Can I Repair a Steel Panel?

Posted by polebarnguru on 04/20/2015
Can I Repair a Steel Panel?

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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Ecology Blocks

Posted by polebarnguru on 04/17/2015
Ecology Blocks

Hansen Pole Buildings Designer Rick is an avid stream fisherman. Near one of his favorite fishing holes, is also one of his favorite after fishing watering holes – The Castle Rock Inn. Last December 16, the Inn burned to the ground: http://host.madison.com/news/local/columnists/on-wisconsin-optimism-remains-intact-at-the-castle-rock-inn/article_b14f8b8d-ae28-5668-a61f-be119981a5e3.html The owners of The Castle Rock Inn chose a pole building to replace […]

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Roof Only Pole Buildings Take II

Posted by polebarnguru on 04/16/2015
Roof Only Pole Buildings Take II

Roof Only Pole Buildings – Again Roof only pole buildings are most often appealing for one reason, consumers believe they are going to take fewer materials – after all there are no walls! Therefore, be less expensive! An interesting article, written by Eric Beavers (COO of Armstrong Steel Buildings) appeared recently in Rural Builder Magazine, […]

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Wind Speed

Posted by polebarnguru on 04/14/2015
Wind Speed

Just Another Windy Conversation Hansen Pole Buildings’ Designer Rick asked me this question today: “Mike, I got a guy who wants to compare an over wind rated building to a Quonset hut at 150 mph” (miles per hour). Of course I jump right onto this one off the get go, “So the Quonset people have […]

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Dear Guru: Why Vapor Barrier?

Posted by polebarnguru on 04/13/2015
Dear Guru: Why Vapor Barrier?

DEAR POLE BARN GURU: I constructed a pole building with the help of Iowa based Amish group. They put up the main structure including metal roof. Due to city codes, I enclosed the 40x60x12 structure using 1/2 osb, house wrap and then vinyl siding. I want to use paper faced 4x8x4″ Styrofoam sheets on the […]

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Treated Wood

Posted by polebarnguru on 04/10/2015
Treated Wood

Treated Wood Industry Looks to Toughen Standards Prior to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) dipping its nose into the pressure preservative treating chemical industry in 2002, buying treated wood was pretty darn easy. Chromated Copper Arsenate (CCA) was the treatment of choice for most everything. CCA was so much cleaner to work with than its […]

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Prescriptive Requirements

Posted by polebarnguru on 04/09/2015
Prescriptive Requirements

Larimer County, Colorado I drive through the Fort Collins area about once a year. Other than the urbanized areas, the terrain is a classic example of Exposure C for wind (for a “fun” wind exposure story read http://www.hansenpolebuildings.com/blog/2011/11/wind_exposure/ or to get more technical: http://www.hansenpolebuildings.com/blog/2012/03/wind-exposure-confusion/). One of our clients had been discussing with Hansen Pole Buildings […]

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Universal Glulam Plus Columns

Posted by polebarnguru on 04/08/2015
Universal Glulam Plus Columns

Hansen Pole Buildings Wizard Justine is in a never ending search to provide the best possible building components to our clients. For some of the pole building kit packages we provide, glu-laminated columns are either specified by the client, or are the best design solution. Long time readers may remember the friendly discussions over nail […]

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Universal Forest Products DHP

Posted by polebarnguru on 04/07/2015
Universal Forest Products DHP

Universal Forest Products Double Hinge Plate Having spent a generation in the truss industry, very tall trusses always posed a challenge – both in how to fabricate, as well is in shipping. Granted I once fabricated some 17 foot tall trusses, then couldn’t legally deliver them to the jobsite! Universal Forest Products http://www.ufpi.com may have […]

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Creating a Thermal Break

Posted by polebarnguru on 04/06/2015
Creating a Thermal Break

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 Decks and Snow

Posted by polebarnguru on 04/03/2015
Pole Building Decks and Snow

Over the past several years we have seen more and more pole (post frame) buildings with exterior decks attached. Most of these instances are in conjunction with residential and man cave uses. For more reading on pole building decks in general see: http://www.hansenpolebuildings.com/blog/2013/11/decks/ This past winter has seen a lot of snow fall in some […]

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Concrete after a Fire

Posted by polebarnguru on 04/02/2015
Concrete after a Fire

We recently received a request from a client who had a building burn to the ground. The client proposed to reuse their existing concrete – which to me has always resonated as a bad choice. But is it actually a bad choice? Concrete can be some amazing stuff. In June of 1987, I was privileged […]

