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How to remove big rock on front lawn

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How to remove big rock on front lawn

I have a big rock on my front lawn. It's about 3 ft x 5 ft x 5 ft. I believe it's just there for landscaping because it's sitting above the ground.
Does any know how i can remove it? It's too big and heavy for me to move it myself. Do I need to call in a specialist to take it away?
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I would advertise it on Kijiji or CL. Make sure they know they have to remove it. Landscaping boulders are not cheap to buy, so you might get a taker.

That's assuming you want it gone, not just moved.

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People pay big bucks for those things. You should have no problem at all getting someone to come and take it away.
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I think you will have trouble getting someone to take it. Big rocks weigh many tons -- we had much smaller rocks delivered and installed for a water feature, and you can't simply put them on a pickup or trailer.
https://goo.gl/photos/iMuD5hpcNAwZrLCi7
Basically, the rocks are free, the expense is in the delivery.
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Ok, thanks for the ideas. I never thought about kijiji or craigslist.
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OttawaGardener wrote:
May 10th, 2017 4:55 pm
I think you will have trouble getting someone to take it. Big rocks weigh many tons -- we had much smaller rocks delivered and installed for a water feature, and you can't simply put them on a pickup or trailer.
https://goo.gl/photos/iMuD5hpcNAwZrLCi7
Basically, the rocks are free, the expense is in the delivery.
Totally agree ... it sounds like a great idea until someone tries to move it. Then you realize it weighs like a ton (probably a lot more than that) or should that be a boulder. A couple of guys using muscle power isn't going to move it far. Think of your lawn.

Good luck ... maybe you might find someone but plan on a Plan B ... like leave it there. Should have asked the previous owners to take it with them.

Let us know what happens in the end.
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That rock weighs over 5 ton, if you put an ad on kijiji mention that to discourage Cletus from ripping up your lawn with his pickup while he tries to make a quick buck reselling the boulder. There was on old logging road near our cottage and many DIY tried to winch boulders onto there pickups-very entertaining. A guy with proper trailer/ramps/rollers can take that rock away easily-or some yahoos can tear up your lawn and maybe turn it over Smiling Face With Open Mouth
DIY: dig a hole bigger than the rock, lever it to push it in. My 75 year old dad did that at cottage after 40 years of cutting lawn around a boulder.
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katie9853864 wrote:
May 10th, 2017 6:16 pm
Ok, thanks for the ideas. I never thought about kijiji or craigslist.
I'm surprised this hasn't been brought up by the follow the rules folks here. I would be careful. What if they injure themselves on your property trying to remove it? Make sure anybody that comes and takes it is fully licensed or insured to do so. That's why you should never let anybody into your home to buy stuff. Unless you or they have insurance for this.
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Dig a hole right beside , bury the rock .

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Worst case...Sledgehammer and some pegs (spaced apart) and break it into smaller rocks... If you can't find someone to come pick it up.
Note, your yard is going to be dug up to get a good grip on hoisting the rock/boulder.
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Thanks everyone for the replies!
We'll probably leave it there since it sounds like it would take a massive amount of work to move just the one rock.
It wasn't a problem last year when we moved but now the weeds are starting to grow and it's a pain to mow around it Disappointed Face
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CNeufeld wrote:
May 10th, 2017 4:37 pm
I would advertise it on Kijiji or CL. Make sure they know they have to remove it. Landscaping boulders are not cheap to buy, so you might get a taker.

That's assuming you want it gone, not just moved.

C
Contact a company that sells these boulder? If they sell them, I am sure they can move them properly.

I wouldn't post it on kijiji....no DIYer would have the proper equipment to move a 10,000lbs rock.
Probably make a mess on your lawn and fail to move the rock in the end.
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pinkdonut wrote:
May 11th, 2017 4:15 pm
Contact a company that sells these boulder? If they sell them, I am sure they can move them properly.

I wouldn't post it on kijiji....no DIYer would have the proper equipment to move a 10,000lbs rock.
Probably make a mess on your lawn and fail to move the rock in the end.
If I sell a piano to someone on Kijiji, I'm not letting Billy Bob and his buddy move it out of my house by themselves and into a pickup. I'd make sure they have a proper mover lined up who would be insured against damaging my property or themselves (since you'd be liable for injuries that occurred on your property, most likely). Same thing here. They'd have to line up proper movers, which would involve THEM calling around and arranging it. But they'd get the rock for free, at least.

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It would be entertaining to watch/post someone trying to do it.


Zamboni ... that's a very interesting idea of burying it. A surprise for the next homeowner to discover. Hee Hee Hee.

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