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Old 10-01-2019, 01:01 AM   #1
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Post & Beam

A Netherlands house built in 1890 was revamped in 1997 and 2012. It has a thatched roof and a 38x41x27 indoor barn.
What caught my eye was the iron fitting on the post and beam joint. I wonder if that was original or part of the 97 or 07 upgrades.
Certainly by 97 much more sophisticated hardware was available but they could have been trying to make it look old.
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Old 10-01-2019, 07:23 AM   #2
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That's really interesting, it looks like they're shifting the load because the roof weight cracked the beam. What is interesting is that reinforcement is now a pulling force on the post. The original joint put that into force into a flex at the top of the post stiffening the long beam so it could carry more weight. Or I could be completely off base!

That building is so warm and gorgeous.
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Old 10-01-2019, 07:55 AM   #3
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I've no understanding of stresses, strains, loadings etc but, as a layman, I know that it's usually wise to join the front elevation to the gable end.

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It's a listed building I know which dates from the 16th or 17th Century but was refronted in brick in the 18th Century.
Whether the iron straps were added then, or subsequently, isn't recorded.
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Old 10-02-2019, 12:51 PM   #4
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A wonderful house on the canal, though I can't see where the great room fits in it.
The stapled strap keeps the beam from falling sideways either way off the post and seems a good way to do it, originally or as an add-on.
They stack their champagne like firewood!

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Old 10-03-2019, 12:48 AM   #5
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Can't drive to it, no thanks.
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Old 10-03-2019, 07:00 AM   #6
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The stapled strap keeps the beam from falling sideways either way off the post and seems a good way to do it, originally or as an add-on.

I don't think so. There should be a tenon on the post and it's pocketed. I can't tell if that's a crack in the beam... Still a cool house.

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Old 10-03-2019, 12:54 PM   #7
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Looks cracked on the top beam, don't know why the staple in the joint.
Enlarged it looks like there may be a sistering seam on the face, but we can speculate till the cows come home. What we need is a volunteer to go look at it.
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