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Old barn
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shaker    Posted 12-16-2002 at 10:19:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
the old barn is falling down. i keep wondering what to do, let it fall and rebuild something more suitable or keep it up. nothing special
about 70 yrs old ,geussing. the old man never put a dime in it. he wanted a lower type of building. we dont use it for much looks


Tom A    Posted 12-17-2002 at 05:28:11       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My barn's about 110 years old, looks like they recycled a lot of timber from an older barn, too. I am probably too sentimental about it, but I love the construction, beautiful joints and nice stonework. Spent the last couple of years looking for somebody to do some major repair work for me, as one corner has sunk and is pulling the back wall out. He came out a couple of weeks ago to look at it, gave me a "sort of" estimate and I'm going to have him come fix it. I'm probably a sucker but he's got a good reputation--even told one guy to fix his old barn himself, with a book of matches cuz it wasn't worth saving. So we'll see. His estimate wasn't anywhere near as bad as I'd feared, less than the cost of a similar sized modern metal building and he thinks it'll stand another 100 years.

good luck whatever you do.

Tom A


Larry    Posted 12-16-2002 at 18:06:55       [Reply]  [Send Email]

I saw an artical in Farm Show about a guy that took the hay mow floor out and his barn and converted it into a machine shed. I don't remember all the details. Maybe you can find it in their archives.


donna    Posted 12-16-2002 at 17:27:14       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I hear people buy old barns and salvage the wood to build new homes


dan    Posted 12-16-2002 at 16:52:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
got the same problem myself. hate to spend a fortune restoring a barn just for looks. was thinking of taking it down and using the material to build a more practical pole barn. knew a guy who had a couple of cranes lift his barn off it's foundation and set it on the ground,but i don't think mine would stand the test.


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