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Pole Barns
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Farmallmaniac    Posted 02-02-2004 at 10:46:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
I wanna build me a new pole barn but don't exactly know how to construct one. Would my local construction companies be able to make one? I want to make one where one roof is at a steeper incline then the other one. one roof would be about 3 times as long as the steeper one. Also can anyone make normal barns liek the ones you see on old farms?

RayP(MI)    Posted 02-02-2004 at 17:43:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
Check with your local building materials supplier. Mine drew up plans - to my specifications, gave me a listing of materials, the whole package - along with some building advice. Went up about as they said it would. Am very happy with the building!

Okie-Dokie    Posted 02-02-2004 at 15:33:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
Go to the library and check out "Building Small Barns and Buildings". I'm sorry, I don't know the author. If you are going to have it built, our local Elect. Co-op paper has a bunch of advertizements from companies speciallizing in pole barns construction.

Farmallmaniac    Posted 02-02-2004 at 14:55:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
I figured some about this. For the poles i figured i will use old telephone poles. basicly i don't know what to do for the sides like what type of wood cause i want wood siding. also would i want it verticle or horizontal. if i did it verticle would i have to put some horizontal boards first to nail the verticle ones? i know a lot of questions sorry but thanks for all the help.

Dieselrider    Posted 02-02-2004 at 13:41:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
The more practical as well as cost effective way to go would be with a pole building. They are much cheaper to build and because you use trusses over the top the middle is open and you don't have all those posts and beams, like in the old barns, in your way. Another thing to consider is if you build the pole barn without overhangs you can seal it up alot easier. Less room for the birds and bugs to get in. Good luck with whichever you choose.

Stormie    Posted 02-02-2004 at 11:30:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
Your local construction companies should be able to help you out. If you do know how to build but are not sure of all the dimensions, I would recommend going to do-it-yourself center(Home Depot, Lowes). Talk to them about what you are looking for and they can help you with planning. If you don't want to build it, check around with local consruction co. to get the best deal. There are still some small time handy men out there that can do it cheaper but it may take a little longer. You could go with the traditonal wood barn if you have big bucks. The Amish is a great suggestion however it would still be pricy and the upkeep is a lot more expensive. Good Luck.

Spence    Posted 02-02-2004 at 11:10:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
The old barns sat on a rock foundation away from the rot ussualy. The poles or beams were of wood that was furniture quality today. They used elms and maples squared out with an adze. They used huge mortise and tenons that were locked in with 1.5inch wood pins.

They had about 20guys and horses to put up the frame, not practical today.

I just finished my lean-to wood shed with poles. I used treated 6 X 6 spruce for corners and centers, and 4 X 4 for in betweens, but you can't use it like that even if it is treated. The treated part goes in only 1/16in in the wood, so I soak the in ground ends in a barrel of creosote before putting in the holes. I pour an 18inch slab of cement reinforced with any steel or wire I can get on the bottom of the hole as a footing and the holes go down below frost level.

They used to treat wood properly way back, then they got stingy with the preservative as a result you'll be happy if the poles last 8 years
without the creosote. You can use 1/2 crancase oil and 1/2 creosote too. The waste chemicals in the oil are a good rot deterrent.

I did 4 other out buildings like this, one I did 20 years ago and the guy says it's solid still.

Gary    Posted 02-02-2004 at 11:05:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
Pole Barns - DYI or Contract out

Type the above text in the archive search box and read through the previous posts about this same topic back in 2000

Red Dave    Posted 02-02-2004 at 11:05:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
Pole barns are fairly simple to construct, so yes your local constuction company ought to be able to build one. If you have a few basic skills and some common sense you could probably do it yourself too.
Around my neck of the woods, most agricultural construction is pole barns, so there are companies that specialize in them. If you ever watch one of those outfits put one up, they can put it together so fast it'l make your head spin.

Traditional post and beam framed barns can be built too, mostly by Amish companies for Amish customers, but if you have the money, they'll build one for anybody.

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