I decided this spring
that it was time to either figure out how to replace the barn roof or
to tear the whole thing down. Honestly, I covet that flat, sunny
growing space, but Mark has pretty much convinced me that it would cost
as much to dismantle such a huge structure as to fix it up so that we
can use it (and I do need more room to cure
sweet potatoes), so
we started saving our pennies. Rather than going on vacation,
this year we're going to be buying tin and hiring someone (or multiple
someones) to clamber up to the top of the huge pole barn and get it
back in shape.
been trying to find a dependable local guy who doesn't mind walking
half a mile through the muck to the job site --- no luck so far.
The barn was built to dry tobacco, which means it's absurdly high, and
I really don't want to climb up there (or to see Mark in such a
precarious position.) Do you have any ideas for how to find
someone crazy enough to work in our weird environment other than to
keep trying out every handyman we meet in town? How much do you
think someone would charge to do that kind of job? How many days
do you think it would take? I know there are specialized roofing
companies, but I suspect they're going to balk at the working
Meanwhile, I want to go
ahead and order the roofing metal so that we can drive it in the next
time the ground is dry enough. Sometime in the last decade, the
previous owners of the property stuck new tin on top of the central
section of the barn, and that area (nearly) doesn't leak, so I think we can just replace the two
rows of tin below the good section. Of course, roofing tin needs
to overlap, so you should really start at the bottom of the roof and
work your way up rather than at the top and work your way down.
Do you think it'll be feasible to pry up the bottom of the top tin to
slide new tin underneath?
I'm also just a tad bit
confused about how large the roofing panels are. A hasty
measuring session in the pouring rain shows that the barn is roughly 45
feet long by 36 feet wide, and the roof extends a bit further in each
direction. Each row of tin has 26 panels in it, so I suspect the
tin is the same 24 inches wide that the tin off the old house was, but
how long are the pieces? Short of climbing up in the rafters and
measuring the barn height, I figured I might be able to get away with
some photographic math. If the horizontal distance from the center of the
barn to the edge of the roof overhang is right around 19 feet, it looks
like the height from that line to the peak is roughly 8 feet, which
would make the tin on one side of the barn about 21 feet long.
These measurements would make sense if the original builders used three
sections of 8 foot tin, overlapping each one a bit to prevent leaks.
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my math isn't wrong, I'm thinking we need 104 pieces of eight foot by 2
foot "corrugated ribbed steel roof panels," aka "5V tin."
Presumably we need a bunch of roofing nails or screws too, and I'm
tempted to go ahead and have gutters installed on each side to take
advantage of that amazing rainwater catchment opportunity --- we could
be capturing 48,000 gallons of water every year if we had the
facilities. I think channeling that water somewhere other than the
forest garden would prevent the current gully erosion and waterlogged
conditions, and free water is nothing to sneeze at.
We're still very much in
the planning stages, and I'd love to get some expert advice before we
spend such a huge lump of money. Any amateur or professional
builders out there who can check my math or tell me where I'm barking
up the wrong tree?