Category Archives: Building Styles and Designs

Clear Span Width, Interior Sliders, and Roof Quote!

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/01/02 @ 8:03
Clear Span Width, Interior Sliders, and Roof Quote!

DEAR POLE BARN GURU: What is the widest free span I can get in a pole barn? I live in zip 54474 for snow loads. Needs to have a door opening of 14′. LES in ROSHOLTDEAR LES: It would be very practical to have a clearspan of up to and including 80 feet. In some […]

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HOA Requirements

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/12/29 @ 8:00
HOA Requirements

Some Temporary Holiday Cheer Back in May of this year I wrote about how the neighbors of a new post frame barndominium had ganged up under the auspices of their HOA Requirements to try to force the demolition of the building under construction. (You can read about it here: http://www.hansenpolebuildings.com/2016/05/not-mess-hoas/). Well, the building owners have […]

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Cost Savings of a Crawlspace vs a Slab!

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/12/12 @ 8:00
Cost Savings of a Crawlspace vs a Slab!

DEAR POLE BARN GURU: I am building a pole barn 50 foot clear span wide, and 70 foot long, 16 foot to the eve. I am using 4×4 metal uprights on 20 foot spans, red iron purlins and stringers, and 4×4 metal welded all around the top. I am using conventional wood trusses engineered for […]

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Two Story Pole Buildings

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/12/09 @ 8:00
Two Story Pole Buildings

Are Two Stories the Solution? Another great question from a reader, which requires a lengthy answer. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: I was wondering if it possible two have a 2-story structure with 2 garages + some storage on the ground floor and a small office with bath and small kitchen on the 2nd floor (in […]

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Gymnasiums Perfect for Post Frame Truss Construction

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/11/18 @ 8:00
Gymnasiums Perfect for Post Frame Truss Construction

This article’s content was published in Construction Magazine, October 28, 2016 Post-frame construction is ideal for non-code-exempt buildings of many shapes and sizes. One category of such structures that is often overlooked by post-frame builders is gymnasiums and multipurpose recreational buildings. Gymnasiums and multipurpose recreational buildings are a perfect fit for post-frame construction for several […]

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A Pole Barn Fit for the Olympics

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/11/11 @ 8:00
A Pole Barn Fit for the Olympics

Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register Truthfully, I am not one of those people who sits mesmerized in front of the television watching every last minute of the Olympic Games. Some of it is probably from my general refusal to watch network television in general. I could not tell you who won any events […]

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4 Tips for Using a Pole Barn as Bulk Storage

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/11/01 @ 8:49
4 Tips for Using a Pole Barn as Bulk Storage

Of course the lofty ceilings and long, tall skeletons of pole barns are wonderful for breathable living spaces and roomy storefronts. But the endless customizability of pole barns also lends storage utility for goods produced and delivered in bulk. If you want to turn your pole barn into a world-class storage facility, just follow these […]

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When Should You Build a Larger Garage?

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/10/28 @ 8:42
When Should You Build a Larger Garage?

Maybe you’re currently parking your car on the street or struggling to get enough storage space out of your single-car garage. If you have the space on your property, you may be thinking about expanding your current garage or even adding something totally new like a pole building garage or pole barn carport. A garage […]

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4 Things to Love about Gambrel Roofs

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/10/27 @ 8:25
4 Things to Love about Gambrel Roofs

The gambrel roof is characterized by two slopes on each side, with a shallow upper slope and a steeper lower slope. This is the style of roof you’ll see on many traditional barns, but a building with a gambrel roof doesn’t just have to be used for hay storage or livestock. Gambrel roofs are a […]

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Street Department Buildings

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/10/20 @ 8:00
Street Department Buildings

The Borough of Minersville, Pennsylvania is probably very similar to much of rural Americana. It affords some of the services which citizens come to expect – police, water, sewer and a street department. Now in the case of Minersville, their Street Department became just a wee bit more colorful nearly two years ago when its […]

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Arenas for Therapeutic Riding

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/10/18 @ 8:00
Arenas for Therapeutic Riding

Content in part from an October 13, 2016 article by Matt Vergara which appeared at www.krem.com. “RATHDRUM, Idaho – A new therapy center in Rathdrum is helping students with disabilities through horseback riding. Organizers with the Running W. Therapeutic Riding Center said Thursday they are looking for more support. This non-profit is all about offering […]

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Pole Building Rescues Fired Fire Department

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/10/07 @ 8:00
Pole Building Rescues Fired Fire Department

