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New Barn...sorta finished...at last
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Chuck, WA    Posted 10-30-2002 at 08:02:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
Y'all may remember that about the time Mark built his new barn up north a ways - in a week or two - I had also just started one here in southern WA state. I posted pics back in May, the latest one just after Memorial Day when we were working on the high framing on the roof overhangs, etc.

Well, we were building it with the help of many good and generous friends, and with summer, everybody had busy schedules, so we had limited opportunities that were few and far between for getting a crew together. For example, poured the floor in three 12x24 ft slabs over a period of a couple of months, then finished the 8x24 apron in front of the rollup door and an auxilliary 5x13 pad for the lawn tractor and fuel drum storage on one side in one additional pour. I work at another job other than hobby farming, so had minimal time myself.

We finally had to get the contractor in to finish putting the metal on the gable ends and main roof. It's a gambrel roof, so all of that work was high and with a lot of long sheets of metal - up to about 23 ft. Time to get the pros involved.

Well, yesterday they caulked the last seam, finished the last corner trim and called it done! I hope to have a pic to post late this week or next week, but couldn't wait to share the good news.

It's 24x36, 12 ft at the eaves, gambrel roof with 23 ft peak, and a 12x36 roofed, but open shed on one side. Floor is concrete with center floor drain. We've got the power box on the wall with one duplex outlet, so lots of wiring to go yet, and I have pipes for irrigation water (turned off last week when the irrigation company drained the canal) and domestic well water (not connected yet), so there is still some plumbing to do. We plan on at least a 2/3 (24 x 24) loft, and also a small enclosed shed against the other side for lawn tractor and fuel drum storage.

And, on Friday night, we are having a barn dance! We've invited all the friends who helped, plus a few who prayed a lot that we amateurs wouldn't kill ourselves in the process, plus a few of the closest neighbors. Finger food buffet, a little bluegrass music from a group of us who play various instruments (guitar, banjo, violin/fiddle, dulcimer), and a little square dancing. Scrambling to get enough electricity out there for lights, a little heat and electronics, so will probably run an extra heavy duty 120 ft extension from the house to add to the one 30A circuit that's wired in so far.

I'll post a note when I get a pic uploaded.

We beat the weather by a hair. It's been a beautiful October. The night after the day they finished the roof metal and gable ends metal, the wind blew in at about 30-35 mph, and the temp dropped. Last night was around 20 deg, and there was a brisk wind until after dark. Fortunately, yesterday there was just a little caulking and a couple of short pieces of corner trim to finish. We had a 20% chance of snow last night that didn't materialize, but - by last evening, it was done! Yahoooo!


Chuck, WA    Posted 10-30-2002 at 12:16:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks y'all! Yup! Sure is a great feeling. Still work to do, but at least it's enclosed.

EIEIO...dinner at 6, dance at 7...Pacific Standard Time. Come ahead!

Mark...while utility trench was open, installed a spare conduit with phone line...for future use. However, the barn is only about 120 ft. from the house, and that's in range of our cordless phone, so might use it for remote outdoor barn light switch.

Salmoneye...no stove installed yet, but it's in the upgrade plans before winter '03.

DeadCarp...square dance caller was touch-n-go...been looking for a week and everybody around here's booked. Found this one last night. Turned out to be a guy I know, but hadn't seen in a few years and forgot he was a caller. Beat the weather by a hair...same on newly planted pasture. Started tilling neglected field in early Sept thinking I was early, but it was perfect timing! It's up and lush.

JennieM...indeed it's a lot of work, but it's sure a neat feeling to see it done and know there's a lot of my own sweat in the concrete, the post holes and a good bit of the lumber. Turned out to be a great time of working with my wife...she climbs girts like a pro! And seems to like it even! She got a real kick out of driving the scissors lift and running it up to the near the peak when it was just framework and pretending to wash one of the gable windows...reached around the window frame from inside to "wash" the outside! :)


EIEIO    Posted 10-30-2002 at 10:58:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
Congrats sent you way, what time is the barn dance? I can't wait to see the pictures. I bet you are as proud as a new father and I sure do't blame you. Job well done and I am so happy for you!!!!!!!!!


Willy-N (Mark)    Posted 10-30-2002 at 10:51:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
Glad you got it done. Mine is full of hay now. Got to see some snow on the roof yesterday too. Having water inside and outside is real handy. Just installed the phone so my daughter could call up to the house if there is a problem. She realy enjoys it and it has made it nice for taking care of the cows. Mark H.


Salmoneye    Posted 10-30-2002 at 10:09:35       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Great feeling, eh?

Just putting the finishing touches on my new garden shack...um...I mean the Wifes Green House...

She is still wondering why I am winterizing it and she just does not understand the woodstove yet...

;-)


DeadCarp    Posted 10-30-2002 at 09:55:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hey, who's our resident square dance caller? Les? Maybe you could import him! heh heh

Glad to hear you beat the weather - i started gathering firewood a month early this Fall and looks like not a moment too soon! Stay warm & enjoy the place!!


JennieM    Posted 10-30-2002 at 09:28:58       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Congratulations! It's a good feeling isn't it? My dad and I did a 30 x 30 Steelmasters barn last year. Cleared the land dug and poured the footers. A lot of work, but it's worth it.


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