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Old 08-05-2019, 02:18 PM   #1
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Where I currently work, we have an additional 3 acres that came with an old shed/pool house. The boss who's also big in 4H granted me this space to raise our animals. A huge blessing as putting 5,000 miles on my truck every year just in normal commute to and from the school ag barn was a pain. We will be raising pigs again this year and the kids are really enjoying it. So, I'd thought I would take you along on this project.
So this is what I'm working with:
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Old 08-05-2019, 02:22 PM   #2
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We are planning on having 4 pigs this year. 2 barrows and 2 gilts. So I needed to design the space to allow for 4 pens. I'm fairly confident we will not have more than that during my 3 kid's 4H career but I will be able to expand if necessary.
I measured what we had used at the previous ag barn as a go-by size wise and finally decided on this design.
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Old 08-05-2019, 02:26 PM   #3
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Demo wasn't really a big undertaking but cleaning out what now will be the tack room and vegetation growing out of the covered porch area was needed. The covered porch has chipseal as a base which will be soon covered with concrete.

I did a take off on material and went to work.
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Old 08-05-2019, 02:27 PM   #4
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following....I am getting ready to do the very same thing.....just not 4 pigs. 1 or 2 at the most.
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Old 08-05-2019, 02:29 PM   #5
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Continued progress and finishing point as of last night.
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Old 08-05-2019, 02:45 PM   #6
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Very cool, following along.
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Old 08-05-2019, 10:50 PM   #7
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Worked into the night with just enough light pouring from the floodlight off of our fab shop about 300’ away. Made for a pretty neat phot of the progress made. My main goal this evening was to finish up the last divider and setting the last king post. Tomorrow’s goal is to finish up the wall girts and potentially get started on the gate framing. Im thinking I may frame them out of angle iron for structural integrity yet cut down on weight.
Items left to do:
-Gates
-Concrete
-R-panel siding and roof
-trench for electrical conduit
-pull wire to supply power for pump house and lighting
-plumb for water nipples
-install lighting
-sliding barn door
-fencing for outdoor pig walk



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Old 08-06-2019, 04:54 PM   #8
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Looks good on the progress. I got a lot of good ideas from my son's time in FFA. They're pig farm was gated all the way around with shoots spanning the length to walk them. Always wanted to build my own, just need to move out from the city.LOL
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Old 08-08-2019, 09:04 AM   #9
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Yesterday’s progress report. I borrowed from our plumber his back hoe and dug the remaining 200’ trench for providing power to the pump house.
Today I hope to pull mule tape to get an exact distance to purchase. Boldly I’ll say that I could pull the cable, connect and cover by tonight.



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Old 08-08-2019, 09:06 AM   #10
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Checking back in. Cool thread! Progressing right along...
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Old 08-08-2019, 02:36 PM   #11
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Looking good.
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Old 08-08-2019, 06:59 PM   #12
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Very cool, coming along nicely!
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Old 08-09-2019, 10:44 PM   #13
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Pulled the underground and got her covered up. I picked up Portland and premix to be ready to pour concrete. A few final updates and preparations need to be made and I’ll be ready to get the slab ready for the animals.



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Old 08-10-2019, 03:11 PM   #14
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Old 08-10-2019, 09:24 PM   #15
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Today’s progress was to finalize the forming for the concrete and laying down a barrier and wwf. There was a spool of silt screen that came off one of our jobs and decided to use it for the concrete reinforcement and the fabric as my barrier.
I talked with our concrete guy and he’s going to meet me out there tomorrow morning to start pouring concrete. Premix and bag of Portland were picked up along with his gas powered mixer. Work to continue tomorrow.



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Old 08-12-2019, 06:56 AM   #16
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Very nice work
Appears that 5k miles on the truck might have been cheaper
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Old 08-12-2019, 09:01 AM   #17
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looking good!
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Old 08-12-2019, 11:14 AM   #18
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Quote:
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Very nice work

Appears that 5k miles on the truck might have been cheaper


My wife was thinking the same thing! Honestly though, I think I’ve spent so far $500 on the project. Buying premix by the yard and a couple bags of Portland to concrete everything is about $150 of it.
We got half way through it all yesterday before the heat set in. Will pour the remainder towards the end of the week.




