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    My pole barn story

    Hello All,

    I am starting my journey to build my first pole barn. My wife and I bought 13 acres out in the country, and we will put our pole barn up this year, and build a house next year.

    My barn is manufactured by Cleary, it is 40x56x12 with an 8x16 porch on the front. Have one overhead door on the side, and two service doors, one on the same side, and one around the corner. I plan to have a concrete floor, with infloor heat.

    I rented a 40' shipping container to put my materials in...don't need them walking away on me.

    I just got the majority of dirt work done, so now I can start digging out the footings. The county states that I need 26x10 footings, which sadly is a far cry from what was originally thought at 18x9. I had purchased an 18" auger for my new post hole digger.

    Being that the county wants the footings bigger, I am thinking that I will rent a mini excavator and dig them out that way. Sort of wish I had saved my money on the post hole digger, and bought a used backhoe!

    One thing that I have heard mixed reviews on is how to put the foam for the floor. I have seen where some just lay it vertical on the ground, and others have dug down about 2' and placed it on edge.

    Being that I will have a backhoe there, I was thinking of just digging around the perimeter one bucket wide so simplify that part of the job. Do you all feel that is a good idea, or should I just put it on ground level and call it good?

    Once the building is up, we will put two more inches of class 5 in to get the base needed for the concrete floor.

    We will see if I can show a picture of the current layout.
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    The dirt work was a bit of an entertainment...there was only really one good spot for this shed to go, and the location was in a low spot close to where the house will be.

    I had a old local fella come out and take a look at how make it right. He didn't want to hall in clay to raise this up, so instead, he took out a small grove of trees, and scrapped off the "black". We have about a foot of loam, followed by clay. That loam looks like black dirt! He then dug out a trench about 200' long with his backhoe, and pushed the clay over to the low spot with his D4 cat. He then had a claw foot tamper, and made sure it was compact. Once he was done pulling the dirt out, he pushed all the trees in the hole, and pushed all the black dirt back into the hole, and shaped it a bit to make the rain water run correctly.

    I'd say he did pretty good work!

    Once he was done with that, he brought in some class 5 dirt, and spread it down the driveway he made, as well as on the location of the shed.
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    Thanks all for watching along. I am certain that there will be mistakes made.

    The building materials will show up tomorrow, so I will get a better picture of the work coming up!

    I am still debating on whether or not to use my post hole digger with the 18" auger and hog out the bottom of the holes with a shovel to get close to 26", or if I rent a little excavator and dig each footing with the bucket. I may not have as big a hole to backfill if I use the auger, but not looking forward to trying to hog out the bottom of the hole 5' in the ground.

    One thing that I am still debating is how to go about insulating the future slab. From what I have been able to gather, I need to put a sheet of polystyrene on vertical edge 2' in the ground to ward off frost issues with the slab. What I don't quite know is if I need to wrap the post as well?


    Someone had suggested that instead of digging down one bucket width around the perimeter, that I should use a 2" trencher, and before I dig any footing holes, mark out the perimeter, and go all the way around it with the trencher. Then when the posts are in, I could slip the sheet of insulation down in the trench, and have little to backfill.

    What are your thoughts on that?
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