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Project:  Barn Fix
Location:  Northfield, VT
Year Completed:  2009

Many barns around the state are falling apart at the seams but this one had been cared for over it's hundred plus years. With a building like this yearly maintenance is usually the prescription and these homeowners had done their part.  Unfortunately some poor grading many years ago had created an earthen ramp into the main floor of the barn and rotted out the gable end sill beam and the bottom of a main gable end post.  

Our approach was to first rectify the grading problem that was causing the rot in the first place.  We installed drainage around the uphill two sides of the barn and re-graded so their was a drainage swale around those sides of the barn.  This created the need to build a entrance bridge for tractors and utility vehicles.   We then focused on fixing the rot by replacing the rotted beam up until a logical joint after the rot stopped.  We also had to remove the bottom of one of the gable end post and install a new piece.  This took some tricky joinery and the use of reinforcing steel.  The post has a 2" "key" in the bottom that locks it's position to the sill and the steel brackets reinforced that joint as well as the vertical tenon used to mate old with new.  The final major piece of this project was to remove the old hinged doors which were hard to operate and sagging and replace them with new, custom built sliding doors on overhead track.  

The end result was a sturdy and long lasting fix to a maintenance issue that helped keep a tremendous structure upright and functioning.  
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