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Building Barns From Pallets
March 12, 2011
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MaryB
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I would think it would tear the lumber up getting the nails out.  Is there a trick to that?

March 12, 2011
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Hello! I am new here and love this forum. So many interesting things to see. My family owns a pallet shop and many of our outbuildings have been made from recycled pallets. Our chicken house is made from completely recycled lumber. My father in-law recently built a rental house out of recycled lumber too. The entire frame and walls. Pallets come in various sizes and are made out of several types of wood. We recycle everything. The cut off ends from lumber are burnt in the wood stoves at the shop and at my home. Sawdust is sold in truck loads to green houses and farmers. The best way to get them apart is a tear down bar or a sawsall (sp), It's early here so bear with me, LOL!

March 12, 2011
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And for a lot of uses, you don't have to tear them apart, you can use them as they are!

Clover made me do it.

March 12, 2011
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A proper nail puller and small crowbar are a huge help.  Also one place to look for better pallets are Motorcycle and ATV dealers.  We have used them for so many things but the large pallets are very heavy and can be difficult to deal with.  Susanne it is so  lucky to have a concrete pad already poured,  it seemed like the lap of luxury when we finally got a proper floor in our barn.  It is so much easier to keep hay dry and animals clean. wave

March 12, 2011
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We think/have been told that sometime in the past the place where this cement pad is was a pig pen!   Which probably helped a lot with keeping it clean.  We've always thought it would be a good place to build a hay barn with the pad as the base.  These pallets are six feet long, I think.  52 can tell more about them and where they came from.  Different types of places do have different pallets, and all pallets aren't created equal!

Clover made me do it.

March 12, 2011
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Hello Shannon and welcome to CITR!  wave   This is a great place to be.  You will learn something new every day just being a part of these people! 

If I am understanding what you are saying, you cut off the ends with the nails?

March 12, 2011
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Suzanne, finally, you get a barn, I am SSSSOOOOOO happy for you. BO always puts down pallets on the cement floor to keep the hay from wicking up the moisture that can come up through the cement. I would so love a chicken house out of pallets. Every time I save old wood he thinks it is for burning and I have given up. What a shame, I could just censoredsometimes.

March 12, 2011
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Some pallets are made using hardened spiral shank nails driven into green oak. I have often broken the heads off those nails with a 30 inch crow bar trying to pull they. Pallets from motorcycle shops often have tropical hardwood in them and those pieces can be planed and finished for very pretty varnished cabinets.

March 12, 2011
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I can't imagine why anyone would think that a barn made with recycled wood would be any less worthy for their animals than a barn made from new (expensive) materials. The motto on our farm when I was growing up was “Make do or do without”.

If you know what you are doing when building a barn it won't make a lick of difference what materials you use. And you and 52 have done your research and it will be fantastic, just ask the sheep when you are finished. Better materials don't necessarily mean better barn.

Go for it!!!

March 12, 2011
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Recycling lumber for building is nothing new. Timber frames for barns were always reused, often many times. In my work I have the opportunity to work in old houses and barns and the lines of nail holes that once fastened plaster lath can be found on a surface that is turned such that it would never have been plastered in its present position. Before we had steel scaffold all scaffold was wood and when the house was finished the lumber would be cleaned and used for the barn or garage or a hen house. They never had piles of waste lumber to haul to a landfill.

March 12, 2011
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I dont think people think it is not as good if the wood is recycled, but I would want to know about the work of pulling the nails out and such.  We did a lot of that with wood on an old house once, and that was some hard work.  I don't think I would be willing to do it today, but I am so happy for the ones that still can.  That's all.  Not putting anyone down, just curious how they will pull the nails out.  A lot of those are glued too.  Now that would break the wood to try to pull it apart (I think).

March 12, 2011
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Here's some more neat pallet projects:

 

http://www.thediyspot.com/2011/03/theres-pallet-fever-out-there/

Clover made me do it.

March 12, 2011
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And…. that site Suzanne, led me to THIS one!  I think they saw your project!

 

http://www.materialicious.com/2008/09/the-pallet-shed.html

Located in N.E. Ohio

March 12, 2011
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I keep copying the links and sent them to my hubby's e mail account….I need one of those as a horse shelter

March 12, 2011
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Awesome, Deb!  That link?  The photo where it says Pallet Shed, that's what we're doing.  Not adding the metal siding (like at the link at the beginning of this topic on page 1 at the top), just that, building the barn with pallets and putting a roof on!  We want to make a loft, too.  We have a bunch of other plans–a pallet shed for the tractor or other outside tools/equipment, a shelter/house in the duck and buck yard, and then on to the small barn I want to build for BP and Glory Bee out in BP-land.

 

We'll have a whole pallet farm, LOL! happy-feet

Clover made me do it.

March 12, 2011
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Here's another idea, not with pallets, and the feed lot panels can/do add up.  This is a super heavy duty example too, I plan for next winter to make a little hoop-shelter for my chickens off from the side of the regular coop so they can get outside more, and not be buried in snow… I've had about enough of winter this year, can you tell?

http://www.backyardchickens.com/web/viewblog.php?id=42454-permanent-hoop-coop-guide

 

There are other examples out there that are much less permanent, though you still need some decent support on the ends.

Located in N.E. Ohio

March 12, 2011
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I use pallets on the floor of my basement to keep everything stored up off the damp cement floor.

 

We cut up and burn a lot of them for fuel and kindling in the winter too.

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March 12, 2011
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You are so right, you don't have to take them a part at all. They can be used as is and insulation can easily be put in the middle. We have cut the ends of some but most of the time we pull them. I have cut the ends or runners off the ends of some, but mostly just cut throught the nail and between two boards. We have some very long pallets that where 8 feet long that were not being ordered anymore. Those were very useful! Also we make wood shipping crates. Visit a shop near you and ask about unused pallets. You can find a great deal. We have had people come by several times and just given them pallets we are no longer using. Some of the pallets have solid tops and have been the base of a few dog houses around here.

May 20, 2011
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has anyone tried building a larger barn structure with pallets? my husband and I are collecting pallets to do a barn project with them, but we are wondering if you still need to put corner posts in (like if you were going to do a pole barn construction), or can you just nail the pallets together to build them? Would you build them right onto the ground? Also, stupid question, I know… but… how do you close up the slats of the pallets, do you pull wood off of other pallets and put in the spaces?  I guess your imagination is your only limitation, right?  We just don't want our building to collapse on the animals. LOL.  That would be bad. 

May 20, 2011
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I'm certainly no expert, but my current thinking, subject to change of course, is to use mostly 8 foot by four foot pallets, standing up on the four foot ends, with bolt holes drilled through the pallet “joists” and bolted together two or three places. I'll probably make a “footer” with treated landscape timbers to keep the untreated pallets off the ground/concrete.  I don't think I'll need corner posts, but will need horizontal headers along the top of the first floor panels and across the door and window openings. The loft floor will probably be pallets, too, but haven't figured out exactly how to support it in the middle yet. Also not sure what type/style of roof to use—-either pitched flat or maybe two sided gable with pre-built trusses. Most likely roll roofing material.

There are many ways to do siding, but batten board would probably be the easiest/cheapest.

I get pallets from an electrical supply place—-they get fluorescent light bulbs on 8 foot pallets—- 

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