Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Barn Renovation--Stage Five--The Floor Joists and Deck

There have been a lot of deliveries to the farm lately. Concrete deliveries, beam deliveries, and now wood deliveries.

In our quest to renovate one of our barns, the next job was to put the floor joists on top of the bond beam to form the floor of the second story. Fortunately, the delivery truck came equipped with a crane to help unload the wood. We asked if the driver would unload the joists on top of the building. He was willing. The Farmer walked along the top of the wall to direct the swinging bundle of joists into position.

While The Farmer's father helped guide the process with a 2 x 4.

Once all the bundles were unloaded on the top of the wall, it was time to cut the strapping tape and spread them out.

Each one was nailed into position, and spacers were placed between them at each end.

After the joists were all in place, it was time to lay the plywood on for the deck. We lifted the plywood up with our handy skidsteer. Don't know what we would have done without this piece of equipment over the years. It's always breaking, and needs constant TLC. But when it works, it's a wonderful thing.

The deck laying resembled a party. Lots of family members came out to help, and we had many people willing to play a supervisory role from lawn chairs down below. Here's one of our daughters wielding a nail gun. She seems to be happiest when she's working with power tools. She did not get that from me.

Stay tuned for more posts on the barn. It's really changing the skyline at Shady Side Farm.


  1. I've really enjoyed reading about your busy summer, Lona, you've done a great job blogging about it! Will you all be taking some time to go up to West Branch or need to stay home and work to stay ahead of the weather?

    Can't wait to see the finished project (bet you can't either!)

    1. Cary, we fully intended to head up to West Branch for the festival. But several events and situations have sort of collided on that weekend, and it's very clear that we won't be able to make it. And, yeah, we are kind of sad about it. That was our one chance at a "vacation" this summer.

  2. Wow, what a job! I have been tucking my head in the sand and missed a few blog posts so it was fun seeing what you guys are up to :) Will miss you next weekend!

    1. We will miss you, too, My8kidsmom. Enjoy your time up there, and say hi to everyone for us...


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