The massive posts are all almost in place! The building team has done a lot of work in the last couple days and done it quickly. They've got to take advantage of the beautiful weather.
The barn site has gone from a 7 foot tall pad of dirt to actually looking like there will be a building there soon. There were 30 posts that go in the 30 holes they drilled last week which are now all almost up. The largest of these posts are 30 feet tall. Think about how big that is. It's huge!
None of us knew exactly how they were going to get these big posts into those holes, but they did it with ease. I guess after putting hundreds of these posts up in the past, it really helps.
Enjoy some video below of one of the big 30 footers going into a 5 foot deep hole. It's quite a show.
It's a busy barn site!
View of barn from front
View of barn from back
Concrete in holes as added protection and stability
Getting a 30 foot long post into it's 5 foot deep hole
Another angle getting the 30 footer into place
Manhandling it just into the perfect position
Nailing on the support braces
More nailing for more support
And of course every great barn building team has a great barn dog
This is some really neat background information on why Barn Pros builds barns the way they do:
One of the oldest construction designs is the post-frame building system. Post-frame buildings have been erected for centuries, having the ability to carry the structural load to the earth through columns rather than a perimeter foundation. This design was particularly useful in areas that were some distance from foundation materials or when dealing with unbuildable topography. Today it is used on all types of property…rough, flat, rural or urban. Not just when it is necessary but because it is desirable.
Post-frame construction can provide relief from expensive perimeter foundations and add flexibility in design while reducing labor costs. Structures built on wood columns were not considered permanent before the 20th century and the development of chemically treated round poles and sawn posts. The U.S. nationwide electricity grid created a demand for increased longevity in wood poles and spurred the solution of treating electric utility poles by soaking them in petroleum based water proofing. This meant rural buildings such as “pole barns” were expected to last several generations instead of several years.
The invention and development of pressure treating poles and posts further preserved the post-frame design as well as extending the longevity of the structures. Now the posts we use are pressure treated with an AWPA rating of UC4B, which means they meet the treatment standards required for commercial wood pilings and wood utility poles. We are occasionally asked about the wisdom of embedding structural posts in concrete. Embedding posts in concrete is not only recommended but also required by building codes for structural stability. That fact is unfamiliar to most, however, the International Building Code (IBC) and International Residential Code (IRC) rules, regulations and codes specific to post-frame buildings are well known to our structural engineers, with post-frame specialty and experience.
Stay tuned...we can hear the concrete truck coming...