10-07-2011, 11:46 AM
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QUOTE=KatieQ;1194003] And it was almost all done with recycled or free materials.[/QUOTE]
Good for you! That must be quite the undertaking. But will be very satisfying once its all built!
Our wood floors are like yours, run from front to back off stall, the only difference I can see from your pictures, is that ours are flush together (you seem to have a small gap between the boards?). We also did not biuld them directly on the ground or concrete.
Our main alleyway and barn area is cement, then we had the biulders leave an area where our stalls would go w out cement, we level ground put quatre down on ground to act as a drainage, and then attached our floor boards over top using planks running long ways underneath as brace to attach our floor boards to.
I don't use LOTS of shavings, I use what I would consider a normal amount as any barn. We scrape the wet spots and add lime and or stall dry to help draw out any moisture left behind, this helps perserve the wood, and ensures there is NO ammonia smell. This would go for any barn w any type of footing, if you're not removong urine soaked bedding on a daily basis, you're going to get ammonia smell. I have been to many barns tht use rubber matting, and they smell awful! Its generally the cleaning process that will cause stinky barns :)
We did coat our boards w a water seal prior to install, but we just used plain rough cut boards no pressure treated.
I have had no issues w the boards. They are not slippery, in fact find some rubber matting to be more slippery.
Good luck w your project! I'm excited to see pictures :)
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