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"Many questions arose as I read…in the end not a one remained unanswered." - Dan Woodcock, Eugene Oregon

 

From the Back Cover

Extend your working, living, and storage areas with low-cost barns, sheds, and animal shelters. Building Small Barns, Sheds & Shelters provides basic, easy-to-follow construction methods for attractive outbuildings. Here's complete information on tools and materials; foundations and floors; framing, sheathing, and roofing; windows and doors; wiring and plumbing; and finishing details. Specific plans and how-to-build instructions for popular home and family-farm structures include:

 

- Multi-purpose barns

- Woodshed, toolshed, and carport plans

- Combination small barn/studio

- Barn-style garage

- Underground root cellar

- Smokehouse

- Housing for poultry, rabbits, hogs

- Various fencing designs

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC; First edition. edition (January 12, 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0882662457
  • ISBN-13: 978-0882662459
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.7 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #143,688 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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102 of 104 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 17, 1999
Format: Paperback
If you are a "do it your selfer" you need this book. In my opinion, the title is no accurate. This book contains much more than just info on how to build small buildings. It includes how to build a good fence, how to build a smoke house, how to wire a two way switch, ect. It contains everything that is not common knowledge to the common man, and it has lots of pictures. If you live on the farm and do most things yourself, this book is a required tool.
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66 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Donald J. Berg on April 25, 2000
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From permits to the finish coat of paint, this book will guide you through your building process. Burch describes the advantages of different framing methods, roof styles and materials and backs his text with useful reference tables and concise construction details. The book presents plans for five small barns, two two-stall stables, a root and storm cellar, a carport, a tool shed, a woodshed, a smokehouse and shelters for hens, pigs and rabbits.
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45 of 49 people found the following review helpful By roskomd on December 16, 2004
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This is not a bad book, but about half is on basic building skills which anyone who is going to build a sizable strucuture ought to have acquired first. You can get that from a Time Life or Readers Digest 'Home improvement' book on basic carpentry skills. Very general instructions without a lot of detail- for example, window fininshing details, roof details- you have to figure out the details yourself, and everyone knows that is where the devil is! And when the chapter on electrical wiring starts out by reccomending that you shouldn't do it yourself, well... it's just a sign of too many lawyers in the USA.

The sections on barns and other strucuture are interesting, with lots of ideas that one can adapt to your specific needs. Most are reworked from USDA Cooperative extension plans- which you can view a huge number for free from Univ of North Dakota at this link-

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Since I found this website, my opinion of the book has gone down a lot, since so much is not original material.

The other challenge I would have is on pole frame constuction- all his plans show huge concerte footings 16-24" dia 8-12" thick under poles for his buildings. Digging/drilling and pouring these negates the advanage in work/cost saving of pole frame building. In the area where I live, poles are commonly set in our heavy clay with a little cement or just well tamped soil around them. I understand the concern about bearing ability, and I'm not an engineer, but these poles function as pilings- they hold up the load not just from their bottom surface area, but also from the friction of the post in the ground. Any professional can correct me if they feel otherwise.

All in all, it is an interesting book but he could omit the first half and flesh out the rest.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 24, 2008
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I bought this book for my Dad when he wanted to build a new lean-to for his tractor. He read it cover to cover and then used it many times for a manual. A very well spent investment that paid out many times over.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Suzanne Hall on February 23, 2015
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I learned how to build a shed, and a small barn with this book. I have never built anything before. This is a must for anyone that wants to build their own building. I bought the first one and someone talked me out of it, as I would take it to my site. I had used it so much that it was getting really tattered, and gave it away, and bought myself a new one. It was worth every cent, and then some.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Free Spirit on March 21, 2013
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For years I checked this out of libraries until I got tired of someone checking it out ahead of me and just went ahead and bought a copy. Unless you're a city dweller, I can't imagine you not needing to eventually build a building. THIS is the book you need to make your building life simpler. Complete, well-and-clearly written, with a friendly tone, it is a 5 if there ever was one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Fred Puryear on October 7, 2011
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This is one of the best books I have seen for information of how to build for any DIYer. The pictures are clear and very well labeled. I wish I had bought this book before I started building my house and barns. I would have done a lot of things differently. Buy informational books before you build anything! Learn from other people's mistakes.
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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A. L. Morris on August 13, 2005
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I was under the impression that it had COMPLETE plans It shows you bits and pieces of the constrution .

The book itself (for being used was in ex condition almost new condition).all in all it was worth the 8.00 bucks
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