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post #1 of 141 Old 08-19-2016, 03:47 PM Thread Starter
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OK, following what seems to be the grand tradition on this forum, I'm starting a thread to track the construction of my new horse barn / workshop.

We moved two years ago to a 10-acre plot in southeast Nebraska. My wife has very patiently lived with both our 2-stall garage and her chicken coop completely filled with things not related to either cars or chickens.

The outer shell of this new barn will be a 40x66' steel-sided pole building built by Cleary. Once they bug out, I'll still have a lot of stuff to do on my own (hopefully with help) before I can really move in. Once completed, there'll be a 30x40' workshop with an attic, an 18x40' machine shed, and another 18x40' wing with 3 horse stalls & a tack room. The attached renderings were provided by Cleary.

My neighbor (aka Black Diamond Excavating) started the dirt work this week. The photo below is what it looked before I left this morning. Originally, the building site sloped about 4' from one corner to another, but the corral area sloped another 2'. It also sits about half way down a hill (our entire property is sloped), so we'll need a big berm & swale to keep our corral from turning into a pond. We're hoping the dirt can sit & settle for about 3 weeks before Cleary comes in to start building in mid-September.

I've mounted a small camera on my garage so I can take a time lapse of the entire process. It takes a shot every minute, so the resulting video should run about 6 seconds per actual hour of work. I'll definitely share the result!
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Re: Obi-Wan's new barn

Perfect timing, the wife and I just went to our local lumber store to get a quote for a pole barn package - the materials anyway. Labor and concrete will something else altogether.

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Perfect timing, the wife and I just went to our local lumber store to get a quote for a pole barn package - the materials anyway. Labor and concrete will something else altogether.
I think you should at least look into having Cleary (Home - Cleary Building Corp.) put up the whole thing for you. The planning process with their local office has been great. I'm told by many people that Cleary is on the lower end of the price scale for pole buildings. If it takes a team of pros 2-3 weeks to assemble my building, I can't imagine how long it would take me to do it myself on evenings & weekends without all the experience and high end equipment. My time is too valuable to spend it like that.

Cleary only does the building itself. You're on your own for the dirt work & concrete, but the Cleary rep can usually give you the names of some reputable subs that they know do good work.

My next door neighbor is about a build a pole building about the same size as mine, but with a simpler design. He's purchased the materials from Menards (like Home Depot), and is paying somebody else to construct it. I'll keep an eye on how his building goes & see how it compares with my experience.

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Well, it's been a while, and the dirt work has long since settled in. There's still some dirt work to be done around the outskirts to improve grading & drainage, but it's in pretty good shape.

Cleary finally saw fit to deliver all the materials two days ago. It came on a flat-bed semi trailer, which parked out on the road. Cleary invented a cool system where the semi tractor doubles as a giant forklift. They disconnect the trailer, then the forklift arms just rise up from between the rear wheels. I'm told that Cleary invented that rig, and now Menards copied them. (The two company owners are good friends.)

I shot time lapse photos of both the dirt work and the material delivery, but I haven't processed & uploaded those videos yet. I'll post here once they're up. Here's just a few still photos shot by hand to give you an idea of where we are.

Cleary claims they'll start assembly on Monday, but it's supposed to rain here early in the week, so I'm not holding my breath. They say it'll take about 2 weeks to build it, weather permitting.

In the mean time, I'm trying to line up plumbers, electricians, and concrete to show up right after the outer shell is finished.
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That's a pretty clever fork system.
Look forward to the progress.

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Always interested in the work shops and barns other MTF members have ,,,,keep the pictures coming
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OK, I finally got the time lapse video of the dirt work uploaded. Not the most exciting video, I'm sure, but it's an important first step in our process. You can watch it on YouTube at:

https://youtu.be/lZyNBEAicE8

In more exciting news, construction began today! They made a horrible mess of my nice, smooth pad by drilling 37 holes, each 18" by 5' deep, and then filling them with long poles. High winds slowed their progress, so not all of the poles are secured straight up yet. It's supposed to rain tomorrow, but hopefully, they'll get the poles finished by Wednesday.
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Cleary did manage to get the rest of the poles straightened & set on Wednesday, but only barely, before the rain set in again. The mud kept them from working the rest of last week. They came back Monday morning for about 2 hours before more rain hit. Despite almost half an inch of rain Monday, they were back at it this morning (Tuesday), tromping around in the mud to install the girts. If we don't get more rain tonight, they hope to be hanging trusses and rafters tomorrow.

This has been a crazy slow process with all the rain we keep getting. A half inch every other day doesn't really have time to dry out before the next storm rolls through. If we can make it past tonight (40% chance), then we should have a good dry spell for the next week or so. Keep your fingers crossed!
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It's looking good. hope you get the dry spell. This time of the year it doesn't get warm enough during the day to dry it out good either.

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They got most of the girts up yesterday. It's too sloppy to drive the scissor lift around, so we're just waiting for it to dry out before they can install all the high girts, trusses, & rafters. It's cold today, but sunny & windy. Hopefully, it'll dry out enough for them to work tomorrow.
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Cleary got most of the roof framing up last week. It's really starting to take shape now! There's a few more days of framing to get the various purlins and other small stuff done before the sheet metal goes up.

I just found out that what I thought would be 16"-tall eave lights would actually only have about 6" of clear space due to the interior framing. After a few emails & phone calls this morning, we worked out a way to change the framing so I can get closer to 11" of clear height. It's still not the 16" I was expecting, but it's a whole lot better than 6". It pays to stay friendly with your builder & talk with him daily about what he's doing & what your plans are for finishing the space after he leaves.
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All of the woodwork is done except for framing out two of the walk-in doorways and one window. They've got the steel roofing & soffits installed on both lean-tos. The eave lights are installed between the lean-tos and the center section. I'm told they'll put the roofing on the center section Friday. I'm hoping to have all the subs finished and the concrete floor done by mid-November so I can start finishing the rest of it myself. The whole project is running later than I'd hoped it would, but at least it's getting done. My daughter won't be happy if the ground freezes before we can get the corral built for her horses.

I also finished putting together the timelapse video of the first 9 days or so of construction (last Friday). We're now done with day 13. I think I need to crop in a little further when I do the final video of the entire project so you can see it better. The video is at:
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