Well I have been a busy puppy for the last two and a half weeks. I went to the farm on 2/19/10 to get ready to have a new pole barn put up. That we have been wanting for the last three years. The first thing to do was get the farmall 130 out and push the snow off of our 1/4 mile of private road. So I could get the truck up to the trailer we stay in. Then I had to replace the blown hyd hose to the tilt cylinder on the dozer and get that going. And fire up the loader and push back all the snow banks and widen the road so they could get two semi's up there pulling 52' trailers.
The materials are supposed to be dropped off on the 24th and building starts on 26th and I still do not have a building permit
The address we applied for sept 25th is not for our property so I cannot get a permit. Monday I head to the Soo. With my plot book and maps to get it straitened out. All worried that it was going to take a long time to get it corrected. It ended up being a simple mistake. Our address got mixed up with someone elses. A beautiful lady that works at the state equalization office printed me out the right address and I was off again. I should have ask her out for a date
Now back to town to start the building permit. I get the paperwork and stop at the county road commission and ask them to plow and sand the seasonal road to my gate. So the semi's won't get stuck or slide off the slippery road to my place.
Tuesday the county plows and sands the road all the way to my trailer
Gotta love being Up north
After filling out the building permit. Carefully measuring off the property lines to where the building is going to go up and taking pictures. I take the paper work back into town to have it looked over and get started. Oops the township hall does not open until noon. Back to the farm. I still have to put sand on the last 400' of road and build a ramp into the building area to get the trucks in. I go back to town and turn the paper work in. The guy that has to sign off on the first part does not come in until about 2pm. So back to the farm and fire up the loader and dump truck. Fuel filters are plugged up and maybe water in the tank from it sitting out side for the last three years. I call at 2:15 and the paper work is ok'ed and signed. I go pick it up. Now it needs to go to the Soo for the building inspector to ok and sign. But I need to call and make a appointment as he is really busy and is in the field alot. He is not in right now so I stop at napa to get new filters for the loader.
They do not have them in stock but can have them in the morning for me. I am able to get the loader running long enough to get three truck loads of gravel. Before the filters totaly plug up and it shuts off for good. I could have used more gravel but I got enough to make do. It was well after dark before I got done spreading it out.
Wednesday the the first truck shows up at 7:30 am. Gets up the road and to the building site without a problem. The second truck show up 15 minutes after the first one leaves. I have to wait until noon for the last one to show up. So I called the building inspector and was told I could meet him Thursday morning at 8:00 am in his office in the Soo. I get the last truck unloaded. put a propane heater under the tank of the loader to melt any water in the tank. Then go to town to get my filters. And a pump to pump out the tank with a sock duck taped to the end of the hose to catch some of the crud. It was full with 38 gallons of diesel. I pumped all I could get out into a 55 gal drum. Then I cracked the drain plug on the bottom of the tank. I got maybe a 1/4 cup of water out of it. But there was still 12 gallons of diesel in the tank and I took a diesel bath getting it out. Filling three five gallon buckets.
Thursday I go to the Soo to meet the building inspector. He said it looked good but did not give me a permit. And the builders are showing up tomorrow. Said I didn't need it as it is primarily for farm equipment and personal logging equ. If I was going to do logging for hire I would need a permit. I also had to stop at TSC. For a new sweat shirt and jacket as my old ones were soaked in diesel fuel.
Three truck loads of materials. Doesn't look like a whole lot for a 40'x80' building with 14' foot sidewalls 14' wide x 12' hight roll up door and 18' wide 14' high sliding door.
Friday morning it was cold snowing with a hard wind. And was supposed to be snowing harder to the south. The builders are supposed to be here at noon. I used the farmall 130 to plow two miles from the building site to the main road. I had not heard from them by 3:00pm and figured the weather kept them home. 5:00 pm he called and said he was on my road. I met him at the gate and told him to keep his speed up as it was slippery at the top on the hill. He didn't listen and got stuck before the top of the hill. He unloaded his Bobcat and tried to push the truck and trailer up the hill but that did not work either even when I used the tractor to help pull. So I fired up the dozer and pulled him up with no problem.
I showed him the site and he squared up the building and marked his holes. Put the auger on the bobcat and tried to drill the first hole. It wasn't working. The frost was deep and the ground was hard pan with cobbles in it. And the auger would not cut it. He called it a day and went got rooms in the Soo. He came back saturday with a electric jack hammer. He worked all day and only got four and a half hole in. We were afraid he was going to pack up and go home. I went to town and bought a frost burner and put it on a 20lb propane tank to help melt the frost. That helped and he started a fire in every hole. But it still took two more days to get all the holes in. By Monday he had enough holes in to start the 80 foot long south wall.
The reason we started so early was that we got a 10% discount on the price if we ordered by Jan 31. Which we did. He then said it would be up in 30 days. I ask if he was sure he could build it in the UP in the winter. And he repeated that it would be up in 30 days. I said the pad was not level and was out 2.5 feet front to back and I could not level it until the frost was out of the ground. As my dozer could not cut through the frost to get it level. And he said it was not a problem.
Monday evening he had enough in to do the north wall and start putting up trusses
Tuesday he had all the trusses up. And only had to drill two more holes for the front wall.
Friday at 4:00 pm he was done and out of there. As you can see its kinda up in the air and needs a whole lot of fill around it
Dad and my Uncle Dennis came up to see it friday nite. Dad followed me all day saturday. As I used the old W-14 articulated wheel loader. To load the old 1976 GMC 9500 dump truck with a supercharged Detroit Diesel 6-71 in it. I hauled 31 heavy loads of gravel to the building. Through the woods from a gravel bank I found after new years. My friend Scott was cutting trees off of the pit I was digging sand out of before I would get to them and fall on the loader and me. He said he could hear the truck screaming from over four miles away and over a hill as hauled the gravel out of the woods.
My dirt working crew gathered around the barn.
Still needs a lot more gravel inside and out but it will work for now!
Finally the toys are inside!!!!
I got home monday evening just before dark. I through Dancer a bale of hay. And took my first shower in over two weeks. And it felt good
Washin' up from a pan of hot water on a stove is just not the same
I am beat I sleap most of the day yesterday. And am still tired today. I have been up at daylight putting heaters under the equ before breakfast and not stopping until after dark. But its great to have the building up