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Author Topic: Pole barn repair or rebuild?  (Read 5759 times)

UPoneacre

  • Joined Nov 2013
  • Llanidloes, Powys
Re: Pole barn repair or rebuild?
« Reply #15 on: March 03, 2014, 08:25:51 pm »
Well the options are repair or demolish/rebuild - if the former then you need to know what you are doing and plan each stage of the repairs carefully first; if the latter route you might encounter a need for a planning approval and need to explore that with the local authority.

Looking at the initial photo it looks as though the structure was simply posts and beams forming open fronted bays with minimal diagonal bracing between posts (bit like a toast rack)  with whatever boarding/cladding is fitted to it - is that correct? If so it has limited structural stability and any wind loading on the end of the structure will tend to push it over because it's relying solely on the feet of the posts being sound and securely bedded in the ground for lateral stiffness (plus any bonus stiffness from fixed boarding) - the absence of diagonal structural braces resulting in the visible lean left to right in the pic when it fails.

Old telegraph poles have been a valuable resource for replacing poles in barns primarily because their timber preservative treatment is among the best available - worth hunting on the net for suppliers. The only problem I can see for you in that is the access/transport limitations you mentioned earlier.

The decision to repair or not hinges on just how much of the structural members are defective or salvageable and you need to assess that fully by inspection. First priority would be to make the structure safe to work on by propping/shoring up, stripping back to bare structural frame and then repairing/replacing members as needed working in sequence bay by bay. If you take it logically and carefully it's workable - I wouldn't write it off out of hand.
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