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#1 MH81 ONLINE  

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Posted August 28, 2014 - 08:29 PM

When my parents bought the farm in 1972, there was a building on it from the early 50's when there was a logging operation based on the property. They used to keep their log trucks in it along with some other storage. It's a 40x60 with a second floor.

Ffwd to the late 80's when there was a little tremor and a very hard winter to follow. The blocks on the one corner separated and we were afraid we were about to lose the building. The motion stopped in the spring and really hasn't been an issue since except for the cracks allowing birds in. Also, some of the wooden sills had gone and given then another way in and out.. It was like an aviary in there.
We had to cover anything we didnt want whitewashed. And it was always a pain, but the money was always appropriated to other areas that needed more immediate attention. Also, we had planned to do it ourselves and the task was daunting.

We decided to have someone come in and do it. Here are some at the start, during and tonight pics.
(The big door is going to be made a 10x10 from a 10x12, the little overhead will now be a pass door and the old pass door will now be a window). They also removed blocks periodically and inserted rebar down in the walls and poured those columns full of concrete. Hopefully giving the building a new lease on life.

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And here is where it is tonight.
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The window is inside, the new man and overhead doors are ordered, preparations for some other minor stuff before winter is in process.

Next year, we are hoping to replace the boards on the ends and paint the blocks. Also replace some flooring upstairs. Possibly some reworking of the dirt around the building.

All that will have to happen during or after clean out. There's a lot of that to do too.image.jpg image.jpg
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Posted August 28, 2014 - 08:43 PM

Looks like a good fix on the block,  :thumbs:


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Posted August 28, 2014 - 08:43 PM

Alright, now it is time for a game.  Who can identify whats what in Alan's treasure chest?

 

Ben W.


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Posted August 28, 2014 - 08:45 PM

Glad you could make the repairs. What a fantastic building...lots of room for lots of treasures!!!
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Posted August 28, 2014 - 08:53 PM

Looks like a good job fixing the barn and it should last a very long rime.


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Posted August 28, 2014 - 09:04 PM

Thanks for the pics good project
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Posted August 28, 2014 - 09:08 PM

Wheres Waldo ? My guess 5 Tractors. A good block layer makes it look all so easy good job tucking back together.


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Posted August 28, 2014 - 09:11 PM

Well worth sticking some money into.

No loft pics?
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Posted August 28, 2014 - 09:12 PM

Well worth sticking some money into.
No loft pics?


Loft is mainly junk and lumber storage.
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Posted August 28, 2014 - 09:15 PM

I like it.
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Posted August 28, 2014 - 09:29 PM

Good looking old Gambrel roof design. These are nice old buildings. Appreciate the fix & preserving some history.


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Posted August 28, 2014 - 09:53 PM

Sure wish I had that building on my acreage!! It is too nice to let fall down and you will not regret fixing it.

There is a three story barn on 19th avenue I go buy all the time going anywhere in Newton.
The foundation t ground level was all rectangular tile block. and had a milking parlor. Next floor was open storage and the third level was hay mow. That property had been one of the Maytag Dairy Farms (one of the Maytags got into the dairy business and it is still going) ,and when I was in high school I helped put hay in the mow.
I got to watch that barn get restored last summer. Made me grin big time!! too many of those old regal buildings are just let fall down or are dozed off. A part of our heritage generations to come will only be able to read about?
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Posted August 28, 2014 - 11:38 PM

Look's like you have some nice dry storage for more gt's...


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Posted August 29, 2014 - 04:41 AM

Nice job on the repairs! Glad you folks could save it!


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Posted August 29, 2014 - 04:43 AM

Great fix on a neat barn.  Masonry is one of the trades that seems to take forever if you do it yourself.


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