Now that our busy season is over, it's time to work on the barn before the snow flies.
Don started by putting up horizontal girts. These will support the sheet metal siding.
He built himself spacers (you can see them at either end of the 2x6) to make sure the girts were spaced identically. The bottom girts are pressure-treated, the rest of the girts are not.
The prevailing wind direction in these parts is from the southwest. This wall is facing south, so it's the first to get covered.
Next Don started putting up the sheet metal siding. (That's my dad, watching.)
We've collected sheet metal siding for years, whenever we come across it, so we have plenty to side the barn.
(I think men who know their way around tools are SO sexy!)
The siding is of different heights, but it won't matter because Don will put caps at the top and make it all even.
It didn't take long to put all the siding up.
Next step is to cap the tops from the eaves. Don takes measurements. Length: three feet.
We duct-taped three sheets of 12-foot siding together...
...and Don used a metal-cutting blade to cut the metal while I held on to it and tried not to get vibrated out of the barn. It was loud!
Then Don started screwing the cap pieces from under the eaves down to the topmost girt, generously overlapping the tops of the siding.
Personally I think the end result looks incredibly professional.
You'll notice there's a 12-foot section on the right-hand side that got no siding. That's because Don plans to put a door on that portion, and he has to frame it in first. This entire south-facing side will ultimately become -- drum roll, please -- a lean-to greenhouse! Imagine it, a greenhouse twelve feet wide and 48 feet long. Whoo-hoo!