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Pole building
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johann    Posted 10-19-2004 at 09:40:47       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have access to some used electric poles. Can these
be used to set up a pole barn and if so, how? Are there
any plans available; where? Thanks.


deadcarp    Posted 10-19-2004 at 18:14:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
sure used poles are good - our power company sells them to landowners for 8 bucks and they're over 30 feet long so you get 2 posts. and they're good for another 30 years. never beat that at the lumberyard. if you're careful and spin the pole so the outside is a straight line, even warp is negligible. course if you want flat walls on the inside too, you'd need square posts. :)


toolman    Posted 10-19-2004 at 12:40:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
i built a 20x40 x16 ft. pole barn here a number of years ago, it has served us well, i wouldn,t go 16 ft. high again though, i just set the poles down 5 ft. 10 ft, apart, trimmed the tops level, put 2x8 on top of the poles then trusses, and tin roofing 5in 12 pitch, and horded in the sides with a 10x10 ft. door on the front and a man door to walk in, lean toos oss the side if you want , i,ll be doin that to the west side next spring, have the east and back used up already.


EngineerJoyce    Posted 10-19-2004 at 12:06:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
Telephone poles are great for a pole barn. Some people notch the tops to get a flat attachment, and have something to sit the board on while attaching.

I suggest doing a search for 'barn plans' and check out your state's extension website. Lots of state extension services have pole barn plans on the net. round or square is really pretty irrelevant.


VADAVE    Posted 10-19-2004 at 11:17:59       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Pick up a copy of "Practical Farm Buildings" is written like a text book for building all types of buildings including pole buildings. Ands talks about using poles rather then demensional (sp) lumber.
What I did was to remember the pole tapers and set them with the outside edge as close to verticle as possible and just proceed.


Oliver    Posted 10-19-2004 at 10:04:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
People use plans when building a pole barn? What's the world coming to?


you bet!    Posted 10-19-2004 at 09:51:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
plenty of folks have built with used utility poles.


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