Barn Salvage Operation
July 2012 => Ithaca, NY
This fine barn was built in the middle of the 1800s just west of Ithaca, NY. Sometime in the 1980s, the barn developed a lean. With a tight roof and good siding, most of the wood inside remained in good shape -- but the structural problems meant that the days of this barn were numbered.
Barn from the Air
The Salvage Operation
This barn was built with (real dimensions) 3x5" roof members, wide (20"+) oak floor boards, and the usual hand-hewn beams.
It turns out one-or-two people can take down a barn of this size in about five days.
Lacking a crane or cherry-picker, we left the roof intact. We started with the siding to provide light, then took up the floors. After that, we took down as much of the frame as possible before pulling it over.
Day 1 Before-and-After
Day 2 Before-and-After, 2nd Floor
We burned broken pieces of siding and other wood we wouldn't be able to use.
And then made stacks of the salvaged barn wood.
Day 4 Before-and-After
Pulling over the barn involved two simple tools: straps and a come-a-long.
site created 7.2012 by spencer