Today was a big day. When they delivered the container it was placed in the area we wanted it.... not the spot we wanted. The container is empty right now, but soon the water tanks will be placed on top and about 6000lbs of green coffee beans will be stored inside. This creates a bit of a time crunch since I don't want to move the container with any more weight than necessary, so today was the day.
I only needed to move it about a foot. I also need to raise it up so we can pour concrete pads for it to rest on. Having only a bottle jack and found materials I began. I drove down the road where a tree fell a couple months ago and picked out the roundest branches I could find. I used a long branch to catch the top lip on the container and the jack on the bottom to raise it a few inches at a time. Having some sturdy plywood or cribbing would have been great, but I managed. It is truly remarkable how deep a bottle jack or piece of wood can sink into the ground here. The ground also recovers very well so it doesn't really pack down. Think sponge.
After many small operations I was able to get all four corners off the ground and logs to act as skids and rollers underneath. When I went to the shop to get the chain and come along my neighrbor inquired as to what I was working on. I think his feelings were a little hurt that I didn't invite him and he then asked if he could help. Hector, Andi and I went back to the container and placed our truck in a good location to be an achor. Hector thought this might be a bad idea, but I explained that I have done this numerous times.....usually a fire engine though. Using the come along, a pole and humans pushing we managed to slide it into place. The container weighs just over 5000lbs, so not a great feat but still challenging given the tools available. Although my lifting pole cracked, slipped out 4 times and eventualy broke it gave all it had and we got it done. Now we dig holes, pour concrete, weld supports to the top, put the water tanks up and fill the inside with coffee.
Small addition from Andi: I actually helped push too when I realized the boys could not do it by themselves. :)