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Choosing and Preparing Your Pole Barn Building Site


Choosing the right site and preparing it is critical for the success of your pole barn. Try to select a location that is level, free of trees and other obstructions, conveniently located, and has good drainage.

Pick a site that is readily accessible. You will need a driveway to transport materials and equipment to the building site. Select a location that is a convenient distance from your house and pasture and can be hooked up to utilities.

It is best to choose a location that is on high ground so that water will drain away from your pole barn. If your only option is a low-lying area, you may need to move dirt around to help with drainage.

Grade is the elevation that will be the base for your pole barn. If the walls of your pole barn are 12 feet high, it will be 12 feet from grade to the top of the wall. Using a transit can help you identify low and high areas and move dirt around to create a level site to build your pole barn.

You will probably want to put gravel or stone on the site. You can do this before or after your pole barn is built.

Before you do any digging, call 811. This service will tell you if there are any underground utilities in the area where you want to build your pole barn so you can avoid them.

The easiest way to drill post holes is to use a skid steer or bobcat with an auger attachment. An auger bit 16 inches in diameter is recommended. Holes should be at least 40 inches deep to the bottom of the concrete footers. After you dig the holes, remove the loose dirt with a hand-held post hole digger. Then use a tamping tool to pack the bottom of the hole before you install your concrete footings.

Batter boards are false corners located at each corner of a pole barn. Batter boards will allow you to string a line around the perimeter of the pole barn to get it completely square. They can also be helpful when setting posts.

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