What do you do when the Public Authority decides to drive a new expressway right through your front door.
Pan shot of new highway clearing to house to be moved
G.V. another house to be moved.
L.M.S. Through door of removal van loading van...N.G.
...... do........do..... O.K.
G.V. Empty house with holes made in foundations for 12x12 timbers or steel bearers.
M.S. from celler of house out showing blocks
G.V. House with timbers in position ready for lifting.
C.U. Corner of house showing blocks
C.V. Complete house tilt down showing blocks
M.S. tilt down from back door of house to blocks at corner
M.S. With blocks in foreground start of move of house.
C.U. House over top of camera
L.S. House on the move
L.S. Another house on new location workmen building new foundation
C.U. Men working as above.
L.S. Completed house in new location
L.S. Street scene Bayside Long Island.
N.B. I realize this story lacks certain points such as the actual jacking up of the house etc, and relocating in new position this was impossible in the time available and would of course result in at least another roll of film, and another days filming.
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Background: What do you do when the Public Authority decides to drive a new expressway right through your front door. Wall, if you live in America you call in the furniture removers, empty the house and home, and then call in the HOUSE REMOVERS:
The House remover in America in an institution. He insured your house, Mats all the Necessary permits, digs on a new site for you, lays new foundations and then the fun starts.
First stage is to prepares the house for departure. He bares holes through foundations, and lays in long steel girders. B???th these steel girders wooden blocks are placed to hold then in position, "and then come the jacks - heavy hydraulic pumps that wilt lift anything up to 3,000 tons (the weight of an apartment house recently moved in Louisville, Kentucky. Then the house is placed on wheel, and a Iorry pulls it along the roads to its new location. There it is placed on piles again, and the new foundations are built up to it." When the cement has set, the new home is lowered dently the quarter inch or so.
Time taken in one week; average cost $3500. "The Houses we filmed are all in the $20,000 dollars range so moving them is an economic preposition.