The moving home of baseball legend Hank Aaron


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In 2008, we followed this up when a crew transported baseball legend Henry “Hank” Aaron to his childhood home six miles from his original location, in Tulmenville, Alabama, to the finished stadium of the Minor League Mobile Bay Bears baseball team. Home is a difficult task that requires a lot of hard work and care. After all, this crew was holding a piece of American history, the childhood home of Hamrin Hank Aaron. First, the crew had to remove all of the brick veneer from the sides of the house, which revealed a layer of asbestos underneath. Since exposure to asbestos poses a potential health hazard, asbestos professionals wear protective clothing and respirators, carefully removing the covering. Then, they properly tossed it in plastic bags, and after that, the roofs and rafters were removed so that the house would be placed under any utility wires that could be encountered along the way, and once an extra brace was added to hold the structure down, the entire building was covered with drapery to keep it dry working. Cautiously when everything was ready, the steel beams were welded together and inserted under the foundation of Hank Aaron’s home. Hydraulic jacks were used to lift the house, with support provided by wood, and after the house was high enough off the ground, Dolly wheels were fixed to the steel beams on the 30-tonne frame. A tractor trailer truck was attached to the front and used to haul the house to its new location, negotiating the sharp turns was a slow process as the house had to be lifted again so the tires could be put back in, and the journey across town took six hours, but it was well worth the effort. Quick Facts • Hank Aaron was born in 1934 in Mobile, Alabama and spent most of his childhood in Tulmenville, Alabama. • Known as “Hamrin Hank”, he played 21 baseball seasons for the Milwaukee / Atlanta Braves National League team. He ended his baseball career with two seasons with the Milwaukee Brewers in the Major League Soccer. He held the Major League Baseball record in his career for 33 years. Watch this video to watch the full episode of Home Owner Today.


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