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Will the concrete slab in a partially heated shed conduct a lot of heat to the unconditioned area?

I have a barn-garage type outbuilding (I believe it was a small barn originally; it has that kind of tall, roomy upper loft). It's about 40 by 20 feet. It's got a concrete foundation and the lower ...
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Pros and Cons of a Pole Barn House

Just ran across the idea of using a pole barn for a full time house. We would use it more for a cabin (barn) in the woods but the idea is intriguing. Everything I read says its more affordable but ...
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Can I lay new foundations under 'Permitted Development' of a barn?

If a barn has 'Permitted Development' (UK), I understand that structural modifications can take place (new walls, windows etc.), but can, if needed, new foundations be made?
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Is 16x20 feet big enough for a 2 car garage?

I have an existing structure that is currently a single car that i'd like to convert to a two car garage; it measures 16x20 feet. The two garage doors would be mounted on the longest side (20 feet). ...
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How to make pressure treated wood look old quickly

We are adding a porch onto our old tobacco barn and are using pressure treated lumber. We started in July to prepare for my daughter's outdoor wedding in late October. I would like for the porch wood ...
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How do I get a lawnmower in and out of an old barn?

I have a barn/large coup built in the 1890s in my back yard. It's foundation is just a 3 foot deep concrete pour around the perimeter. Later they filled half of it with concrete on half the floor. ...
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Sill plate alternatives when *not* using pressure treated wood?

I have a barn I am restoring. I do not want to use pressure treated wood for the sole plate or sill plate. My carpenter would use 4 x6 locust at 12 foot lengths, but we cannot find any. Can anyone ...
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What can I build/use for a door in an old barn?

I have a very small barn/chicken coop on my land that we basically use as a shed. It currently has a standard door on it. However I just got a new riding lawnmower and would like to store it in said ...
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Cleaning up very old oak and other hardwood roof beams

I am building a stone barn and have just acquired an assortment of very old oak and other hardwood beams (with nails, dirt, the lot) to be used to construct the barn roof. A lot of this wood is filthy ...
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Is it safe to use barn wood indoors for furniture, trim, walls and ceilings?

I am renovating a farm house built in the late 1800's. I am planning on tearing down the barn from the same era and using some of the wood to finish trim etc. I believe the moisture content is good 7 ...
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Cheap solution for underside of barn overhang (soffit, siding, something else?)

My wife and I bought a house and it has a barn with an overhang by the entry door on the side. The 2x6s (I think that's what they are) are exposed and the birds love it. There is also a little gap at ...
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Can you extend rake edge on existing gable?

I have a barn on my property with a decent roof - (shingles look good and may have another 5-8 years on them). The rake edge on the gable, however, is perfectly flush with the sides of the barn, NO ...
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How can I seal this hanging electrical outlet in my horse barn?

I really am not a fixer type of gal but this seems like it should be simple enough. Please respond appropriately for someone who has limited knowledge. I have a hanging outlet in my horse barn. ...
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How do you wire a light fixture with only black and white wires?

How do you wire a light fixture if from a light fixture that was already there and I have a white wire with smaller wires inside to use to install. The 2 wires are black, and one white wire. Why isn't ...
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How should I insulate a room built into a metal barn?

I'm building a room into our (existing) barn; how should I best go about insulating it? The barn is a Morton building -- pole barn construction, metal siding. It's closed on three sides but open on ...
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6x6 Cedar posts for yard barn, should I glue them?

I am building a yard barn/shed, that uses cedar posts as the outside framing of the gable ends. I was planning on just drilling and lag-bolting the posts together (plugging the holes) but do you ...