Horse Stalls: What Size?

Posted by polebarnguru on 12/19/2011
Horse Stalls: What Size?

My 21 year old daughter Bailey is a professional horse trainer. She works at a riding facility in Aumsville, Oregon – near Salem. Now Dad is pretty proud of her, as she has competed with the best in Tennessee and one of her horses was a national grand champion. The road to her dream occupation […]

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Pole Building Financing: Why it Makes Sense

Posted by polebarnguru on 12/16/2011
Pole Building Financing: Why it Makes Sense

My lovely bride and I have been putting away money so we can finish our new home – cabinets, trims and floor coverings and we’ve got it made. Now we have been saving for what, five years? At this rate, I will be dead for about forty years before I’ll have saved enough to enjoy […]

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Lateral Wind Loads: The Shoebox

Posted by polebarnguru on 12/15/2011
Lateral Wind Loads: The Shoebox

Here is an easy home activity, which will give you an idea of how buildings work. Find a discarded shoe box; remove the top and any contents. Now turn upside down on a countertop. With one hand, push gently downward on the inverted box, enough so as to limit the ability of the sides to […]

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Planning Department Fiasco: Just Say No Part II

Posted by polebarnguru on 12/14/2011
Planning Department Fiasco: Just Say No Part II

Today’s blog is a true story continuation from yesterday – so if you missed it, go back and catch up. The location is masked so as to avoid any possible retribution against the clients who were just trying to do things right. Dealing with your Planning Department can be a hurdle to overcome before you […]

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Planning Department: Just Saying No

Posted by polebarnguru on 12/13/2011
Planning Department: Just Saying No

Just Saying No: A Planning Department Horror Story The location is masked so as to avoid any possible retribution against the clients who were just trying to do things right. Thankfully this is not how things usually go, but the Planning Department can be a hurdle to overcome before you even consider starting in on […]

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Architectural Review Board: The Dreaded ARB

Posted by polebarnguru on 12/12/2011
Architectural Review Board: The Dreaded ARB

I read a fair number of blogs relating to the construction industry. Recently one of them was talking about the proposed removal of an 80 year-old pine tree leaning precariously over their house. This resulted in a call to an arborist (on a sidebar, I have near my home a business “The Affordable Arborists”, which […]

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Building Materials: Inventory and Inspection

Posted by polebarnguru on 12/09/2011
Building Materials: Inventory and Inspection

Like many suppliers of pole buildings kits, whether “standard” or completely “custom” kits, such as ours, I’m sure I am barking up a familiar tree.  What does building materials inventory involve?  Let me tell you about one of my most frustrating stories first. The one which first comes to mind, in talking about inventory, is […]

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Truss Connectors: What to Use on Damaged Trusses

Posted by polebarnguru on 12/08/2011
Truss Connectors: What to Use on Damaged Trusses

As noted yesterday, damaged trusses warrant a repair design by a professional…a licensed engineer.  This is not something for “guesswork” or scabbing on a bunch of lumber.  First the forces of where damage occurred need to be analyzed, and then only an engineer with solid experience in repairing damages should be engaged to elicit the […]

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Damaged Truss Repair Part I

Posted by polebarnguru on 12/07/2011
Damaged Truss Repair Part I

Metal plate connected (MPC) wood trusses are found in nearly all types of pole building construction as well as both residential and small commercial projects. While the growth of the structural building component industry has been excellent over the years, it is not without some growing pains. As the use of trusses has increased, so […]

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Forest Restoration: Can’t See the Forest for the Trees Part II

As I said yesterday, between 1952 and 2001, more trees grew, more trees died, and more were harvested.  Why? Forest density has a huge role in tree morbidity.  Forest restoration begins with sound ecologic management practices. I have a home in the state of Washington, and in fact, live a good share of the year […]

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Forest Health: Can’t See the Forest for the Trees?

Posted by polebarnguru on 12/05/2011
Forest Health: Can’t See the Forest for the Trees?

There have been times when I have seen manufacturers of all steel buildings attempt to portray pole buildings as being less than ecologically friendly. The premise being steel is 100% recyclable, while wood somehow is not. Or, by using wood in construction, we are somehow cutting down all of the trees! Today, forest growth in […]

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Is Mini-Storage for You?

Posted by polebarnguru on 12/02/2011
Is Mini-Storage for You?

