The Hay Barn

Back in the Spring of 2007 we started to build our hay barn, some pieces like the trusses we built and welded at our construction company yard in Boulder City, Nv then hauled them up to the farm when we were ready to weld them .  With the help of my son Clint in welding, son in law Chris Benson who did the cad and design work, friend and welder / mechanic Noel Cowley we set out to build a barn to keep our hay in and our equipment in during the winter months. With the snow and rain during the winter months its been good to have a dry place to park everything equipment wise we have.  It also has given a pair of rather large Barn Owls a place to live. They decorate much of the equipment for us with whatever they chose to drop on it from above. By spring everything is in need of a bath.

The framing completed the center section was done in about a week and ready for the roofing crew to come in and place the metal sheeting on the roof. Up to this point we had done the work ourselves. The roofing we hired out to a firm from the St. George, Ut. area ” James Brown Roofing” It sounded like a better deal to me as my hands tend to blister pretty badly when pushing on a screw gun for some reason. The barn at this stage was 22′ high to the underside of the truss, 36′ wide by 80′ long under the roof. We needed to be able to dump the bale wagon inside which raises up some 18′ at it highest point while unloading to make the hay stack rows. We can hold three rows with approx. 1100 bales in each row in the center section of the barn.

The guys from James Brown Roofing made short work out this phase of the work. I’m sure what they did in two days would have taken much longer for us to do. Those 36′ long sheets of metal did not look like fun to deal with up there in the sun all day on top of the roof with the wind we get.

With summer coming to an end and the barn full of hay needing to be hauled out over the winter we stopped any more work on the barn till the spring of 2008 when it was empty again. No need for a barn fire with all of that welding going on up there.

The two sides were added on to the main center section. Each 28′ x 80′ and an average of 15′ tall inside brought the total to 7,900 sgft of floor space and a total of 132,200 cubic feet of covered storage. For most of the year the two new sides are home to balers, swathers & a few other misc. pieces of haying equipment. Some days you will even find a couple of nice Buck Mule Deer hanging out back there in the shade.

My son Clint is doing the welding and his assistant standing by or maybe just standing around not really sure which is going here.  This photo was taken on one of the nice days. During construction we had all kinds of weather to be welding and erecting steel in. From cold windy rainy days in the 30’s to some nice calm days were temperature may have been in the 50’s. You never know in the spring and the fall around here what your going to get.  That’s how we build barns. Oh ya there was some 105 yards of mud in those footings holding this puppy down. It has withstood some 100 mph gusts out there already. Lets hope it withstands them all.  All sheet metal and red iron framing steel was provided by Copper Roofing in Las Vegas by our good friend Scott Donnelly. The steel beams and large structural steel used in the various projects has been from Economy Steel in Las Vegas

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