooked up to my 7530 Deere MFWD 150 hp tractor and pulled the slab away from the wall. It was going pretty good until I headed uphill over some uneven ground and the slab broke into two big pieces. I pulled them one at a time to the new location and set them in place. I filled the big crack between them with concrete. It works great to hold chemical totes and other stuff.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Roger Gutschmidt, Gutschmidt Mfg., LLC, 6651 Hwy. 56, Gackle, N. Dak. 58442 (ph 701 698-2310; shopdoc@drtel.net).

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2014 - Volume #38, Issue #5