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    Advice on lining our new tractor / hay shed?

    Our new 60' x 24' pole shed now sits next to our little barn. The shed will store hay for my wife's horses, and give shelter to two green tractors and a bunch of implements. No insulation, road crush gravel floor, and yet to be wired and lighted. We made it tall for the delivery of 160 square bales by a self-unloading truck-load. Equipment

    I'm looking for wisdom about lining the interior with another layer - lumber or plywood, if anything?
    I'm thinking it would strengthen the walls against accidental damage (hay spears, pallet forks, etc?).


    One local suggestion was use horizontal 2x12's screwed to the poles, and make a solid wall up to about 10 feet high. Another was to use horizontal 2x6's, but stagger them to save money.

    (I'd also like add some pallet shelves to one wall so I can rack some implements. Eventually I hope to have an actual heated workshop, but that will be few years away.)

    Thanks in advance!

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    I lined mine with OSB sheeting.

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    2 x 6

    I like the idea of the 2 x 6 but would probably space them a few inches apart unless you just like spending . It's pretty easy to shove a hay bale just a little too far and potentially bulge a wall. I think spaced boards would prevent that. You could do solid up to the height of the forks to be sure you don't stick a fork through the side but I think you can avoid that issue by careful driving.

    Really nice shed, congratulations!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Treefarmer View Post
    I like the idea of the 2 x 6 but would probably space them a few inches apart unless you just like spending . It's pretty easy to shove a hay bale just a little too far and potentially bulge a wall. I think spaced boards would prevent that. You could do solid up to the height of the forks to be sure you don't stick a fork through the side but I think you can avoid that issue by careful driving.

    Really nice shed, congratulations?
    Especially for hay storage and possible moisture build up.
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    Osb works great and adds a ton of strength to the building. I think the 2x6 would look tacky and leave to many voids for things to drop down and inbetween. Nice place for a mouse hangout or other rodents

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    Where you stack the round bales, you do not need an additional wall, but where you are getting square bales that is being unloaded by a truck, you will need an additional wall. That way, the truck can push the square bales against it and have a firm stack when the truck pulls out from under the stack. My brothers and I have been doing the same thing for at least 20yrs. I never had a problem with the round bales or the square bales. The wall for the square bales is made by fastening 2x8 to the wood posts horizontally about 2' o/c apart to wherever the height of the stack is going to be. We then fastened 2x6 vertically to the outside of the 2x8, placed about 16" apart o/c. I would use a New Holland 1046 Stackcruiser to unload square bales against the wall and never had an issue. Just use common sense and not push so hard against the wall, like you are trying to drive thru it. On the round bales, I stood them up on end for the first row, then place the second and third normally(horizontal). I would always keep at least a foot away from the wall with the round bales. Let us know what you end up doing, as I am curious on how others are doing it.

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    Thanks for all the great advice!

    Great to learn from all your experiences, thank you everyone!

    Due to space constraints, we built narrower than I would have liked, which is why I'm paranoid about the possibility of damage. We will reinforce the walls, allow ventilation, and unload very carefully!

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    Quote Originally Posted by raco232 View Post
    Where you stack the round bales, you do not need an additional wall, but where you are getting square bales that is being unloaded by a truck, you will need an additional wall. That way, the truck can push the square bales against it and have a firm stack when the truck pulls out from under the stack. My brothers and I have been doing the same thing for at least 20yrs. I never had a problem with the round bales or the square bales. The wall for the square bales is made by fastening 2x8 to the wood posts horizontally about 2' o/c apart to wherever the height of the stack is going to be. We then fastened 2x6 vertically to the outside of the 2x8, placed about 16" apart o/c. I would use a New Holland 1046 Stackcruiser to unload square bales against the wall and never had an issue. Just use common sense and not push so hard against the wall, like you are trying to drive thru it. On the round bales, I stood them up on end for the first row, then place the second and third normally(horizontal). I would always keep at least a foot away from the wall with the round bales. Let us know what you end up doing, as I am curious on how others are doing it.

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    I asked for input from Morton buildings and Leslie buildings when building my two pole barns. I learned what they do and the most practical solution is to go OSB board or plywood to a height of 4 feet. That is where any damage would occur from moving around equipment etc.
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    Thanks for all the advice! We decided from the above ideas to start boarding up the south wall of our new shed, where the hay bales will go. We used 2 x 8 x 8' spruce on 16-inch centers, to a height of almost 11 feet. The horizontal gaps are 12 inches, which should hold back any small square bales that tumble while being delivered. I put in two rows of large round bales to make a backstop for the truckload of small square bales (due later this week or next).

    On the north side where the implements will be stored I may continue with the same plan, but add some OSB or plywood to a height of four feet.

    Now - does anyone have advice (photos) about the feasibility of pallet racks?

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