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Carriage Barn, Weathersfield, VT
April 2011.

April 2011.
The ends of the vertical sheathing boards were splayed and lapped over one another.  The visible rot to the middle girt only hinted at the extent of the damage.

The ends of the vertical sheathing boards were splayed and lapped over one another. The visible rot to the middle girt only hinted at the extent of the damage.
This center post under the rear plate was completely hollow from top to bottom.

This center post under the rear plate was completely hollow from top to bottom.
This gable tie beam had severe rot at both ends.  The remaining timber was able to be reused to replace a rotten corner post.

This gable tie beam had severe rot at both ends. The remaining timber was able to be reused to replace a rotten corner post.
Specimens of original post feet show both rot and insect damage.

Specimens of original post feet show both rot and insect damage.
Deterioration of a brace and upper girt at the hollow center post.

Deterioration of a brace and upper girt at the hollow center post.
The plate tenon had completely rotted out and disengaged the center tie beam.

The plate tenon had completely rotted out and disengaged the center tie beam.
Detail of the damage to the plate and tie beam.

Detail of the damage to the plate and tie beam.
A lot of support to the damaged frame was required before dismantling and restoration could begin.

A lot of support to the damaged frame was required before dismantling and restoration could begin.
The damage to the hollow post foot and replacement sill is revealed.

The damage to the hollow post foot and replacement sill is revealed.
Three out of the four plate timbers were fractured and hollow.

Three out of the four plate timbers were fractured and hollow.
Damage to the front plate.

Damage to the front plate.
Compost!

Compost!
This frame was home to numerous rodents in addition to bats and cluster flies.

This frame was home to numerous rodents in addition to bats and cluster flies.
We opted to use a gin pole to re-assemble the frame.

We opted to use a gin pole to re-assemble the frame.
The new frame is ready to be raised into place.  The top of the post on the left is the only original timber in its original position on this wall.  All of the studs were missing and the post on the right is made from what used to be the tie beam.

The new frame is ready to be raised into place. The top of the post on the left is the only original timber in its original position on this wall. All of the studs were missing and the post on the right is made from what used to be the tie beam.
After a long minute of pulling, the new gable wall was lifted into place with the gin pole.

After a long minute of pulling, the new gable wall was lifted into place with the gin pole.
Michael realizes that his camera is dead and Seth has just snapped off the last photo.  Look for more pictures of the finished project soon.

Michael realizes that his camera is dead and Seth has just snapped off the last photo. Look for more pictures of the finished project soon.


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