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Labor Day Barn Projects Part 2…

Ok, here is the second reason for the and work party…there were a few minor details to finish up on the actual barn itself. The final inspection was scheduled for the next day, and we had a couple minor details from the inspectors punch list left.

Here’s a picture of some of the last bits of trim up under the front edge of the eaves of the barn:

And here is the proverbial last nail, well ok, actually I think there was one more nail in the corner here that I didn’t catch a photo of, but hey, second to last nail:

And, last, but not least, the all important paper…and a well deserved drink…

Ok, I’ll explain what this is. This paper is the official final inspection sign off from the building inspector. Meaning that for all legal purposes, the Barn is complete! But as anyone with a major project and a tinkering attitude knows, it’s never really complete…

Pretty Gravel…

It may sound ridiculous, but getting this gravel spread around the barn was so huge. It will keep dust down in the dry season, and allow better access during subsequent muddy hell days. Here’s couple angles of the “finished” gravel project.

We laid down I think it was 6-foot wide weed cloth under the gravel, and as I got better at driving the skid steer, we didn’t have to do many wheel barrow loads. did the majority of the fine level spreading by hand, but I was able to get most of the bulk fairly close to the needed areas.

This was our reward for our hard work, a day of fun at Heavenly Resort.

No, Really, More Barn Stuff…

Ok, here’s some actual barn stuff, I promise.

This was the tracked skid steer we rented from the local Home Depot. We had a lot of work ahead of us, and I managed to single handedly end the drought in CA. Well, it just felt like that, but there were several days of rain ahead of my arrival, and it rained through our first day of planning and ordering materials, and well into our actual work day. It was miserable, but the fine folks at don’t take a day off when labor flies in from out of state.

Here’s the Head Goat getting the first shot at operating the rental toy.

Here I am, clearing around the barn, preparing for the gravel. I spend several hours in that thing, and had no idea how tired I was until I got out.

And here’s the truckload of gravel, the special on the wall of the landscape supply place is what we got.  If I remember correctly, it was a special deal on a full truck load 13-yards or so for the price of 10, delivered. For reference, that’s approximately a metric butt ton.

Barn Round 3.3…

Well, here’s looking back at Round 3 of helping build his barn.  Today was hampered by his 10 year old compressor giving up the ghost for dead.  Well, not quite completely for sure, but we stopped before we set fire to the tinder dry Sierra Foothills.  So that took a while to go “to town” and get a new one, and then his generator wasn’t running the compressor correctly so we begged power from a neighbor to test it and finish up the last few boards we knew we could get done.


This was the last piece of fibrecement facia board that we had to install.  Not too bad a job, considering neither of us is a professional carpenter.  Lots of tedious cutting angles and going up and down multiple ladders.  But in the end it really adds to the overall appeal of the barn.  A good design choice.


Here’s a closer shot of one of two edges on the lower roof that I was able to infall the drip edge metal flashing, which is designed to help the roofing system shed water off the roof.  This is the north side, and I also got the lower roof edge on the south side done as well.  Lots of little details you never think of.


Here is the final look of the weekend, with Moby safely parked back “inside” the barn.

Barn Round 3.2…

Here’s the progress we made yesterday. Doesn’t look like much, but that’s what happens when you get two guys building a barn with no home building experience.

This is how we got the almost 12′ long fiber cement trim boards in place on the second story and held them there while we nailed them in. Took us like 2+ hours on the first one to figure it out. Each piece is like 2-3 time as heavy as a regular wood board of equal size.

This was trimming the roof substrate back to the exact edge of the sheeting to install the third high trim board.

Here’s one last picture of the fiddly facia board we had to cut for each of the corners since the runs were like 4″ longer than the boards come in. There were 8 of these fiddly bits on the lower roof, but none on the upper roof fortunately.

Barn Round 3…

Here’s a quick post on our progress, mostly to show my family some pictures of what we’ve been doing.

This is a before shot, but the facia boards are what we did most of on the other 3 sides on both levels.

The first part we did on the back side.

A view of the ladders to get all the way up.

The friend I’m helping up on the upper roof figuring out how to solve a problem.

Making the last few cuts of the day to get boards on the sides of the barn.