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Vertical Flush Walls

Posted by polebarnguru on 04/01/2015
Vertical Flush Walls

There is a builder in my neck of the woods who advertises as “the only company around that offers…Vertical Flush Walls, for your pole building, shop or garage, which allows you to sheetrock inside your building without having to re-frame the inside!” In the photo with this article, wall girts have been placed “barn” style […]

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Colors for Vinyl Windows

Posted by polebarnguru on 03/31/2015
Colors for Vinyl Windows

Back in the early days of my career in the pole (post frame) building industry, the great majority of pole building windows were single glazed (one pane of glass) in anodized aluminum frames. These were several things, none of which would be associated with high quality, all of which were about low price. It wasn’t […]

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A Pole Building Basement?

Posted by polebarnguru on 03/30/2015
A Pole Building Basement?

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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Cantilever Roof Overhangs

Posted by polebarnguru on 03/27/2015
Cantilever Roof Overhangs

Seemingly if it is the strange, unusual or near impossible (although we have been told a few times we can do the impossible) in post frame (pole) building construction, there is a good chance we have been involved in it! A circumstance which is becoming more and more prevalent is cantilever roof overhangs. When I […]

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Pressure Treated Lumber

Posted by polebarnguru on 03/26/2015
Pressure Treated Lumber

Preserving Wood Columns Beyond Code Requirements The Building Codes (IBC – International Building Code and IRC – International Residential Code) specify minimum requirements for pressure treated lumber used to structurally support buildings. My previous dissertations on pressure treating are available for your reading pleasure here: http://www.hansenpolebuildings.com/blog/2012/10/pressure-treated-posts-2/ and http://www.hansenpolebuildings.com/blog/2014/05/building-code-3/ Hansen Pole Buildings Designer Kelly brought to […]

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Shingle Warranties

Posted by polebarnguru on 03/25/2015
Shingle Warranties

Personally I would never put a roof on any building I own other than steel. Here is my take: http://www.hansenpolebuildings.com/blog/2012/01/steel-roofing-2/ Some folks have the mistaken idea shingled roofs are a better solution in the event of extreme hail events. Here is the truth: http://www.hansenpolebuildings.com/blog/2013/04/metal-roofing/ For those who are still not convinced and seriously still think […]

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I Am Going to Defend Morton Buildings

Posted by polebarnguru on 03/24/2015
I Am Going to Defend Morton Buildings

What? Have I gone out of my mind? No, not at all. We’ve always had a good relationship with Morton Buildings. They are the largest post frame (pole) builder in America, but all they do is build. We’ve had them refer clients to us who are looking only for building kits. I ‘net surf a lot […]

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Which Insulation to Use?

Posted by polebarnguru on 03/23/2015
Which Insulation to Use?

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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Part IV: Lumber Quality

Posted by polebarnguru on 03/20/2015
Part IV: Lumber Quality

We Don’t Always Do Things Perfect, But We Do Listen Part IV Last summer Hansen Pole Buildings Supplied a pole building kit package to a client who experienced a few challenges and took the time to address them. Here is the last portion of the email I was responding to (the past three days’ blogs […]

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Part III: Ceiling Load Trusses

Posted by polebarnguru on 03/19/2015
Part III: Ceiling Load Trusses

We Don’t Always Do Things Perfect, But We Do Listen Part III Last summer Hansen Pole Buildings Supplied a pole building kit package to a client who experienced a few challenges and took the time to address them. Here is the email I was responding to: (Items #1-3 were addressed on the last two days’ […]

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Carport Attachment: Part II

Posted by polebarnguru on 03/18/2015
Carport Attachment: Part II

We Don’t Always Do Things Perfect, But We Do Listen Part II Last summer Hansen Pole Buildings Supplied a pole building kit package to a client who experienced a few challenges and took the time to address them. Here is a portion of the email I was responding to: “On the design flaws, and other […]

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Setting Pole Building Posts

Posted by polebarnguru on 03/17/2015
Setting Pole Building Posts

We Don’t Always Do Things Perfectly, But We Do Listen Last summer Hansen Pole Buildings Supplied a pole building kit package to a client who experienced a few challenges and I took the time to address each one of them. This is Part I of a four part response. First – here is my initial […]

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How Should I Do Knee Braces?

Posted by polebarnguru on 03/16/2015
How Should I Do Knee Braces?

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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