Friday, April 10, 2015

Barn Door Project...

Wouldn't life be boring if there was never anything that needed to be done? Nothing in need of repair?

This time it was the big barn doors that needed to be repaired.  Any time a round bale, hay wagon, load of hay or sawdust or who knows what needs to be put upstairs in the barn, these big doors swing open.  They're extremely heavy, and are used often.  Time, weather, and hard use take their toll.  The doors are on top of the barn hill on the north side, and when it's windy they can take a beating.  We prop them with big metal posts to help anchor them shut.

Tuesday morning, the Amish crew rolled in at 6:00 am on the dot, as promised...

They took off the damaged wood and cut new tongue and groove boards to size...

Several of the big hinges needed replaced and the ones they brought along weren't large enough.  Here, Jim and the foreman are discussing what needs to be done.  We ended up finding some hinges at an antique store nearby that did the trick...

Murphy guarded the lunches.  All. Day. Long.  (pardon her very un-ladylike pose)

All finished...

Now the doors need a coat or two of paint, and they'll be good to go!


  1. What a great job these guys do. I wish they lived around our area. We have so many parts that needs repairs.

    I'm always impressed on how quickly things gets repaired at your farm.
    Thanks for sharing.

  2. How nice to see brand new doors! I love that dog pose, it is the pose my cats are in every time I want to take their picture too.
    It must be so handy having those skilled Amish men to come and make things like that. Have a great weekend.

  3. Impressive. The size of the doors, efficiency and promptness of your construction crew, the final project and that you could find those big hinges at an antique store. All very, very cool.

  4. ....yup, never a boring day with nothing to do! The new door looks great!

  5. Great job, all in a day's work. Very impressive.

  6. They look great! Murphy did a good job, too!

  7. Those doors are huge. Glad you were able to find what you needed to get the project done. They look grand.


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