Monday, November 5, 2012

Keep it together

We have a barn on our farm that's over 100 years old.  My great great grandpa Warren Casterline built it. 

It's built the way you want a barn to be - sturdy, well-done.  It's served as the milk parlor, a calf barn, and now we use it for bale storage. 

However, everything needs a little lift now and then, right? 

We've cabled the barn.  That means we had the builder come and drive really long, huge screws into the beams.  Then they stretched a cable to the other side of the barn and drove screws into that side. 

Then, you stick a crowbar in the hole you can see in the picture and turn it.  It brings the barn together slowly and carefully.  The cables are permanent.

When I was growing up, we had a barn on our property that was obviously ready to collapse.  We weren't allowed to go near it, because my parents were afraid it would fall right on top of us.  They decided to knock it down and ... it wouldn't go!  They used tractors, they used brute force - it was kind of comical that a building that looked so fragile was really so strong. 

We did this because the cables will help extend the life of the barn.  Hopefully it'll outlast all of us.

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