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Old 08-12-2019, 11:18 AM   #19
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We’ve been looking at finding a trailer to bus us all to the couple of jackpots, etc. that we go to. Was able to find one to suit our needs. This will be another project to just make it ours. I’d like to replace all the lights to be LED’s, internal lighting, and fans, and possibly a new paint job. Had a few cancer spots but can be fixed.



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Old 08-13-2019, 12:04 PM   #20
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looks like a great hog set up, for now you can use an extra pen for a wash rack, get you some shade cloth to keep em out of the direct sunlight. and add fans and your ready to rock and roll... . I still have a set of 4 - 4'x10 pens I need to sell lol and a 16' aluminum trailer ( but working on someone to purchase hopefully. ) most we had at one time was 8 pigs.. son still helps some folks find and raise theirs.
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Old 08-16-2019, 12:03 AM   #21
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Status update:
Got power finally connected and tested the existing pump and lighting. We have a few plumbing leaks that will be addressed within the pump house but will be easy fixes. Replaced a few light bulbs and added another light fixture in the stall area. Will probably be adding two more but for now, 2 light seem to work out just fine.
The past couple of days/nights, progress has been slow. Meet the teacher for all three kids have delayed further progress. I have managed however to knock out plumbing in water nipples to the pens. All that remains is buttoning up a couple of loose ends, adding a hose bib, and connecting to the well.





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Old 08-16-2019, 12:30 PM   #22
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Looking really good. You dont have much time to get finished before the fist Lindner on the farm sale LOL. Just a thought, and this comes from having pig pens exposed to outside. You will want to spend some time insulating that PVC. When the cold weather hits it those things start popping - and check nipples often during cold times. A little ice will blow out the plastic ring in them and create monster leaks. You may already know. Just sharing from experience.
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Old 08-16-2019, 12:56 PM   #23
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Very Nice Work!
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Old 08-19-2019, 11:34 PM   #24
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Well, finally finished up the concrete this evening.

The next item up to bat is getting all the exterior walls and roof extension sheathed with R-panel.



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Old 08-22-2019, 10:42 PM   #25
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Tonight’s progress:
-Install a water hose bib on the end of the new water line for pen wash down, future wet feeding, etc.
-We has a 40’ left over sheet of galv. R-panel from a previous job I was able to use for the roof. I busted out the sheet nibbler and cut 7 pc at 5’. My rake measurement is 4’-8” which gives me a 4” overhang. In reality, it’ll be 2-3/4” because the wall panel will butt up to the underside of the roof panel. I test fitted all sheets squaring up the overhang depth to keep it from walking before screwing everything down. Inside foam closures will go in before the final fastening is done.




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Old 08-22-2019, 10:44 PM   #26
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Sweet!
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Old 08-24-2019, 12:32 PM   #27
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great progress!

show us the bacon
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Old 08-27-2019, 11:39 AM   #28
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looking good..
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Old 08-27-2019, 11:43 AM   #29
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Awesome!
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Old 09-10-2019, 08:29 PM   #30
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Finally got to update for those that care. Haha!
Started enclosing the walls.


Then ran some panels on the inside to keep both the pigs and shavings off of the exterior wall. Fabricated up the gates that were left over from an old barn to 1. not be so heavy and 2. Weld in hog panel.



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Old 09-10-2019, 08:39 PM   #31
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Then moved into hanging fans and additional plugs up in the rafters for heat lamps when it’s time.


Over the weekend we went to our trusted pig guru to select this year’s temporary pets.

Two barrows and two gilts. Meet Bo, Luke, Daisy, and Lulu.



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Old 09-11-2019, 02:43 PM   #32
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Those two smiles make the whole thing worth while. Congrats on a hog barn!
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Old 09-12-2019, 05:45 AM   #33
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Great job !!!
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Old 09-12-2019, 06:54 AM   #34
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Looks great man!
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Old 09-15-2019, 09:31 PM   #35
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there is the bacon we were looking for
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