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Jacking up settled barn post

Postby Ky cowboy » Tue Aug 28, 2018 10:05 pm

The old barn on my farm needs 2 or 3 post jacked up, they've settled over time. It an old tobacco barn made from cresote round post no rot visible. I'm thinking of using a bottle jack and cribbing to get them level dig out from under it to the bottom and pour concrete around it. Does this sound like it will work suggestions appreciated. I'm not in a hurry to do this its only settled about 4 inches but has the roof sagging and needs to be addressed. But itll wait till it cools off
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Re: Jacking up settled barn post

Postby JMJ Farms » Tue Aug 28, 2018 10:08 pm

Should work fine. Only suggestion I have would be to dig around post before you start jacking. It will take a lot of stress off the framing.
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Re: Jacking up settled barn post

Postby Ky cowboy » Tue Aug 28, 2018 10:20 pm

JMJ Farms wrote:Should work fine. Only suggestion I have would be to dig around post before you start jacking. It will take a lot of stress off the framing.

Yea that would help. Thanks
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Re: Jacking up settled barn post

Postby wbvs58 » Wed Aug 29, 2018 4:10 am

I would be inclined to cut the post off just above ground level and bolt some steel stirrup footings to it and dig the remains of the post out and set the steel in the concrete.

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Re: Jacking up settled barn post

Postby M-5 » Wed Aug 29, 2018 8:25 am

My preferred method is an engine cherry picker if you have one. wrap a chain around it lift it as high as you want nail a 2x6 at ground level. you can then put your concrete or fine sand in and pack it . leave 2x6 on until it settles . I have also used my tractor lift arms to raise one.
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Re: Jacking up settled barn post

Postby LLBUX » Wed Aug 29, 2018 10:17 am

Dig around post to access bottom void.

I like the bottle jack and cribbing idea to move it slowly to avoid stress and breakage.

Raise just a bit higher than level to allow for further settling.

Fill hole with concrete.

Good luck!
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Re: Jacking up settled barn post

Postby ALACOWMAN » Wed Aug 29, 2018 10:46 am

M-5 wrote:My preferred method is an engine cherry picker if you have one. wrap a chain around it lift it as high as you want nail a 2x6 at ground level. you can then put your concrete or fine sand in and pack it . leave 2x6 on until it settles . I have also used my tractor lift arms to raise one.

I'd be inclined to tamp a little bit of dry Crete around at the bottom too...probably can't, but I like too drive a few nails around the base of the post so the Crete will form around them, and anchor it.....
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Re: Jacking up settled barn post

Postby ga.prime » Wed Aug 29, 2018 8:11 pm

I'd use a bumper jack, not a bottle jack.
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Re: Jacking up settled barn post

Postby JMJ Farms » Wed Aug 29, 2018 8:14 pm

ga.prime wrote:I'd use a bumper jack, not a bottle jack.


Is a bumper jack the same as a high lift jack?
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Re: Jacking up settled barn post

Postby ga.prime » Wed Aug 29, 2018 8:29 pm

JMJ Farms wrote:
ga.prime wrote:I'd use a bumper jack, not a bottle jack.


Is a bumper jack the same as a high lift jack?

Yes
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Re: Jacking up settled barn post

Postby JMJ Farms » Wed Aug 29, 2018 8:41 pm

ga.prime wrote:
JMJ Farms wrote:
ga.prime wrote:I'd use a bumper jack, not a bottle jack.


Is a bumper jack the same as a high lift jack?

Yes


You gonna get him killed Prime! They sure are strong and definitely have their place but you dang sure better know what you’re doing. Make a mistake and they sure ain’t very forgiving. I think I’ve heard them referred to as ‘house jacks’ as well but I may be confused.
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Re: Jacking up settled barn post

Postby Ky cowboy » Wed Aug 29, 2018 8:48 pm

I never have good luck with hi lift jacks. They always want to kick out. But I'll give them both a try. First thing I have to do is get part of a loft tore out and a bunch of old insulation out of it. Previous owner was a pack rat and stuffed a make shift loft full of insulation
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Re: Jacking up settled barn post

Postby JMJ Farms » Wed Aug 29, 2018 8:56 pm

Ky cowboy wrote:I never have good luck with hi lift jacks. They always want to kick out. But I'll give them both a try. First thing I have to do is get part of a loft tore out and a bunch of old insulation out of it. Previous owner was a pack rat and stuffed a make shift loft full of insulation


Since you mentioned a loft I will throw one more suggestion out there. If you’re dealing with substantial weight.....and the post is sound..... Set up cribbing on two opposite sides of the post. Place two bottle jacks, one on both sets of cribbing. Then place a piece of steel or strong wood against the edge of the post and across the top of each jack. Chain the crossmember to the post where it can’t jump. Then apply alternating pressure on each jack until you get the post up. This puts all the pressure on the post and is really safe bc if it’s set up correctly nothing should buckle or shift when under pressure.

With this being said I’ve rigged up things that should’ve malfunctioned and killed me. But I get more and more careful as time goes on.
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Re: Jacking up settled barn post

Postby wbvs58 » Thu Aug 30, 2018 4:54 am

JMJ Farms wrote:
ga.prime wrote:
JMJ Farms wrote:
Is a bumper jack the same as a high lift jack?

Yes


You gonna get him killed Prime! They sure are strong and definitely have their place but you dang sure better know what you’re doing. Make a mistake and they sure ain’t very forgiving. I think I’ve heard them referred to as ‘house jacks’ as well but I may be confused.


I've heard them referred to as kangaroo jacks as well, the kangaroo tail being like the handle of the jack.

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