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post #1 of 50 Old 04-24-2013, 02:37 PM Thread Starter
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Finally - a barn raising!

It has been a long wait, but it looks like we a finally going to get the barn built. The site has been staked and the bobcat should start levelling the ground this afternoon. Materials are scheduled to arrive on Monday and construction should begin by the middle of next week. I will track our progress and ask for suggestions here.

It doesn't look like much now, but a "before" picture might be worthwhile. This is the site. The fence is down but the bobcat will pull out the posts later today. We still have snow, but the barn site is high and dry and in the sun.

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post #2 of 50 Old 04-26-2013, 10:03 AM
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Congratulations! Keep us updated on your plans and progress.
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post #3 of 50 Old 04-29-2013, 11:46 PM Thread Starter
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Barn raising is a hair raising experience.
The bobcat guy finally came and removed the grass and topsoil from the building site. He also dropped off 4 loads of clay and a load of gravel for the post holes. He was supposed to come back today to level the clay so construction can begin on Wednesday morning. The materials also arrived today. Utilities was also scheduled today to mark the lines.

Unfortunately, this is what today brought.

As you can see, the materials arrived, but so did 6" of fresh wet snow which is expected to continue into the morning. The bobcat guy and the utilities people didn't show up. If they don't come tomorrow, I will have to delay the construction crew again...
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post #4 of 50 Old 04-29-2013, 11:57 PM
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Do everyone a favor and be understanding of weather. That much water can set ya back a couple days to weeks. Better to get it done right then fast.
But I imagine you're stoked and excited! I can't wait to see the finished project.
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post #5 of 50 Old 04-30-2013, 08:33 AM
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Agree, the weather can be your best friend one day and your worst enemy the next.

You'll get there, just be patient.

Now would be a good time to look over your plans and make sure they are the way you want BEFORE they start putting up walls.
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post #6 of 50 Old 05-01-2013, 10:05 PM Thread Starter
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More progress!

The crew came today to drop off their machinery and the bobcat was able to get in to level the clay. It's still a bit mucky, but we are all systems go for tomorrow. The weather warmed considerably today and the or cast is calling for lots of sun and warmer temps through the weekend.

Things are looking better. You can see the starting parts now.

And the mucky but level building site.

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post #7 of 50 Old 05-01-2013, 10:17 PM
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How exciting!!!!!!!
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post #9 of 50 Old 05-02-2013, 10:01 AM Thread Starter
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Witching the utilities

So the utilities company did not come to mark the gas line and the crew starts this morning. We know the gas line is well out of the way, but I want it marked anyways. So, we had a friend come over with a metal detector to find the lines. He also brought a set of witching rods (long pieces of welding rod bent in a L). The metal detector didn't find anything with any reliable accuracy, however, witching the lines worked like a charm. I am a skeptic by nature and my science background tells me it shouldn't work, but it does. The rods picked up the flow of gas underground, repeatedly. I know the result was accurate because we have had the line marked before. We knew where it was, but our friend who witches the lines did not. Interesting...

The utilities company will be here first thing this morning to mark the lines, so I am not terribly concerned.
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post #10 of 50 Old 05-02-2013, 10:23 AM
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An exciting time for sure. Hope everything goes well. Do you have to schedule inspections as the work progresses?
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