Normal 0 How to Build a Pole Barn – Using Straightforward and Easy Pole Barn Plans
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§Detailed Parts List §Step by Step instructions §Pictures and Illustrations §Roof Plan and Rafter Design §Wall Frame Design and Instruction
If you have never built a pole barn before the whole task can seem pretty daunting. The easiest way to get over this is to plan for success – in fact just break down the process into five key areas. If you do this you will understand your plan and completion of the project will be much easier.
The five steps to successfully complete a pole barn project are:
Firstly you need to select your site. You should take into consideration the proximity of any large trees – they have big hefty root systems that are hard to get through. You also need to think about how flat the area is, is it prone to flooding or does water stand on it for a long time after rainfall.Ideally you should select a flat area to build on – you can build against a slope, but this means a lot of moving of earth and you will also have the problem of rainwater running down the slope potentially into your building. Once the ground is level check your pole barn plans and double check that the area that you have prepared is the correct size for your pole barn.
Ensuring your plot is completely square
The next task is to erect the vertical poles that will support the whole structure. This is the key to the whole build and ensuring that the poles are entirely square is the key to the whole build. An easy way to do this is by using a ‘stake and string method’. Firstly take a length of string a couple of feet longer that the length of the side of your pole barn. Conventionally, for a single storey structure poles are planted into the ground 8’ apart so you may want to use this measurement as your starting point. Tie a stake at either end of the string and place the stakes into the ground using a hammer in the position you wish the sidewall to be. Repeat this process for the opposite side wall being careful to ensure that the distance between the two lengths of string is exactly the distance of the end walls. The easiest way to do this is to make two lengths of timber with the correct measurement. Now find the centre ofthe pole barn. This is very easily achieved by running strings diagonally between the opposite stakes – were they cross is the centre point. Now stake this position and tie a string to the stake. Now stretch the string so that is bisects each ‘corner’ of the barn along the two strings. Mark this position for each corner – you will now have a perfectly square floor plan.
Dig your holes were you have marked the plot remembering to put them deep enough to be below the level that frost penetrates the ground if this is a consideration in your area. As a guide in temperate areas 36 inches should be deep enough. Place the poles into the ground ensuring that the posts you have chosen are the correct length – if your walls are 8’ feet tall and you are digging 3 feet down your poles should be 11’ long. Before fixing attach temporary wooden spars to the two outside sections and push these into the ground. These will hold the pole exactly vertical in all directions until the fixing material (concrete or post crete) has gone off.Wall Framing Once the poles are in place and securely anchored you can construct your wall frames. These are simple wooden skeletons which can include provision for windows and door apertures.Once these are completed they can be fixed into place between the posts.
Framing the Roof on Your DIY Pole Barn Plans
This is probably the most difficult part of the build and careful checking against you pole barn plans is highly recommended. It is best to pre measure and cut the timber required in advance using the measurements contained in your pole barn plans.
Ensure that you also have the correct number of metal plates and brackets to reinforce the joists.
It is also important to space your joists correctly bearing in mind the dimensions of the roof material that you will be using.
You can now clad the roof of your structure. All of this is really not as hard as it sounds, so long as you carefully follow your pole barn plans.
Alternatively, you can purchase preformed joists from your local builders merchants.
Now you can erect your side panels. There are a number of options open to you, with the two most common being wood and metal sheeting. My own preference is to use tongue and groove as this gives a better finish and is easier to work with around door and window openings.