I’ve previously opined about my local Fire Department and the public’s “investment” into a new and fancy building: http://www.hansenpolebuildings.com/2014/07/fire-stations/. Our fire station is now complete and I am in hopes the money spent will make our rural area safer from fires. Some Fire Departments are not as lucky. The Poland (New York) Volunteer Fire Department […]

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Horse Barn on a Budget

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/09/27 @ 8:42
Horse Barn on a Budget

Any sort of construction project can feel overwhelming. From design to budget to execution, the process can cause strain and stress on even the best contractor. If regular projects weren’t difficult enough, consider horse barn construction and the process of putting together something that is supposed to house multiple 1,000 pound animals. For a construction […]

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Get Your Own Prefab Cabin in the Woods

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/09/23 @ 8:37
Get Your Own Prefab Cabin in the Woods

Building your own wilderness retreat isn’t as difficult—or as expensive—as you might think. If building a cabin in the woods has always been a dream of yours, it’s time to look into prefab cabin options. By purchasing a prefabricated cabin kit, you’ll get all the building materials you need, along with detailed plans so that […]

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5 Tips for Storing and Protecting Your RV

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/09/16 @ 8:47
5 Tips for Storing and Protecting Your RV

As an RV owner, you may enjoy weeks or even months of traveling the country every year. But do you have a plan in place for those times when you won’t be using your motorhome? If you have a permanent home and give your RV a break for part of the year, it’s important to […]

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Give Your Hobby a Home with These Custom Workshop Ideas

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/09/15 @ 8:37
Give Your Hobby a Home with These Custom Workshop Ideas

Maybe you have a hobby that’s outgrown its current space. Or your family has been telling you they’re tired of hearing power tools running in the garage. Maybe you just need a place to work that’s free of distractions. Whatever the case, it’s time to build a custom workshop. You can create a backyard workshop […]

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6 Things to Consider When Building a Covered Riding Arena

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/09/14 @ 8:26
6 Things to Consider When Building a Covered Riding Arena

You’ve been dreaming of adding a covered riding arena to your property. Maybe you teach riding lessons and need a better space to work with your students. Or maybe you just want somewhere you can ride when the weather’s less than ideal. Whatever the case, you’re itching to start building! Choosing a horse arena kit […]

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How Energy Efficient Are Pole Buildings? Key Insulation Tips

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/09/13 @ 8:16
How Energy Efficient Are Pole Buildings? Key Insulation Tips

If you’re thinking about building a pole barn home (or ‘barndominium’), you no doubt already know that construction and labor costs for this type of residence can be significantly lower than the cost of building a traditional house. However, you may be wondering what your monthly utility bills will look like once you move in. […]

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Can’t Afford a Backyard Guesthouse? Think Again

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/09/12 @ 11:10
Can’t Afford a Backyard Guesthouse? Think Again

Who wouldn’t want a backyard guesthouse and the endless possibilities it offers? You could use your guesthouse to host friends from out of town or house parents or in-laws. You could earn some extra income by renting out your guesthouse on Homeaway or Airbnb, or you could use it as your very own sanctuary for […]

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Nature Center Post Frame Buildings

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/09/02 @ 8:00
Nature Center Post Frame Buildings

Nestled in the Finger Lakes Region of New York State is Cayuga County, the home of the Sterling Nature Center (https://www.facebook.com/sterlingnaturecenter/). This spectacular 1400 acre site, with nearly two miles of Lake Ontario shoreline, has been granted a conservation easement by the State of New York. This unique park features glacially-formed bluffs, with scenic vistas […]

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Andy Rooney’s Words on Barns

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/08/24 @ 8:00
Andy Rooney’s Words on Barns

The late American radio and television writer Andy Rooney joined CBS television in 1949, however is probably best known for his end of the show segment on the CBS News program 60 Minutes, “A Few Minutes with Andy Rooney”, which appeared from 1978 to 2011. Andy had a few words on barns, which I will […]

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Pole Barns Make Poor Runways

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/08/17 @ 8:00
Pole Barns Make Poor Runways

From a recent The Associated Press article:  CARDINGTON, OHIO The state Highway Patrol says a pilot injured his arm when his single engine airplane struck a barn and crashed in a pasture. Sixty-year-old Joe Dreyer, of Cardington, was piloting a Cessna 180 aircraft when he lost power attempting to land at his farm. Authorities say […]

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F Channel and Enclosed Soffits

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/08/04 @ 8:00
F Channel and Enclosed Soffits

My early days of post frame (pole) buildings came in the Pacific Northwest. In the early years, rarely did buildings have any overhangs…at least not beyond a few inches of roof steel extending past the siding. When building did have overhangs, they were always “open”. Open, in this sense, did not mean birds and other […]

