I’ve inherited a pole barn with problems, and am looking for some suggestions.
The building was built in 1975 by the local Lion’s club with volunteer help. (The club still owns it – I just take care of the property and equipment for them) Most of the mistakes they made weren’t a big deal – I can live with them. The big problem is the posts.
The posts are something I’ve never seen before. They’re about 5″ square and look to have creosote treated. They’re a real dark brown color. Most of the posts appear to be rotting off just below the slab.
Since the posts hold up the whole building, what the heck can I do about it? Replacing the poles would be incredibly dificult. It would involve taking off the metal siding, pulling nails out of the purlins, supporting the truss, cutting the post loose from the truss, then replacing the post.
The only other option I can imagine is to set another post next to the existing ones and bolt them together. I’d have to cut a hole in the slab and dig a hole next to the existing post. Then set the new post and bolt them together.
I rented a concrete saw a few days ago and cut the slab around one post, just to see what I was up against. There doesn’t appear to be any concrete or gravel around the posts – Just dirt. The post I cut off is completely rotted away – You can crumble it with your fingers.
Someone in the club suggested setting a new 6X6 post next to the existing posts on top of the slab and bolting them together. I don’t think that’s a good idea fpor 2 reasons. First, the slab is only 4″ or so, and won’t support the weight for long.
Second, the building gets it’s racking resistance party from the posts being set in the ground. If it all just sat on top of the slab, there would be little to keep the whole building from blowing away.
The building is 30 X 90 , with trusses set 9′ O.C.
So anybody have any brilliant thoughts? Or am I on the right track?
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