Monday, August 30, 2010

The siding goes up... slowly

We have to put siding up on either end of the barn.  It sounds simple - just nail up the siding.  Unfortunately it goes slowly.  First you have to put up the structure that goes behind the siding to hold it up.  Then you have to measure and cut the siding.  The big sheets at the bottom were easy - they went up whole.  Our biggest problem was getting them even and getting the pieces to fit together.  The upper pieces were harder - we had to measure and cut, carry them up the ladder, figure out they were still too big, take them back and remeasure and cut again.

The barn starts to look more like a building instead of skeleton, though, when it has siding up.

We'll be working in the evenings this week to see if we can at least finish this end.  The north end is going to take more work as we first have to put down the floor for the tack room and then hang the siding.  But it is coming along.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Putting in Stall Walls

Now that we have dirt in the barn, we're ready for some stall walls.  We had the bottom board down on the two outside long walls and down the barn aisle, so Spencer started putting the walls in on the outer walls while I moved dirt around.  We got several walls done, and he finished the rest the next weekend while I was away.  It was a nice surprise to come home and find all of the outer stall walls and all the walls along the barn aisle up.

Then we spent the next weekend getting the most of the interior walls up.  We cannot do the end walls until we have the outside siding up, but that'll come soon.  The stall walls aren't done yet - we still have to put a vertical 2 x 4 up in the middle of each stall wall.  That helps pull the wall together and eliminates gaps and bulges.