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Spray Foam Insulation with Dupont Tyvek House Wrap

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/07/13 @ 8:00
Spray Foam Insulation with Dupont Tyvek House Wrap

Hansen Pole Buildings Designer Rachel asked me about this today: “I have more and more builders say they put Tyvek® on the walls and roof and then spray foam.  This is so they can replace the siding/roofing in the future.  Do you find any downfalls with this?  I thought this was a pretty good idea.” […]

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Open Beam Post Frame Construction

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/05/23 @ 8:00
Open Beam Post Frame Construction

Open Beam Post Frame Construction Post frame (pole barn or pole building) design lends itself to a myriad of different design opportunities which can create some truly unique as well as magnificent spaces. We were recently approached by a client who wanted his 36 foot width post frame building to have a 32 foot long […]

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Secret Rooms in Pole Buildings

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/05/20 @ 8:00
Secret Rooms in Pole Buildings

My oldest son Jake (read more about the adventures of Jake and I here: http://www.hansenpolebuildings.com/2012/07/construction-time-2/), has always had a certain fascination with secret rooms.  Maybe it was from playing the board game Clue too many times as a child! At least his interest is good natured, unlike America’s first serial killer H.H. Holmes. As described […]

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Dear Pole Barn Guru: Vintage Barn

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/05/16 @ 8:00
Dear Pole Barn Guru: Vintage Barn

DEAR POLE BARN GURU: We are in the process of investigating our options re., the construction of a pole barn to serve as a retail antique mall/auction house. We have several sites in mind from 3-5 acres but have made no decision re., that yet as negotiations remain underway. Our facility needs to be vintage […]

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Wildlife Rebilitation Facilities

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/02/03 @ 8:00
Wildlife Rebilitation Facilities

Wildlife rehabilitation facilities are ones which assist native wildlife which have been injured by vehicles, caught in fences or traps, hurt by domestic animals, those which have run into windows or been shot. Animals which are frequently rehabilitated include cottontail rabbits, songbirds, skunks, box turtles, squirrels, opossums, birds of prey, groundhogs, bats, waterfowl and as […]

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Carport to Horse Barn

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/02/02 @ 8:00
Carport to Horse Barn

Please just say in ain’t true….. http://www.mulligansrun.com/ourbarn.php I’ve ranted more than once about what I will term as “blow away” carports. These buildings are not permanent structures in any sense of the term, and due to their small footprint, are generally exempt from the requirement of acquiring a Building Permit. For those who have just […]

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Pole Building Grain Storage

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/10/01 @ 8:00
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 15/09/30 @ 8:00
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 15/09/29 @ 8:00
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 15/09/28 @ 8:00
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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Stepped Roof Design

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/09/23 @ 8:00
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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Local Lumberyard Quote

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/09/16 @ 8:00
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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Requirements by Building Departments

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/09/11 @ 8:00
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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Repurposing a Pole Building

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/09/10 @ 8:00
Repurposing a Pole Building

The following is an actual true story, beginning with this client reaching out via email to the Hansen Pole Buildings Technical Support Department. Hi Tech Support, I can hear your engineers groaning already.  “Why didn’t you design that when you bought the pole building?”  They are completely right, and please feel free to ridicule me […]

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Single Slope Roofs

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/08/19 @ 8:00
Single Slope Roofs

Ranking and Railing About Single Slope Roofs Long time readers have read my beat downs of single slope roofs on pole buildings in the past: http://www.hansenpolebuildings.com/2014/11/single-slope-roof/ Let’s take a gander at how wonderful a single slope roof pole building will work for an RV or tall equipment building.  We get folks coming to us for […]

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Moving Sliding Doors to Inside of Building

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/08/17 @ 8:00
Moving Sliding Doors to Inside of Building

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 Barn Guru Bonus Questions

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/08/13 @ 8:00
Pole Barn Guru Bonus Questions

Mike the Pole Barn Guru would call this his “bonus round” of questions for the week.  Mike is currently sitting at his son’s bedside at a local trauma care hospital.  While waiting for Brent’s surgery following a late night crash on his motorcycle, Mike is keeping vigil over his son.  He will be ok, but […]

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Lake Traverse Pole Building

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/08/05 @ 8:00
Lake Traverse Pole Building

Pizza Hut® Back in the late 1970’s I was jack of all trades, master of a few at Coeur d’Alene Truss in northern Idaho. While we were the “only game in town” with our nearest competitors 30 miles away in Spokane, every once In a while there was a roof truss job I did not […]

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Ten Tips for Planning a Building

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/07/29 @ 8:00
Ten Tips for Planning a Building

