Timber Frame Barn Remodel #9: A little clean up goes a long way

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Blog entry by PoohBaah posted 08-07-2018 02:43 PM 2564 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I had a little extra vacation time build up and decided to make it a long weekend. Vacation though it was not. I went and borrowed a friend’s dump trailer and went at cleaning the old hay loft out. There was old hay and straw that mice had chewed threw the twine all over the place up stairs and I knew that I wanted to get rid of it before the new siding was in place.

Well it took 3 full loads of the dump trailer that is roughly 8’x14×3’. And man I was a tired pup after throwing all that especially since I found that there was heavy, old, musty soy bean bales under all the straw.

That ate up all my Thursday. But it revealed an awesome floor and not as much water damaged floor as I was afraid there could be.

On Friday I got up and went at getting the worse of the two sides cleared out on the ground floor. It was full of I don’t even know how many years of dirt, dust, coon poo, and trash.

Since there was a nice sized hole left by removing an old door I was able to drive the skid steer into the area and just shovel right into the bucket. I would have just scrapped it with the bucket but it was so damn tight of a fit and I didn’t know if there were any cracks in the concrete where I would catch and heave sections up.

So another day spend scooping and shoveling and in the end it looks so much better and this corner is where my wood shop will go. it will roughly be 18’x32’ which is about 4x what I have now. I will have then entire barn loft for lumber storage as well.

I have gone as far up on a ladder as I plan to go. I am going ot have to rent a man lift since the peak of the barn is somewhere in the 33’ range and that is way too high for this fat boy to be on a ladder. So now the next steps will be getting what nailer strips I can get on the East side of the barn installed and ready for steel and then move on to the West side and start removing siding in prep for the new and larger garage door and man door that will have to be framed out before we can get to hanging steel on the front.

Slow and steady steps made this weekend but they really made a big difference in how I feel about the project and I can start to envision how the final product will turn out.

-- Neil, Indiana - Instagram: neilsalomon

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#1 posted 08-07-2018 05:11 PM

Looks like you’ve made great progress. Keep up the good work. Get you some fans installed so u don’t melt in this heat

-- Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might

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#2 posted 08-07-2018 05:32 PM

That’s a lot of work. It wore me out just reading about all of it. The “after” pictures really make the point about how much better it looks now that the accumulated crud is removed. Keep on plodding along.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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Mainiac Matt

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#3 posted 08-07-2018 06:17 PM

Great job getting the clean out work done.

18’ x 36’ will make for a great shop size.

What’s you plan for siding? Galvanized metal? I’d be thinking hard about managing condensation.

Sure you don’t want to keep it wood?

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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#4 posted 08-07-2018 06:44 PM

Matt I am using steel siding and then going to have the shop spray foamed to insulate it. I think that should provide plenty of insulation to stave off the condensation.

-- Neil, Indiana - Instagram: neilsalomon

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#5 posted 08-07-2018 07:25 PM

Terrific progress, looks great!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. - OldTools Archive -

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#6 posted 08-07-2018 08:06 PM

That’s looking great, Neil. How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. Your elephant is looking like you’ve nibbled it down in size by quite a bit.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#7 posted 08-08-2018 03:49 PM

Looks like a lot of work but I’ll bet it is pretty rewarding seeing the progress. That is going to be a great workshop space when you are done. There is just something about a workshop in an old barn that appeals to me.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#8 posted 08-08-2018 08:35 PM

That is really looking good Neil. My previous shop was metal r-panel construction. I insulated the metal and then put up plywood interior walls.

Your corn still looks good. All of it around here has already been cut down. Here is what it looked like July 20:

Really dry here.

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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#9 posted 08-08-2018 08:56 PM

HOLY CRAP Duck that is dry …. here we are setting wet records …. and great work on the new shop space Neil it looks totally doable ….GREAT WORK :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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#10 posted 08-09-2018 03:23 PM

Yea Duck, I have been reading how all you guys down there through that Arkansas, Missu, Texas band are dry as all get out. My Superior Livestock Rep sent me pictures of rain the other night and it was the first rain in over 60 days.

I am planning on the steel, spray foam, paneling of some sort on the inside of the shop. I feel this should be more than sufficient.

Tony, Dave, Smitty, Nate thanks for all the encouragement. It helps but what I really need is for you all to come pick up a hammer. haha

-- Neil, Indiana - Instagram: neilsalomon

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#11 posted 08-09-2018 04:15 PM

Hah! Words of encouragement aren’t enough? If you were just a little closer, I’d be there. I miss working on the old family farms. I’ve cleaned out my share of old barns in my youth.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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