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Timber Frame Barn Remodel #8: Seeing the difference

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Blog entry by PoohBaah posted 07-17-2018 03:47 PM 707 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 7: Really got a view now Part 8 of Timber Frame Barn Remodel series Part 9: A little clean up goes a long way »

This last weekend I was able to put a solid 4 hours into the project and it is kind of nice to be able to actually see a noticeable difference. I removed the entire lover level of siding on the back side of the barn. I started slow trying to salvage what I could and damn is that frustrating. I have no idea how those guys on TV make it look so easy. I am trying to salvage enough of the good siding from the exterior to line my wood shop with then all is said and done. Yet it is a monumental task since it is extremely worn, rotted and its also tongue and groove so that adds more difficulty to it.

Once I get all the old siding off I have some cleaning to do since you can see that the old straw pile is nearly a foot deep in some places. That will be a dirty day. Good thing I have a couple of good respirators that I have been using. I have become a big fan of the RZ masks.

And its not a bad view from up here either.

Now that I can actually see big, measurable change it has rekindled my drive to work on the barn for an hour or two each night and push on through this huge project. I am taking Friday off of work to go and buy trim and treated 2×6” base boards at the local green box store. I know that I won’t get much done this weekend as the wife and I are headed to Chicago for my birthday.

-- Neil, Indiana - Instagram: neilsalomon



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EarlS

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#1 posted 07-17-2018 04:39 PM

I’ve found that working an hour or two every night doesn’t seem like you get much done, but when you stop and look around it is amazing how much was accomplished. That is my go-to approach with any big project. Once you get into the routine it doesn’t seem so bad.

Have fun in Chicago – any place special?

Only someone from the Midwest would appreciate your scenic view. That’s some good looking corn. Speaking of corn – did you get the box?

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

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PoohBaah

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#2 posted 07-17-2018 04:55 PM

Earl – I think that the problem I have is that it is just such a huge project overall that an hour here and there just doesn’t make a real noticeable change that really helps motivate. But sometimes you just have to grind it our. I know that I have to get all this grinding out of the way because once the bright and new steal starts going up it will make all the difference in the world.

We are headed to the Cubs game Saturday and the wife really wants to go by the zoo as well. Just nice to get to the city every once in a while and out of the corn fields.

Yes I did get your gift and it is awesome. Thank you again.

-- Neil, Indiana - Instagram: neilsalomon

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EarlS

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#3 posted 07-17-2018 05:32 PM

With the initial problem with the USPS I wanted to be sure it actually arrived. Kind of a fun item to make. Not sure it is really practical.

Brookfield Zoo is so quiet and serene that you forget you are in the middle of Chicago.

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

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#4 posted 07-17-2018 10:52 PM

Good progress there Neil. Are you going to re-side the whole barn in metal?

The corn is looking good, unlike the fields I have seen here. Not enough rain lately and the stalks are already yellow. Hopefully they got some corn made before the drought.

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

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PoohBaah

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#5 posted 07-17-2018 11:21 PM

Yes Duck it is getting a fresh coat of white steel on the sides and midnight blue (wife’s choosing) on the roof.

We started the growing season with perfect conditions 1/2” rain each week and hot and humid and I swear I could hear it growing. The rain has slowed in the last few weeks and we are getting desperate for some.

-- Neil, Indiana - Instagram: neilsalomon

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Dave Polaschek

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#6 posted 07-18-2018 12:05 AM

That’s good progress, Neil. I know it seems slow going now, but once you do grind through it, it’ll be so worth it.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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