1987 - Volume #11, Issue #2, Page #10[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Grow Yourself a Bigger Farm ShopIf you need more head room in your farm shop, why not raise the roof - like Illinois farmers Dave and Denny Stewart, of Nokomis, did.
Their older 32 by 50-ft. shop, with cement floor, was in good shape but its limited head room (only 9 ft., 4 in. to the eaves) wasn't enough to accommodate their combine.
Using 16 grain bin jacks, the Stewarts raised the building one row of blocks at a time until it was 40-in. higher (12 ft., 8-in. to the eaves). They had a contractor lay the blocks and had three men cranking each jack two cranks at a time. The jacks, rated for a 30,000 bu. bin, were spaced on posts every 8-ft.
It took the crew four days to "grow" the old farm shop into a taller one. Doors on the right roll on a track; doors on the left raise and fold.
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