Friday, October 12, 2012

Friday Farm Fun- Two Person Barn Raising

Last weekend my husband and I put up six more poles for our barn/hay shed. I took pictures of the last pole we put in so you could see the process. 
Here the pole has been dragged over to the 8' deep hole. 

Now the pole is being slid into the hole so the pole will stand  up slightly and  I can wrap a chain around it as it is straightened.

Using the bale forks to keep the pole from going sideways the pole is stood on end in the  hole.

The pole is shimmed in the hole to snuggle it up to the rope we used to line the poles up.

Before the backhoe can move away from the pole dirt has to be shoveled around the base to hold it in place. We usually fill the hole about half way. 

Not sure why half of the photo isn't showing but that's the 8' deep hole dug with the backhoe that we put the poles in.

Once we've shoveled enough dirt in to hold the pole then hubby uses the backhoe to finish the job. 
This is the final phase where he smooths out all the dirt.
And this is the barn so far. We have more poles to put on either side and then the roof. The shorter  poles that look like a wide archway is where a lean-to will go for the horses to get out of the weather and off to the side of that will be the tack room. Updates will be forthcoming as we continue to build.


Stephanie said...

Great job and I don't envy you. How are you going to get the rafters up? My husband is going to build a hay barn as soon as he retires.

Stephanie said...

Are you going to Emerald City?

Paty Jager said...

We plan on stacking hay in the middle and using boards as scaffolding when we put up the rafters. And no, I'm not going to Emerald City this year. It seems like everyone I know is, but I'll be at a conference in Pendleton that weekend.

Genene Valleau, writing as Genie Gabriel said...

Wow, impressive! Wondered if you were building the barn/hay shed around the hay.

Paty Jager said...

Hi Genene, Yes we do things different than most we used what resources we have. So the hay will be our scaffolding.

Anonymous said...

Paty, awesome work. Don't you just love the backhoe forks, I love ours. What a great invention. Keep up the good work. Can't wait to see the finished product.

Paty Jager said...

Hi Carmen, Yes! The backhoe forks are so useful.