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Offline LarryG

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Making a Bar joists or bar beam
« on: December 18, 2020, 12:28:34 PM »
Has anyone made a bar joist or a bar beam for a clear span for a saw mill shed. I priced LVL'S way to much and I'm thinking an I beam would be about the same. I would like to span 20' and LVL'S would be $650.00
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Re: Making a Bar joists or bar beam
« Reply #1 on: December 18, 2020, 05:49:51 PM »
I haven't done it yet but have the stuff sawn out to make a Warren type truss 30' long.
It will be for the loader opening.
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Re: Making a Bar joists or bar beam
« Reply #2 on: December 18, 2020, 07:55:33 PM »
I scored a pile of 26 footers 16" deep. Used up most of the fixing up my original saw mill building.  If you have stout posts, put up a 20' wood beam with a cable or steel rod under it with a fulcrum mid way. It needs to be held by eye bolts touching the underside at each end and stretched tight.

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Re: Making a Bar joists or bar beam
« Reply #3 on: December 19, 2020, 09:08:20 PM »
Built a calf shed a while back with a 20' front opening.  Used oil well pipe to make the frame of the shed, for the opening used a pipe top and bottom and a piece of sheet metal between to build a header that looks kindof like a I beam with pipe for the flanges. Whole frame is welded together to make a 1 piece frame.  Laid concrete blocks down in a dug out footing to keep the steel off the ground. Hedge posts on the corners wired to the frame to keep it down in a wind storm.  When I quit cattle, it would make a nice air drying shed.
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Re: Making a Bar joists or bar beam
« Reply #4 on: December 20, 2020, 12:54:06 AM »
I haven't built my shed yet but have bee gathering and sawing the material , rafters 1 1
/2"x9"x12' ad two sections mfg home frame H beam 8"tall with 2  1/2" flangex30' long.
I plan to stack the two mfg home beams and weld. my opening will be 20'.
I mention this because I have found old frames for free or very cheap and recycled for different projects, such as welding table frames, 20 ton hydraulic jack press, several 2-3 axle fb trailers.
I think they could be a cheap source of beam for an ag/saw building.

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