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Blog series by PoohBaah updated 08-07-2018 02:43 PM 9 parts 13935 reads 84 comments total

Part 1: Barn Workshop The Beginnings

09-05-2017 04:27 PM by PoohBaah | 8 comments »

Three years ago my wife and I were gifted an acre of land to build a home upon. Included in this acre was this barn. It is a good sized barn at 40’ x 50’ with a hay loft upstairs that is massive and it already has a concrete floor on most of it. Now it has been a hot topic with in the family of what we should do with this barn. My wife’s grandmother hates it for one reason or another and feels it needs torn down. I on the other hand see all the potential within and ju...

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Part 2: Trash Removal Begins

09-13-2017 11:22 AM by PoohBaah | 8 comments »

So I knew that I would be traveling for work these next two weeks and would be out of town but my Saturday was wide open so I thought I would start to pull some of the junk/trash out of the barn and add it burn pile. Some of the things that I have found are just mind boggling. So far I have taken 3 truck loads of trash out of the barn but htat just barely scratches the surface. The first load had 12 doors and part of the chick coop. None were salvageable since they all had water damage on ...

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Part 3: Slow, very slow progress

04-03-2018 04:45 PM by PoohBaah | 7 comments »

Well, it has been 6 months since the last update and well not much has changed. Between fall harvest, winter and now calving season coming early there was not much progress on the old barn but we are starting to gain some momentum now. I have been in contact with a local guy that is going to put the new roof on for me. I was in Menards on Saturday to pick up supplies for a new set of back steps and while loading the lumber I noticed they had 45 sheets of 12’ white steel in the discount ...

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Part 4: Then there was less below and more above

05-07-2018 04:35 PM by PoohBaah | 9 comments »

Well we are currently between swaps right now. The box swap went really well and the mallet/hammer swap doesn’t start up for a few more weeks. Also things in the fields are going well and nearly all the cattle are moved to pasture. Even with all this going on I actually had a few free hours to get back into my barn and start cleaning. I started a fire in my burn barrel and also in my fire pit. So by dividing and conquering I was able to make some pretty decent headway. You can see in th...

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Part 5: Small Steps Forward

06-12-2018 04:03 PM by PoohBaah | 12 comments »

There has been slow but somewhat steady progress the last two weeks in the barn. I have been able to allot a couple hours each week to try and work on the daunting task of trash removal and demolition. It took 3 separate sessions but I have finally gotten the old feed bunk removed. You can see from previous posts the strides that have been made. It is really starting to open up the space. There is still a lot of debris, dust and garbage to clean up but all these small steps are startin...

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Part 6: We knew there would be rot

06-26-2018 02:22 PM by PoohBaah | 11 comments »

Quick little weekly update. There has been steady but slow progress on the barn in the last couple weeks. I have begun removing the section of flooring on the second level to allow a set of stairs go in. I also have a large pile of wood that has made the salvage pile that needs to be de-nailed and stacked upstairs out of the way. That is going to be a task all in its own going forward. I have started removing the rotten siding on the back side of the barn. I knew that there were goi...

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Part 7: Really got a view now

07-10-2018 03:32 PM by PoohBaah | 12 comments »

So I am waiting on the glue to dry on my mallet for the swap and I decided that I am ready (not sure I really am or not) to open up the back wall where there use to be a sliding door that had been nailed shut and a bunch of rot that needed replaced. So last night I cam hope from the current shop and went to work removing this section. Now you can see the view I have. Beautiful personally. I need to reinforce the vertical beams since they have a bit of wear. Then I am going to run new ...

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Part 8: Seeing the difference

07-17-2018 03:47 PM by PoohBaah | 6 comments »

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 tas...

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Part 9: A little clean up goes a long way

08-07-2018 02:43 PM by PoohBaah | 11 comments »

I had a little extra vacation time build up and decided to make it a long weekend. Vacation though it was not. I went and borrowed a friend’s dump trailer and went at cleaning the old hay loft out. There was old hay and straw that mice had chewed threw the twine all over the place up stairs and I knew that I wanted to get rid of it before the new siding was in place. Well it took 3 full loads of the dump trailer that is roughly 8’x14×3’. And man I was a tired pup af...

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