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This is a near 100 year old barn. A wind storm last July 3, 2011 blew in the west end of the barn. In the pick you will see the tree to the left that kept the bottom half from falling out of the barn to the ground. The top half did stay inside. The pic's go from before the storm to the end of todays repair.



















































 

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I spent as much on hardware as I did on lumber. I used Star head lag screws to put the wall together and only a few nails from time to time. The wall is well built. I did most of the work and had my tenant help from time to time on the siding. He wanted to.

The roof work is next. That I have to wait till I get the money to rent the lift again.

During the week that I had it we had winds for 3 days that were about 30 MPH from the worst direction. The west. When the siding started to hit me in the back as I was putting it up I got down. The lift was also getting to swing soom to. I was lucky on the rain.
 

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I spent as much on hardware as I did on lumber. I used Star head lag screws to put the wall together and only a few nails from time to time. The wall is well built. I did most of the work and had my tenant help from time to time on the siding. He wanted to.

The roof work is next. That I have to wait till I get the money to rent the lift again.

During the week that I had it we had winds for 3 days that were about 30 MPH from the worst direction. The west. When the siding started to hit me in the back as I was putting it up I got down. The lift was also getting to swing soom to. I was lucky on the rain.
 

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Thanks, The first barn burned down about the start of 1900 by lighting. My grandfather had this one put up and told the contractor what he wanted. The contractor said it will not work or last but he did as he was told. Its still standing near 100 years. LOL They were able to reuse the stone foundation. That was put in place around 1840. Its also 2 feet thick and rock from the fields.

All old barns need to be saved for history. I will or hope to soon work on the east wall.

 

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I love old barns, and that one is really a nice one

Glad you were able to save it, and do such a good job

Storms can really mess up your day, on Oct 1 2010 we had a small tornado hit one of our shops, took the roof off of it and scattered it for about 1/2 mile, then we found out it wasn't insured, my wife told the ins lady not to insure the contents anymore as the ins was getting outrageous, she paid and signed off on it not looking and then the storm hit, and we found out the dumb biatch took all of the shops off altogether

I could have shot her
 

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I just finished today on doing some patching work. I thought the rental co was going to pick it up in the morning but I called and asked them when they were going to come. They said noon. I had three hours so I started to work as fast as I could. They never came so I have it for the weekend. HE HE HE. Yes I have been doing other things with it. Like working on my house gutters. Doing some high work on tree's, and other things. Hey I got two extra days so why look a gift horse in the mouth.
 

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This is an early pic of the south side of the barn. There were more holes in the roof then what you see. I will get a pic on Sun to show what I patched.










<img Some of the inside of the barn. The stone work and floor rafters.
 

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Some people have PM'ed me about the barn so I add some more pic's.

I remember as a kid climbing to the very top of the hay and touching the top rafter. The barn was full of hay from wall to wall all the way up to the top. That will never be seen again in the old barn.
 

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Good for you. All too many old barns are left to collapse from age and the elements or are torn down. A real pity.

I went to photograph some old farm and ranch houses and barns I had seen over the years, and discovered some of them had been bulldozed. Farmers and ranchers don't usually do this to old buildings, so I made some inquiries and found out that there are land use rules in place in some areas that limit the number of buildings that land can have on it. Sadly, this historic old buildings were not exempt. So if the farmer or rancher was at his limit, he had no choice but to tear down a historic building.
 

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Thanks one and all. History should never be lost. I think the east ends of the barn is going to cost about $4500.00 to re-side. That means buy some siding here and there when money comes around and store it away till I can do the job.

For those who know the history of the Blue Ridge Mountain and the National Park Way know the Gov forced the people out of the mountain's and then the sad part. BURNED ALL BUILDINGS. That means all the homestead and all the barns. Log Cabins and all. All that history and their way of life was lost. Their way of building homes, out building and barns are now gone. That to me is the biggist lost to history.
 

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Very cool barn and great workmanship. Those pics are awsome too. Especially the ones with the clouds in the back drop. There are a couple of pics there that could be entered in a photography contest. Thanks for posting and again, great job. John
 

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Thanks one and all.

I'm right now trying to get the money up for the east end of the barn for siding and then the painting of the roof will be next. Each step I will post pic's.
 
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