Is Mini-Storage for You? My brother and I were pole building contractors in 1991, when we got a contract to construct 3 self-storage buildings along rural Highway 95 just north of Athol, Idaho. We’d done other work for the same client, and had met with the property owner, who was providing the financing for the […]

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Don’t Get Tired, Get Roofed: Recycled Roofing Materials

Posted by polebarnguru on 12/01/2011
Don’t Get Tired, Get Roofed: Recycled Roofing Materials

Most alternative eco-friendly roofing materials, such as those which contain a high recycled content, are about three to four times the installed cost of asphalt shingles.  This is a hard sell for anyone, no matter how green you want to be. There may be a reason to be optimistic for the future, however. Euroshiled Roofing’s […]

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Building Site Prep: Soil Compaction How-To

Posted by polebarnguru on 11/30/2011
Building Site Prep: Soil Compaction How-To

The desired level of soil compaction is best achieved by matching the soil type with its proper compaction method.  Other factors must be considered as well, such as soil compaction specs and job site conditions.  Since granular soils are not cohesive and the particles require a shaking or vibratory action to move them, vibratory plates […]

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Site Prepartion Part IV: Soil Density

Posted by polebarnguru on 11/29/2011
Site Prepartion Part IV: Soil Density

Ready to get your head deeper into the dirt?  Stick with me here and I’ll explain at the end why this is so important. Here we go…. The Proctor, or Modified Proctor Test, determines the maximum density of a soil needed for a specific job site.  The test first determines the maximum density achievable for […]

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Site Preparation Part III: Soil Moisture Content

Posted by polebarnguru on 11/28/2011
Site Preparation Part III: Soil Moisture Content

When I think of water and soil, I can’t help but think of the Tower of Suurhusen in Germany.  This one leans even more than the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy.  But it’s why it leans which interests me.  Built in 1450, it probably would have never leaned, if not for changing the moisture […]

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Building Site Preparation Part II: Soil Compaction

Posted by polebarnguru on 11/25/2011
Building Site Preparation Part II: Soil Compaction

This is day two in several where I am discussing all kinds of issues with site preparation, mostly what to do with the…dirt. So what actually is soil? Soil is formed in place or deposited by various forces of nature – such as glaciers, wind, lakes and rivers – residually or organically.  The important elements […]

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Building Site Preparation: Talking Dirty Part I

Posted by polebarnguru on 11/23/2011
Building Site Preparation: Talking Dirty Part I

Caught your attention, didn’t I? Every building project starts from the same place – the dirt. In order to achieve a quality outcome, it takes a quality beginning.  It’s hard to believe, but there is a lot of “stuff” to cover about dirt.  Stick with me here for the next several blogs and we’ll take […]

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Fiberglass insulation in pole buildings

Posted by polebarnguru on 11/22/2011
Fiberglass insulation in pole buildings

The best time to insulate your new pole building…is at the time of construction. There are many building features which are more easily done at time of construction, but sometimes the old pocketbook only stretches so far. At the very least, if you can prepare your building for future “additions” of features such as additional […]

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What is BIBS® Insulation?

Posted by polebarnguru on 11/21/2011
What is BIBS® Insulation?

I’ve personally used and experienced wonderful results with a product referred to by the trade name BIBS®.  You can read more about it on the internet:  www.bibs.com I know I’m going to sound like a commercial talking about how great this stuff is, but I honestly have no affiliation with the company producing it. I […]

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Metal Building Insulation in Pole Building Part II

Posted by polebarnguru on 11/18/2011
Metal Building Insulation in Pole Building Part II

If you didn’t read my yesterday’s blog – you may want to prior to reading today’s, which is the “rest of the story” on metal building insulation, commonly known as “MBI”. My first experience installing MBI was not a fun one, in any sense of the word “fun”. What no one warned us about were […]

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Metal Building Insulation in Pole Buildings Part I

Posted by polebarnguru on 11/17/2011
Metal Building Insulation in Pole Buildings Part I

It was a cold morning….and I was working on one of the first pole barns I had ever built. With the roof all framed up, it was time to install the roof steel, or so I thought. In a pile, on the ground, were bags of something white, about as large as an oversized water […]

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Reflective radiant barrier in Pole Buildings

Posted by polebarnguru on 11/16/2011
Reflective radiant barrier in Pole Buildings

As I mentioned yesterday, once you decide what your “needs” are when it comes to insulation, you can begin to narrow down your choices.  Just knowing the “R” value is not enough.  Sometimes insulation is used in other ways – like a reflective radiant barrier. We use a product which “just is what it is”.  […]

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Building Insulation: Vapor Barrier

Posted by polebarnguru on 11/15/2011
Building Insulation: Vapor Barrier

Insulation is one of the topics, once brought into conversation, seems to make most folks’ eyes glaze over.  Many know enough to ask about R Value, and understand “the higher the better”.  Or so they think.  Sometimes you need to stop a minute and go back to the source of what I call “the need”.  […]

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Attic Access: Let me in!

Posted by polebarnguru on 11/14/2011
Attic Access: Let me in!

Let me in…Let me in! A fair number of pole buildings end up with enclosed attic spaces. An enclosed attic is one where the bottom chord (lowest horizontal or in the case of a vaulted ceiling – slightly sloping) has a ceiling attached or suspended from it. In the event this is going to happen […]

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