Well, after a trip to Washington Island to revisit some of my former students and fellow teachers 40 years after teaching there, and heading to Milwaukee last weekend for Niece, Cassie's wedding, finally decided to get on with the barn straightening.
I put an 8 foot hardwood plank on each side of the barn, just under the eave on the SE side that needs to come in 8 inches, and at haymow floor on the opposite side. I will be pulling down and in as I try bring a trapezoid back to a rectangle.
|The SE corner of the barn has tipped out about 8 inches. The bottom siding board is off as I replaced the rotten sill on the south and have to replace the vertical studs (scab new 16 footers along the old ones and renail the siding).|
|This is the south west side of the south end of the barn. I took off some of the bad siding. A new sill is in place, but the studs here are rotten too. The moisture from cattle and silo door opening seems to have gone up here and rotted the wood.|
|The plank on the SW lower end to pull against when I try to bring the opposite side top in.|
|The SE upper plank -- the wall that I want to pull in 8 inches.|
|One come-along will pull on a cable and another on a chain. I worry that something might break, so have doubled everything. The rope was to pull the plank up in place and hold it there until I put some tension on it. Can you tell I was a Scoutmaster?|
|SW side of the barn -- I am pulling up and across from that plank outside the wall to the other side. I am hoping the angle will bring in the other side and leave this side alone.|
The experts say you should not straighten a building all at once, but rather pull it a little each day. So for the next week or two, I plan to crank the come-alongs a couple of notches each day until I get the barn a little past straight, then nail a bunch more braces, put in the studs, and maybe leave the cable behind holding it all together when I am done.
So far, so good!