Winds and Stick Frame Construction

Posted by polebarnguru on 10/15/2015
Winds and Stick Frame Construction

Winds and Stick Frame Construction This first appeared at www.ValleyNewsLive.com on Monday Oct. 12, 2015: “High winds caused a building under construction to fall in Fargo Monday. Parts of a building in the 300-block of 39th Street south, near the Flying J truck stop, fell apart after 1:00 p.m. Monday. City building inspectors say they […]

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The Expensive Roof That Failed

Posted by polebarnguru on 10/14/2015
The Expensive Roof That Failed

SIPs (Structural Insulated Panels) are nothing new. The idea for using stress skinned panels began in the depression era with research and testing done primarily by Forest Products Laboratory in Madison, Wisconsin, as part of an USFS (United States Forest Service) attempt to conserve forest resources. Engineers from Forest Products Laboratory weren’t the only ones […]

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Snow Load Duration Factor

Posted by polebarnguru on 10/13/2015
Snow Load Duration Factor

Snow Load Duration Factor Wood is a natural, fibrous non-homogeneous material.  Because of this wood has several unique characteristics.  One of these properties is duration of load.  This is the ability of wood to resist higher stresses when loads are applied for a short duration of time.  In other words, wood has a higher strength […]

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What is included in a Hansen Building Kit?

Posted by polebarnguru on 10/12/2015
What is included in a Hansen Building Kit?

Welcome to Ask the Pole Barn Guru – where you can ask questions about building topics, with answers posted on Mondays.  With many questions to answer, please be patient to watch for yours to come up on a future Monday segment.  If you want a quick answer, please be sure to answer with a “reply-able” […]

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Pole Building Moratorium

Posted by polebarnguru on 10/09/2015
Pole Building Moratorium

I’m a pretty calm guy. It takes a lot to get a fire stoked under me, but the City of Williston, North Dakota could eventually get me there. And here is why…. The Williston city commissioners are considering making a pole building moratorium on any new metal or pole structures permanent. In my humble opinion, […]

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When Life Changes in the Blink of an Eye

Posted by polebarnguru on 10/08/2015
When Life Changes in the Blink of an Eye

Judy Hansen is a Registered Nurse, who generally worked in smallish hospitals in the area around Browns Valley, MN. Primarily working in or being a nurse manager for 24 years – she pretty well did it all, including delivering her share of little ones into the world. One of her favorite positions was working at […]

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Trailside Sign Covers

Posted by polebarnguru on 10/07/2015
Trailside Sign Covers

My only sibling, younger brother Mark, spent years in the construction industry. Among them were being top selling Building Designer at M & W Building Supply (when I owned it) in Canby, Oregon  and my partner in the post frame (pole) building construction business at Momb Building Systems. Mark is pretty sharp at keeping his […]

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Horizontal Steel Siding

Posted by polebarnguru on 10/06/2015
Horizontal Steel Siding

The answer is – yes! Back in the late 1960’s in Spokane, Washington Joseph “Joe” Mazzie started Pacific Metal Buildings. Joe is from my father and uncle’s generation and, being in construction (and living in the same general area of town) they were acquainted. Joe developed a reputation as a shrewd businessman, as well as […]

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Building Interior Height

Posted by polebarnguru on 10/05/2015
Building Interior Height

Welcome to Ask the Pole Barn Guru – where you can ask questions about building topics, with answers posted on Mondays.  With many questions to answer, please be patient to watch for yours to come up on a future Monday segment.  If you want a quick answer, please be sure to answer with a “reply-able” […]

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A Hazardous Chemical Solution

Posted by polebarnguru on 10/02/2015
A Hazardous Chemical Solution

Safe disposal of hazardous chemicals can be a challenge for businesses, residents and landfills. Plymouth County, Iowa came up with a solution, which involved the construction of an approximately 60 by 70 foot pole building. The Regional Collection Center (RCC) encompasses an about 30-by-60-foot space inside. The remaining space is for landfill storage. An about […]

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Pole Building Grain Storage

Posted by polebarnguru on 10/01/2015
Pole  Building Grain Storage

Ritzville, Washington lies along the Interstate Highway between Spokane and Seattle. In the heart of wheat country, it is also home of some huge, cone shaped piles of stored wheat. For many years, I had my lovely bride convinced the wheat piles were there because Ritzville was the home of Nabisco Ritz crackers. Eventually I […]

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Protection from Wildfires Part II

Posted by polebarnguru on 09/30/2015
Protection from Wildfires Part II

Yesterday I started the discussion of the International Wildland-Urban Interface Code –which spells out requirements for protecting buildings in case of wildfires.  So back up a day if you missed the first part of this. To recap a bit… The International Wildland-Urban Interface Code (IWUIC) is a model code intended to be adopted and used […]

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Protection from Wildfires Part I

