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  • 24x36 open pole barn
  • Simpson brackets barns

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    07-03-2013, 06:38 PM
  #11
Yearling
I am getting super excited! We got HOA approval, and a county agricultural exemption so we can begin! We did opt for trusses, so the inside will be more open. Also ended up going for 24x36 so I can more easily have multiple stacks of hay of different kinds, which I have been longing to do.
Last revision, we decided NOT to pour concrete...I don't know what I was thinking originally, I KNOW cement holds moisture and leads to worse mold problems them 3/4 crush does.
So, we have it leveled and marked, a hole digger is going to come and drill (through rock) the holes so we can set the posts with gravel next week!

I have been looking at Simpson Hangers for attaching all the trusses and girts and headers and purlins, has anyone used these pieces of hardware before? Would you recommend them or not?
     
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    07-03-2013, 07:59 PM
  #12
Showing
Talk to your local building store. They will best advise you. Where ever you plan on stacking your hay you might not wish to enclose it too tightly there so the breezes can draw the moisture out of it. I used one inch spacers to set each 1x6" board. It allows the breezes thro yet keeps out the weather. For the horses, chose a NE corner which will be coolest during the heat of the day. My two like to share one stall, the larger that is 16x16.
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    07-04-2013, 12:19 AM
  #13
Yearling
It is not going to have walls at all for the first year, and even when they go up, they will be spaced.
Also, this is strictly the hay shed, since the horses already have their run-in :)

We have an awesome building supply store here that is locally owned. That's where we are getting all our lumber. Their prices are awesome, but I have never found them very friendly to ask questions of...hence coming here to see if any of yall have had experience with Simpson brackets/hanger.
     
    07-04-2013, 12:35 AM
  #14
Green Broke
What do the Simpson hangers look like? We use something called hurricane straps in our buildings. They are sort of "U" shaped; nailed/screwed to the vertical wall and then the horizontal pieces slip into the bracket - it's a fast and easy way to put up horizontal boards, they are very secure and not that pricey.
     
    07-04-2013, 06:55 AM
  #15
Trained
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Originally Posted by karliejaye    
We have an awesome building supply store here that is locally owned. That's where we are getting all our lumber. Their prices are awesome, but I have never found them very friendly to ask questions of...hence coming here to see if any of yall have had experience with Simpson brackets/hanger.
Simpson is the company that makes all the brackets/hangers you find in all the major building supply stores. They have a bracket/hanger for almost anything and we use them all the time. The price per piece is not much, but it will add up quickly with all you need. When we built our pole barn, in the end, I think hardware (bolts/nails/screws/brackets/etc) probably totaled about 1/3 the cost of materials. I don't even remember how many thousands of screws we used for the metal roof and siding.
     

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