Everyone told me I could not move a steel covered pole barn,
particularly without cutting off the poles at ground level. Well, the
barn is now on my property. The barn is 18 ft. wide, and 27 ft. long.
The peak of the roof is about 15 feet, except the poles were in the
ground by 3 ft. So, by the time I jacked it up, got it on a wagon,
and set it on two long beams placed on top of blocks, it sat nearly 20
feet in the air.
I discovered that to move the entire building I'd have to use two hay
wagons (somehow) connected together. I decided that it would be
easier to remove the roof of the center section (all poles are spaced
9 ft. apart). I took the roof apart in the middle section, and
removed the two middle sections of walls. Then I used my tractor
loader to lift it out of the ground, get the wagon under it, and get
the beams under it the whoe thing. What I ended up with was two
sections standing on 5 poles (the right end and the left end). Plus
the two center section walls and roof in pieces. I pulled each
section home with my tractor.
I now have it standing on it's poles in roughly it's permanent
location, and well secured with come-alongs, cables and chains in case
we get winds.
Now comes the only problem. How in the heck do it get the ends to
lines up so when I insert the middle wall sections and roof, the walls
are straight? On top of that, I have to be real precise in spacing or
the walls and roof steel will not fit together properly. In other
words, the holes for the poles must be spaced precisely, and the two
ends of the building must be exactly lined up. I have been scratching
my head for several days trying to figure this out.
Does anyone know some way to get this lined up?
I have a tape measure, laser level, and string. But how do I do it?
Note, I stretched the string from end to end, and either the one end
is off, or the other, and then I am still not dealing with the spacing
between the two halves. Would I be better attaching the center walls
Before I dig the holes? One other thing to consider is that the walls
are not 100% straight from roof to ground after the move. I used
brace boards but there was some flexing after going thru several
steep and bumpy crop fields and then down our gravel road.
A laugh goes along with this. I asked the local sheriffs about taking
this down the road. I figured if they had a problem with it, I could
take it all the way thru fields and cattle pastures, but the road was
a much shorter and easier route. The sheriffs said that our road is
not a majorly used road, so just be careful and they advised I had
someone help direct traffic. Well, I got every one of the older
neighbor kids to volunteer to assist directing traffic ON HORSEBACK.
They had lots of fun. I got a good laugh too, because when we started
and one of the horses saw that barn moving, his eyes bugged out and he
decided it was time to spin around and run home. The boy had to get
another (more experienced) horse.