Building the Horse Barn
This is the story and journey of my horse barn build. Originally documented on my Instagram account, I thought it would be fun to compile it all here on Daddykirbs.com!
Horse Barn – Site Assessment and Stakes
It’s not a horse barn, but it’s a start. 36 feet long and 12 feet deep. That should accommodate 2 horses and a hay storage room just fine. I was a bit concerned that this structure would be too big for this area, but after staking it off… looks like it’s gonna be fine.
What is Luke building here? Hmm, he’s doing a nice job making those corners square 😉 Video ion Wed about this project.
Here’s a closer look at the corner piece. Oh, what could be going on here?
Here’s the video that shows the method I used to make the corners squared.
Horse Barn – Materials and Equipment
Delivered! That is a lot of lumber! Luke, when will you reveal your secret?
Big thanks to my neighbor for coming down to help out with the post holes! Too bad my rocky soil broke the auger before all 11 holes were dug 😕 … 9.5 holes is still a lot to be grateful for!
Horse Barn – It’s Taking Shape!
The sun dropped too soon this evening. 10 out of 11 poles are stood up in the holes. Not a lot of video taken due to just gettin’ it done! Those 16 foot poles are super heavy. Thanks to my buddy Eric for some heavy lifting!
Horse Barn progress. Getting tge posts squared up and level is a very important step in making a pole barn. I have no tips… just string it, line it up, level… redo if necessary.
5 posts vertically level and braced. 1 end tied together. 1 corner and 1 side lined up and on a 90 degree angle. So far so good.
That little tractor has saved my back so many times! These 6x6x16 posts are HEAVY! There’s no way I was gonna muscle these bad boys around on my own. One little Kubota and a Kayak strap did the trick.
When you get tired of losing those rusty old framing squares and realize there is a can of high visibility spray paint sitting right there.
The come along tool was just right for bringing some post tops together as this horse barn skeleton nears completion.
Horse Barn – The Framing is Nearly Complete!
All the poles are in the ground! Yes, that means that the last hole that was dug by hand is finally finished. Whew, I’m glad that’s over LOL. The skeleton of this barn is nearly completed. The rafter boards are still in a pile on the ground, but that will be changing very soon.
More horse barn updates soon!
Thank you for being a part of my journey!