If it were me, I'd ask the barn owner why the repairs aren't being done despite her promises? I maintain an acreage and a house and it seems things break down faster than they can be attended to. Help is always greatly appreciated, especially when one can't hold both ends of a board at the same time. Can you devote a day and the two of you put in a concentrated effort to get things right? It's amazing how much can get done in a day. It seems a job that would take an hour with one person doesn't take half the time with 2, but more like 1/4 of the time.