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Old grain bin/elevator to house conversion.
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Taylor Lambert    Posted 05-09-2004 at 21:08:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have a firend that gave me a nice sized grain bin/elevator off his farm he bought. I has a 50 foot diameter and is about 50 fettetal at the top cone its galavanized. I told him id take it and make a 2 story apartment out of it but he said it was impossible to do with out some sort of special grounding. Something about th metal shell and the channel iron beams id want to use. Ive seen nice conversions made but they used wodden beams and i cant weld wood lol. The ones i saw made a super nic apartment and was cheap i think they had 6500 dallars in the conversion and did the work themselves. I have a bit of free time aa boom truck 2 portable welders and lots of hardware lol. Im just not slick on my wiring.

screaminghollow    Posted 05-10-2004 at 08:33:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
Never heard of using a metal grain bin fer a house, can't imagine why it wouldn't work. When I was in Highschool, we had a neighbor family that converted a 30 foot diameter concrete farm silo into a house. It had like 5 stories. Kitchen and dining on first floor, living room on second, bedrooms above. Cool widow's walk type thing on the top. Could see all over the place. Running up all them steps was a chore though.

Carol    Posted 06-02-2004 at 14:30:43       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Looking for anything on the subject of old style farm silo used as home construction, photos, stories...

Burrhead    Posted 05-09-2004 at 21:32:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
I've seen 2 apartment sized homes made out of them with no problems from using channel iron floor joist. They made danged nice low priced homes.

I can't think of what he was talking about. Maybe lightnin rods??

I use 10' copper ground rods on everything including wood frame buildings to be sure theground stays in moist soil and gets good contact. I don't see why that would'nt ground it alright.

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