Posted by polebarnguru on 09/29/2015
Protection from Wildfires Part I

Population growth and the expanding urban development into traditionally nonurban areas have increasingly brought humans into contact with wildfires. In the decade ending with 1994, wildfires destroyed more than 9,000 homes in the United States. Generally, these homes were located in areas where structures and other human developments meet or intermingle with undeveloped wildland or […]

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Life of Pressure Treated Columns

Posted by polebarnguru on 09/28/2015
Life of Pressure Treated Columns

Welcome to Ask the Pole Barn Guru – where you can ask questions about building topics, with answers posted on Mondays.  With many questions to answer, please be patient to watch for yours to come up on a future Monday segment.  If you want a quick answer, please be sure to answer with a “reply-able” […]

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Aligning Endwall Purlins

Posted by polebarnguru on 09/25/2015
Aligning Endwall Purlins

When the Stars are Out of Alignment In post frame (pole) building construction, the stars do not have to align in order for all things to work out happily (and easily). Some things DO have to align, and an important one – at least when it comes to getting through screwed steel roofing to work […]

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Requirements for Stairs

Posted by polebarnguru on 09/24/2015
Requirements for Stairs

It Takes a Hole to Raise a Stair Or at least a hole adequate to get the stairs through to the floor above! I’m a big guy – 6’5” in my bare feet. When stairs have inadequate headroom, my forehead pays the price. When it comes to calculating adequate headroom, most people display their skills of […]

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Stepped Roof Design

Posted by polebarnguru on 09/23/2015
Stepped Roof Design

When I first began writing blog articles over four years ago, I assumed I’d get to maybe 100 topics or so, and then be out of things to write about. FAT CHANCE After 957 of them, the list of possible topics grows every day. I did a search for “stepped roofs” on our website today […]

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Pole Building Door Safety

Posted by polebarnguru on 09/22/2015
Pole Building Door Safety

Don’t be the Next Break In Sometimes the story is not the story and the misfortunes of others can be a lesson. In this morning’s news: “Police are seeking information about a break-in at a Wexford County, Michigan pole barn. The incident occurred Monday on Boon Road in Haring Township. A side door to the barn […]

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How Far to Lower the Trusses?

Posted by polebarnguru on 09/21/2015
How Far to Lower the Trusses?

Welcome to Ask the Pole Barn Guru – where you can ask questions about building topics, with answers posted on Mondays.  With many questions to answer, please be patient to watch for yours to come up on a future Monday segment.  If you want a quick answer, please be sure to answer with a “reply-able” […]

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Pole Building Shipping Disasters

Posted by polebarnguru on 09/18/2015
Pole Building Shipping Disasters

Convoy For those of you not old enough to remember, or those of us too old to remember, the late 1970’s were a time of 55 mph speed limits and C.W. McCall’s iconic: https://search.yahoo.com/search?ei=UTF-8&fr=crmas&p=cw+mccall+convoy Interesting things can happen to pole building kit packages once they get loaded on to one of those big rigs and […]

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Southern Pine is Not a Benefit!

Posted by polebarnguru on 09/17/2015
Southern Pine is Not a Benefit!

Almost Anything Can be Sold as a Benefit Over the years I have noticed one thing about sales people (and sales organizations), almost anything can be run up the flag pole as a benefit (oftentimes it is actually a feature) and if it is touted highly enough, a certain number of people will believe it. […]

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Local Lumberyard Quote

Posted by polebarnguru on 09/16/2015
Local Lumberyard Quote

Local Lumberyard + Pole Barns = Scary Yes, the title looks to be a simple math equation. The problem with math equations is, not very many people can actually do them – at least not when they fly a desk at the local lumber dealer. Case in point –XYZ Lumberyard with multiple state locations. (name […]

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Construction Safety Trajedy

Posted by polebarnguru on 09/15/2015
Construction Safety Trajedy

Sometimes Things Go Tragically Wrong Construction safety is nothing to overlook. Even the most experienced among us can make errors (read a very personal story here: http://www.hansenpolebuildings.com/2011/07/dont-take-a-fall/) Tuesday, September 8, 2015 an under construction building in Queenstown, Maryland had some challenges. Here is the story: “Two construction workers were flown to the University of Maryland […]

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How Deep Should Pole Barn Holes Be?

Posted by polebarnguru on 09/14/2015
How Deep Should Pole Barn Holes Be?

Welcome to Ask the Pole Barn Guru – where you can ask questions about building topics, with answers posted on Mondays.  With many questions to answer, please be patient to watch for yours to come up on a future Monday segment.  If you want a quick answer, please be sure to answer with a “reply-able” […]

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Requirements by Building Departments

Posted by polebarnguru on 09/11/2015
Requirements by Building Departments

The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Intentions Around about 1150 Saint Bernard of Clairvaux is thought to have originated the phrase. It is highly unlikely he had the prescriptive requirements provided by Building Departments for post frame (pole building) construction in mind at the time. More powerful people than I have ranked and […]

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