One or two telehandlers.
A man lift or genie lift.
Jumping jack packer
1000lb plate packer
Screw pile installer (Often includes engineering services, eliminating the need for a separate engineer)
We recommend hiring a skilled contractor for the process but it isn't required.
Step 1: Schedule Equipment Delivery
Begin your project by scheduling the delivery of your equipment. Ensure the telehandlers, skidsteer, man lift or genie lift, and mini hoe are ready on site when you start your work.
Step 2: Schedule New Post Delivery
Place your order for the new post material you'll be using to replace the rotten posts.
Step 3: Schedule Screw Pile Installer
Next, schedule a screw pile installer. If you're located in the Okanagan, we highly recommend Techno Metal Post in Kelowna.
Step 4: Determine the Starting Location
Identify the easiest posts to start with. Starting with the easier posts allows you to develop an efficient system, expediting the overall process.
Step 5: Measure the Roof Beam Height
Set up a rotary laser to accurately measure the current height of the roof beam. If the beam is sagging, try to measure this in an area where it isn't sagging, or determine the height you want to set the new posts to.
Step 6: Secure the Beam
Use a telehandler to hold up the beam while you remove one or two posts.
Step 7: Remove the Existing Foundation
With a mini hoe, telehandler, or skidsteer, remove the existing foundation.
Step 8: Backfill and Compact
Backfill the cavity left by the removed post and old foundation, then compact it well.
Step 9: Install Engineered Screw Piles
Now, it's time to install the engineered screw piles.
Step 10: Attach the Post Saddle
Weld the post saddle to the screw pile.
Step 11: Prepare the Post
Cut and notch the new post, making it ready for installation.
Step 12: Adjust the Beam Height
Using the telehandler, lift the beam so it is slightly above the final required height.
Step 13: Install the New Post
Tilt up the new post and lift it into the saddle. It may be helpful to fabricate a special post lifting tool for this step.
Step 14: Fasten the Post
Fasten the new post to the saddle and the beam using GRK structural screws or through bolts.
Step 15: Repeat for Each Post
Follow this process for each post that needs replacing.
With these steps, you can confidently embark on the process of replacing rotten posts on your pole barn. Remember to prioritize safety at all times during this project and don't hesitate to seek professional advice if needed.