How to Build a Pole Barn


A pole barn is not a complex addition to your property. You can use a pole barn to help with agricultural needs. This type of structure can be found on farms and in other areas globally. While frame barns require specialized knowledge, pole barns don’t. All that is necessary for this project is basic skills, lumber and a few tools. You can build your pole barn any dimension and the materials are affordable. Here is how you can build a pole barn. Read on.

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Instructions

Things You’ll Need:

  • Lumber
  • Digging equipment
  • Gravel or concrete
  • Poles

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  • Roof trusses
  • Tin roofing sections
  • Straight nails
  • Roofing nails
  • Hammer
  • Saw
  • Storm clips

Step 1

Decide where you want to build the pole barn. Make sure the area is flat, and an area that drains well.

Step 2

Draw out your pole barn plans. Construct your pole barn in 8 foot sections. This length is the most affordable.

Step 3

Contact your city to attain a building permit. Specify the pole barn if for agriculture.

Step 4

Purchase the lumber and hardware. You’ll heavy lumber like utility poles for posts, 2 x 4 inch lumber for the frame, 2 x 6 inch boards for roof stringers, plywood for the walls and corrugated tin for the roof. Pre-built roof trusses.

Step 5

Excavate the holes for the posts. Space your post holes. Make all of the structure’s corners exactly 90 degrees. Place a stake in the center of each hole.

Step 6

Pour a concrete into your post holes. Add fill to allow for drainage in moist areas by adding 6 inches of gravel. Pack the gravel.

Step 7

Put the poles up and brace them while they are in an upright position. Make sure they are secure. Ensure your poles are installed evenly.

Step 8

Place the stringers to the tops of the poles.

Step 9

Install the roof trusses. The first truss should be supported with poles, rope or braced. All other trusses need to be braced as well.

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Step 10

Nail the 2 x 4 inch pieces of lumber. Secure then on the outer perimeter of the stringer to assist in supporting the weight of the trusses.

Step 11

Prepare your roof by installing the tin. Use screw in roofing nails. Make sure the short sections overlap. This helps to protect the barn from the elements and increases general ease. Caulk the sections that overlap. Create the peak of your roof with a tin ridge cap.

Step 12

If you plan on having walls in your pole barn, use plywood for the walls. Use 2 x 4 inch lumber to brace the barn.

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About the Author: Jason Prickett loves to write about home maintenance and stuff you can do yourself instead of hiring any professional. His step by step guides will assist you in completing your home maintenance tasks.

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