Saturday, April 2, 2011

Slope stabilization and barn columns - Check!

On Sunday, 3/27, we finished the slope stabilization/erosion blanket project. Turns out that we had only gotten about 1/3 of it done on the first day. At first we were laughing and joking about the project but by 2:30 or 3:00 we were exhausted. Bill is in incredible shape and can climb up and down hills in mud all day long - he is going to be a great farmer!

It will be interesting to see how this turns out. This was a lot of work, effort and expense - so we are hopeful that we can stablize the slope AND get ahead of the invasives. We're going to have to learn how to do a burn because there is no way we can mow this area. Additionally, Bill finished the columns in the barn and has started cabling it together. Using wire rope and come-alongs he is pulling the areas with broken columns back together. I wasn't there when he was doing it (was working at the church/house) but he said it was creaking and groaning. I think I am glad I wasn't there!

One of the new concrete footings

We are in the upper part of the barn and sliding the beam down thru a hole in the floor to rest on the footing down in the lower barn.

This is all the siding from the summer kitchen that I took down a couple of years ago

Most of the beams that you can see in this photo are new

(Great light coming thru the slats!)

Bill is standing on the scaffolding and chain sawing through one of the old oak timbers to install the new beams

Photo of the beam resting on the new footing


Hot Belly Mama said...

Impressive! I am going to show my husband this as soon as he wakes up. We have an old garage that is falling apart (but has good foundation) about 30 feet away from our stone cottage. This would be a great project for us to do in attaching the two buildings using your photo as an idea.

It's looking wonderful!

angie said...


Keep me posted on how it goes. Good luck!

Jenna Gayle said...

When we burn our fields off we have a big sprayer on the back of the golf cart to zip around and catch all the stray lines of fire. If we didn't have this we'd be seriously screwed!! That is my 2 cents of advice! :)