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Pole barns
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Buddy Terry    Posted 07-04-2002 at 13:47:01       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I'm planning on building a barn in the very near future. And was wondering how deep I should set my poles,I plan on it being 24X40 with center height being 16 feet high and the sides being about 14-15 feet high. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.
Buddy Terry

pcc-AL    Posted 07-04-2002 at 17:54:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hi Buddy,
As Mark indicated, your building will depend on where you live and the climate at that location. Here in Alabama, we build barns, sheds, etc. with cedar poles in the ground only three feet or so; no concrete in the holes and slope of the roofs just as much as we like. However, the less slope, the more likely we will have leaks.
I have a tractor shed built entirely out of natural cedar poles with a used tin roof. It has been there about 25-30 years so far and the most damage it sustains is from the woodpeckers going after the carpenter bees. Good luck.

Mark Hendershot    Posted 07-04-2002 at 13:57:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
That is not much of a slope 1-2 ft in 12 ft? You must live in a area of no snow. Water would even run off slow on that pitch. Mark H.

Mark Hendershot    Posted 07-04-2002 at 13:54:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
4 ft deep is the average code for them. Put a concrete pad on the bottom of the hole for the post to set on. You can also use some dry concrete mix also. That way it won't settle when you put the weight on it. Mark H.

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