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Re: Re: Re: About barns here - any of you building with farm lumber?

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Posted by D. Mosey on May 27, 2002 at 06:33:38 from (

In Reply to: Re: Re: About barns here - any of you building with farm lumber? posted by TomH on May 27, 2002 at 05:46:20:

Seems like a body can get the siding very cheap from local sawmills. Looks like all the mills sell culls that don't measure up to 4/4. Lots of 1X8 for a 1/10 of the cost of lumber yard or tin siding. Some of it is only 5/8" thick, most of it is 3/4-

The frame lumber will come from an Alaskan Mill. I wouldn't dream of using a crosscut chain.
With a big enough saw and a rip chain you can easily mill a foot a minute. Takes at least a 90cc saw to handle that kind of production. The logs will be handled with a tractor/loader, and set up at a good working height. I've used a beam cutting guide with good results this way.

The posts, rafters, headers, and such are all available right here on our place. Siding & roofing I'll have to buy. Posts will be Red Cedar
that will be ripped in half. Will set them on a rock at the bottom of a 4' hole. Just tore down a corn crib that was built that way 100 years ago. The Cedar was still firm. Convinced me, sure enough.
I've looked into the bandsaw mills here. There are 2 guys that have them. They won't bother with any work unless you hire them out for several days. Can't see that I got a days worth for a bandsaw. Need 16 posts, 38 rafters, and 8 headers to close in a 72' shed add-on for equipment & hay. If'n that bandsaw is going to cost me $600 - 800 to have here I'll be durn if that ain't yuppie high in cost-

Looks like the biggest exspense is the tin.
Any of you know of a roof material alternative?
A heavy equipment contractor once told be about some heavy vinyl sheeting they use for under crush & run in wet areas that can't be drained well. He said he has seen it on roofs & used as siding too. I can't seem to find out any more info on the stuff. Interested in your thoughts- D. Mosey

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