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New pole barn- anyone ever build a raised wood floor

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acroeric
Join Date: Sep 2004
Posts: 2 Mebane, NC
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2004-09-08          95972


I recently purchesed a 35 acre farm and need a shop for my woodworking tools really bad. I have collected enough power poles, rough cut 2x8's, and roofing metal to construct a 24x24 building. My primary use will be the restoration of antique aircraft which are all very lightweight structures. I have cypress boards to use as on exterior walls. The building will be heated. My question is what type of flooring options do I have. I have a ton of lumber (seasoned rough cut pine 2x8 and 2x10) and would really like to do a raised wood floor similar to what I did in my small shed type building. My question is how do I attach the floor to the poles and square everything up? I really want to avoid the high cost of a concrete slab.

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Archdean
Join Date: Jul 2004
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2004-09-08          95977


Find a level line around all four corners then scab a plate (your choice I would at least a 4" something or 2 rough cut 2" somethings together as this will allow for expansion ) fill the center lines with block or whatever and lay rough lumber on top of block, at 2' intervels this will give the floor support and at the proper nailing space, use nothing less than 3/4 ply or your own rough cut 2" but be prepared for a floor that will always be working and never remaining as levgel as the first day you put it down not to mention it is a moisture trap!!

I just poured 6 yards of floor mix 5 sac it was only $350.00 Delivered

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Archdean
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2004-09-08          95979


Sorry I really didn't answer your question "anyone ever build a raised wood floor" Yes i have and it is still good after 10 years, Here's how to do it:
1. use creosoted railroad ties spaced 2'on center with at least 4" inches of gravel underneath or at least above water level!! Then lay 3/4" ply or your rough cut accross the leveled ties!
Dean ....

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acroeric
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2004-09-08          95980


Dean- Thanks for the info- nice Cessna 170. I am a pilot, mechanic, IA ect. If it has a tailwheel I have probably flown it. . . never on floats though. My farm has a little 1200 ft. airstrip. After the pole barn comes the hanger.
Send me some photos of what you are talking about- I am really good with building stuff just new to pole barns and construction. ....

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2004-09-08          95986


This is my present project!
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Join Date: Oct 2003
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2004-09-10          96105


Areoeric
Setting your poles square first is the trick,not sure if your poles are in yet? if not, get some uniform size hardwood stakes and set them in a sq. 24x24. Measure diagonal corners until they are exactly the same.You only move the stake half the distance each time.example:
you have set out a 24x24 but it measures 22x26 when checked diag. move your corner stake in 1' not two. on the 26 side
and so forth until your sq. Run a string around the bottom
a couple of inches up and set your middle poles,(stake)get a can of marker paint and paint the ground following the string.
This will keep you from loosing your ref. while setting the poles.I assume you will use a auger of some type.(know anyone will access to a power line truck with a boom to set poles?) Cut them off on top after they are set. Be sure to check them as you go with the diag. and string this will make it easier with the rest of the building. Another way to keep it sq. that I use is the 3,4,5, method.
Starting in any corner,measure 3' along your string(wall) and mark it,measure 4' along the other (wall) and mark it.
The measurement between the marks should be 5'. You can multiply this out to sq. the whole building 6,8,10, 12,16,20, in your case. I assume you would set 9 poles for a 24x24 this means one in the middle of the floor to set your carrier on.cut off at you desired hieght of bottom of the floor. You will need a transit to set the floor, as well to cut of your tops at a equal height. Mark all the
bottoms where you want your finish floor, I would leave it of the ground at least a foot to the bottom of the stringers.(air flow and crawling in to fix something.)
I would lag bolt (1/4 x6 star head with a big drill works good)a 2x10 around the perimeter on your marks. You can shim with shingles to get your desired dimesion, Do you straightest wall first and measure over to the other and shim if needed. I wouldn't worry to much about getting it perfect,just rip your last floor board to fit.
Hard to do using telephone poles, but it's a barn.
You might consider styrofoam between the floor stringers before decking over. Cut at a slight bevel on a table saw
and press in. Fiberglass insl. could hold moisture that close to the ground. Hope this helps.
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