Appreciate the offers fellas. I hope to have the building setting on a trailer by 7am tomorrow.We are close. My father and I have worked from daylight to dark the past three days and we've really knocked a bunch of stuff out. Trailer is coning at 6:30a and as far as I can tell we are ready to get the building set on it. The set back right now is we have to drive over my emergency spill way and it is far too low for the trailer to cross it. I spent about 3 hours moving dirt today and hardly made a dent. Hopefully I can find some soil closer to the spill way so things will go a little faster tomorrow. Another thing needing done is about 5 tree stumps need cut at ground height so the trailer can cross over them. We are expecting rain to start tomorrow around 1 so we'll be hustling.
At the very least the building should be on the trailer tomorrow then it can be moved once we have a few consecutive dry days.
anyhow, on to the pics:
Site is all ready. All the post are now 30" deep set with 80#s concrete. The post are notched so the headers sit in the notch (headers hanging on nails on the side is a pet peeve of mine
). The post in front are for the deck and are yet to be trimmed.
hand dug under the building to make it level so the trailer and building will set level.
All the metal on the outside hung down below the facia boards. besides being pretty beat up it was not very even along the bottom. Had to trim aprox 6" around the entire building. This is not pretty.
metal blade in circular saw did a quick number. (normally I'd hand trim because heat causes the metal to lose it's coating and will cause premature rusting.) Since a little rust will probably add to the look I used the saw.
The metal on front of the building trimmed. Looks better already
The front 2x10x20 skid/header in place. There is also one on the inside sandwiching the posts.
The trailer and truck together are over 50' and since everything is on a pretty good slope, we had to create a level 'road'. Finished this up about midnight lastnight
My dad jokes that the prevous builders spent little time and money building. Not only is the front of the building 8" wider than the back they also used what ever lumber they had laying around. Case and point: the outside ledger boards are all 6" except for a few places where they used 8" boards. Eight inches is not going to work so they all got trimmed to match the 6" boards
We think some of the boards used for this building were from the old barn built in 1830. I know it's not possible but they seem to make a lot more dust when cut.
(The jagged metal on this side is being replaced from the metal removed from the front when we install the new windows. Right now it has a small homemade entrance door that's falling apart. That will get closed up and a proper door put in its place)
The floors and ceilings had sags of 2 and 3" sometimes over as little as 6' spans (this is what happens when you hang crap off nails) so we jacked them as level as we could as we installed the new headers
My father prying the new headers in place
Time to start cutting posts
jacks were put in place to remove some of the weight off th post so they could be cut. Luckly a couple post could be cut from outside
Today we cut and removed 4 posts down the center. Also cut another 4 across the back side. We simply set the building back on the post stubs (hopefully they won't be like that very long). Now there's room under the building for the trailer
A Telephone pole was used as the header down the middle (A small round pole on it's side is not strong so its now gone). It gets replaced by 2- 2x10x20' screwed together.
Building's center is open and ready for the trailer. All the post have been cut except the 4 on the front. We will crib and block it in order to set it down on the trailer. This is how it sits this evening
The hold up right now is I hit a nail with the chain saw. My father did a quick sharpen but the day was fading. Plan is to start cutting stumps at 5a then move on to finishing the land bridge across the spill way. Hopefully we can get it all knocked out before the trailer arrives at 6:30. Calling for rain at 1 so we've got our fingers crossed