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I'm on somebody's list...and tickled pink!
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Tom A    Posted 11-11-2002 at 06:18:00       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Share my joy! I finally had somebody come out to look at my old barn... my "gutter guy" dragged him over on Sunday, believe it or not. Turns out he's rebuilt all the local barns that I've admired for the last couple of years. *Really* country, travels with a portable deer stand in the back of his pick-em-up truck (my kind of guy).

I showed him the saggin wall and let him look...he found all the problems that it has taken me 4 years to discover, but he did it in about 5 minutes. Said the barn was really in good shape overall, that the sag was caused by a single frame member rotting. Said he was booked 'til next summer (!!), but that he'd add me to his list and that he *would* show up.

There's a beautifully redone barn down the road from me that he had done. He told me that when he first looked at that one, he told the owner to fix it himself with a match and then build a new one. The guy insisted on repair and apparently put a lot of cash into it...these old barns really get under your skin, hard to feel anything but great liking for them.

Anyway, I'm glad I finally got somebody to at least look at the place, and feel pretty good that he'll eventually show up.

Tom A

Spence    Posted 11-11-2002 at 07:29:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
Maybe he could come and look at the first log
of my log house. The dining room starting to sag. Seems like the 1840 cedar log said "time to quit, I'd like to croak now".

I figure I'll need a 20 ton short jack to insert 4ft log pieces with a sledged. Can't lift much as the cement chinking would crack.

DeadCarp - let me guess    Posted 11-11-2002 at 08:00:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
It's rotting where some other lumber was butted up against it, right? Blasted moisture gets in there and --
Our farm house had a wooden porch that wanted to eat it, so we had to use some old highline poles - some to jack the joists up a hair and a couple to carry it. Then about $2000/worth of rough 2X6s and plywood and it was actually simpler than it looked. Now we have a huntin shack! Good luck! :)

Les    Posted 11-11-2002 at 07:07:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
Good for you, Tom. One of our old barns is succumbing to the elements. It belongs to my sister and her husband. Actually, it's two barns connected together. One of them ain't too bad because dad did a lot of fixing of it about 40 or 50 years ago. I'm afraid the other part is beyond hope.

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