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Renovating Barns- Sheds and Outbuildings Book

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Save money, history and architecture by restoring and renovating instead of replacing your old barn, shed or other outbuilding. Very clear instructions with diagrams and photos. Covers restoration of frame, pole, post-and-beam, and masonry structures. Engler, 11" x 8 1/2", 247 pp.
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Chapter One - Why renovate?
Saving history
Saving architecture
How-to Guide: A barn architecture primer
Saving money
The costs of renovations
How-to guide: Restored outbuilding gallery

Chapter Two - Evaluating the structure
Type of structure
  &nbspPost-and-beam structure
  &nbspFrame construction
  &nbspPole construction
  &nbspLog construction
  &nbspMasonry construction
How-to Guide: A barn dictionary
End use
  &nbspHumans full time
  &nbspHumans part time
  &nbspAutomobiles and machinery
Building codes permits and inspections
  &nbspBuilding codes
  &nbspBuilding permits
  &nbspPreliminary inspection
How-to Guide: Sample building permit application

Chapter Three - Foundations
Minor repairs - fixing what's already in place
  &nbspThe mortar is crumbling
  &nbspThe concrete is crumbling
  &nbspThe stones or blocks are loose
A portion must be reinforced or replaced
  &nbspThe foundation has settled unevenly
How-to Guide: Raising a building
  &nbspThe strucutre is slipping off its foundation
  &nbspThe poles are rotting in the ground
  &nbspThe building is slipping down a hillside
Major repairs - replacing the foundation
  &nbspA foundation primer
  &nbspMarrying the building to the foundation

Chapter Four - Floors
Finding and fixing floor problems
  &nbspThe floor is weak uneven sagging or sloped
How-to Guide: Framing fasteners
  &nbspLeveling the concrete floor
  &nbspThe flooring is cracked or deteriorating
  &nbspThe floor must support additional weight
  &nbspInstalling a new floor
How-to Guide: Finishing floors

Chapter Five - Structure and framing
Fixing structural problems
  &nbspGussets and cleats
  &nbspThe structure is leaning
How-to Guide: A bracework primer
  &nbspSagging walls
  &nbspRotted sill
  &nbspRotted sill log
How-to Guide: Hewing logs and beams
  &nbspBowed walls
How-to Guide: Cable tools
Adding to or modifying a structure
  &nbspRemoving a post
  &nbspRemoving a wall
  &nbspCutting or enlarging an opening
How-to Guide: Spans and loads
  &nbspAdding room to a structure

Chapter Six - Siding and painting
Common types of siding
  &nbspVertical siding
  &nbspHorizontal siding
  &nbspSheet siding
Finding and fixing siding problems
  &nbspInspecting the siding
  &nbspCaulking cracked and split boards
  &nbspReplacing rotted wood with fiberglass
  &nbspReplacing missing battens and trim
  &nbspReplacing rotten or missing siding boards
How-to Guide: Using a clapboard gauge
Installing new siding
  &nbspInstalling sheathing
  &nbspInstalling a vapor barrier
  &nbspInstalling vertical boards
  &nbspInstalling lapped boards and clapboards
  &nbspRepainting old wood siding
How-to Guide: Choosing exterior paints and coatings
  &nbspPainting new wood
  &nbspPainting aluminum and vinyl
How-to Guide: Painting tools

Chapter Seven - Interior walls
Adding partitions
Joining partitions to existing walls
Framing partitions
How-to Guide: Toenailing
Insulation condensation and ventilation
  &nbspHow condensation works
  &nbspLoose fill
How-to Guide: Installing fiberglass insulation
  &nbspRigid foam
Installing gypsum wallboard
Installing paneling
How-to Guide: Planning partitions
Fitting walls in post-and-beam structures
How-to Guide: Fitting drywall
Fitting walls in pole barns
How-to Guide: Converting a barn to a living space
Attaching to masonry

Chapter Eight - Roofing
Fixing roofing problems
How-to Guide: Getting to the job site
  &nbspReplacing shingles and slates
  &nbspReplacing parts of the deck
  &nbspReplacing flashing and valley liners
How-to Guide: Installing flashing against vertical surfaces
Installing new roofs
  &nbspRoof sheathing
  &nbspRoll roofing
  &nbspAsphalt shingles
Metal roofing

Chapter Nine - Doors and windows
Fixing door and window problems
  &nbspDoors in crooked buildings
  &nbspWindows in crooked buildings
Installing manufactured doors and windows
  &nbspInstalling windows
How-to Guide: Making your own windows
  &nbspHanging doors
  &nbspBoards and batten doors
Making and installing barn doors
How-to Guide: Making a door to match an old barn
How-to Guide: Using old hardware

Chapter Ten - Utilities
  &nbspOutdated wiring
  &nbspInadequate lighting
  &nbspAdequate wiring
  &nbspWire sizes and types
How-to Guide: Rules of thumb
  &nbspInstalling new electrical runs and lighting
  &nbspBurying a branch circuit
  &nbspRunning an overhead branch
  &nbspInstalling the branch box
How-to Guide: Wiring switches and outlets
  &nbspInstalling individual circuits
  &nbspFour-season water
  &nbspWarm-season water
  &nbspWater for occasionally heated buildings
Metric Conversion Chart

Excerpt from Chapter One
Why renovate?
Every time I start out to renovate a barn or an outbuilding someone asks me "Why don't you just tear it down and start over?" It's a good question. In many cases it's easier to start from scratch. The building techniques and materials available nowadays enable you to put up a building quicker and more easily than you can do a full-fledged renovation in many cases. But quicker and easier aren't the only considerations.
When you renovate a building you can save three things: money history and architecture. The money you save the historical value of the building and the building's unique architecture often make a renovation much more attractive than building from scratch. So before you call in the wrecking crew give some thought to what you might gain by letting the structure stand.

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