Hope everyone had a decent Christmas. I still have one family gathering tomorrow evening, then all is a wrap.
The last couple days I have been shoring up the old original shop on this farm. It's just around 20x24 and rough condition, but worth saving just for memories sake if nothing else. The right side foundation is pretty decent, but the rear and left side has concrete crumbling like gravel. My Grandpa built it with his brothers, but somebody must have been running low on Portland cement. The left side had crumbled and tilted outward till the lower part of the wall was almost 18" out from plumb. Was a matter of time till she fell over. So I welded up metal plate with a piece of channel iron on the back end to hold the 4x4 treated post. The metal goes over a foot onto the floor where I put concrete anchors to hold in place. The floor concrete is hard as steel, so Gramps must have gotten more Portland before he poured that.
I jacked up the building at each doubled truss just enough to put in the 4x4 posts. Once the 3 posts were in, then I drilled through the 4x4's and the outside wall, placed sections of all thread, then pulled the wall in after I used a sledge hammer to crumble the remaining foundation from under. Each 4x4 got 2 pieces of all thread.
The sill plate on the right side of the door was rotted away, and the door corner posts soft as well. So they got replaced with treated lumber also.
I will have to put a new foundation under it later on, but for now she's safe from falling over & damaging beyond repair.
The door has a very old sliding door rail. One of the door gliders is missing. If anyone has one like it they want to part with, I'd like to buy it.
It's mostly memories I'm preserving, so I'd like it as close to original as possible. The building does still have value to keep and I feel it's a worthy project. I hate to see things just dozed down.
I've been working in jeans & t-shirt, and sweating! 2 days after Christmas in Ky and it's 72F outside!