Planning a Building – guest blog by J.A.Hansen I am the principle owner and CEO of Hansen Buildings – offering to give Mike a day off from writing a blog. Over the years I’ve done just about everything at Hansen Buildings, including shipping (setting up the original shipping department), ordering materials, writing parts of the […]

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So You Want to Add a Shed

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/07/28 @ 8:00
So You Want to Add a Shed

More than a fair number of pole building kits end up having side sheds added to one or more sides or ends – after the fact. Now this all may sound like a pretty simple process, just plant another row of poles along what will be the new low side of the shed, throw up […]

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Pole Building Insulation Once Constructed

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/07/27 @ 8:00
Pole Building Insulation Once Constructed

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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It Can’t Be a Pole Barn!

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/07/22 @ 8:00
It Can’t Be a Pole Barn!

If Ignorance is Bliss….. Then these folks are truly happy. From a July 21, 2015 article in the Salina (KS) Journal by Tim Horan, “City approves exterior plaza for field house”……. Salina Mayor Jon Blanchard said he wants the appearance of the field house to be unique. “It is going to be a building designed […]

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Harnessing Radiant Heat

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/07/20 @ 8:00
Harnessing Radiant Heat

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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Reverse Gable Porch

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/07/14 @ 8:00
Reverse Gable Porch

The beauty of what I do is I get to learn lots and lots of new stuff. And then I get to share it with my readers – which is even more fun! Today’s bright shiny new thing is the reverse gable porch. First, let us define what a reverse gable is. Picture this, if […]

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Horse Riding Arena

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/06/24 @ 8:00
Horse Riding Arena

Once Upon a Time My nearly four year old grandson Colton overnighted with Grandma and Poppa last night. Colton is Jake’s son (you might remember Jake from various pole building adventures such as http://www.hansenpolebuildings.com/blog/2012/07/construction-time-2/). Colton likes Papa Mike just a little, so we got into some serious pre-bedtime reading and like every good story, they […]

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Open Beam Ceiling

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/06/23 @ 8:00
Open Beam Ceiling

Can We Make This Happen? Hansen Pole Buildings’ Designer Rick has been working with a builder who sent this photo and asked, “Can you make this happen?” The answer is ….. Yes! My pole building mantra has always been: The only limitations are imagination, budget and available space. Once we get past these – everything […]

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Pole Building Burn Time

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/06/11 @ 8:00
Pole Building Burn Time

There are times when I wonder if some of our clients lay awake at night trying to think up new questions to ask our Hansen Pole Buildings’ Designers, which have never been asked before. In today’s question – Building Designer Brenda was asked what the “burn time” is on one of our buildings. Of course […]

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Minimum Wind And Snow Loads

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/06/02 @ 8:00
Minimum Wind And Snow Loads

Hansen Pole Buildings is a proud member of the NFBA (National Frame Building Association http://www.nfba.org). Pretty much every Monday the Association sends out a newsletter, via email, to its members. In today’s newsletter was a link to an article written by Stephen Szoke and published in Construction Executive, May 5, “Building Codes: One Size Does […]

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The Wicked Wheel Barn & Grill

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/05/21 @ 8:00
The Wicked Wheel Barn & Grill

“Wild Eyed and Southern Fried” Panama City Beach, Florida might very well be the best beach this side of paradise – with 27 miles of stunning white sand, emerald green waters and surefire enjoyment in, on or under the water. One thing for certain which they have and no one else has is The Wicked […]

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Monitor Barns and High Snow Loads

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/05/12 @ 8:00
Monitor Barns and High Snow Loads

Back in the early 1990’s, when I was building pole buildings, we had constructed a monitor barn for some clients in the Libby, Montana area. For those who are not familiar with the term “monitor barn” it is a main gabled roof, with side sheds or “wings” on each eave side. The height of the […]

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Let’s Talk Snow Load

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/05/07 @ 8:00
Let’s Talk Snow Load

Even though it is now May – the heavy snowfalls in the New England states this past winter have left many with concerns. Here is an actual conversation, between a client who recently invested in a new Hansen Pole Building kit package, and our Technical Support Department: Client: “Good Afternoon, Quick couple of questions.  The […]

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Saving Money With a Pole Barn

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/05/05 @ 8:00
Saving Money With a Pole Barn

Eight Nifty Tricks to Save Money When Building a Pole Barn (reprised) Bret Buelo of Wick Buildings® wrote an article by this title last year, some of the items I agree with, some not so much. I will offer my “take” on his points. “1. Spacing of your columns. Builders typically space columns anywhere between six […]

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Roof Only Pole Buildings Take II

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/04/16 @ 8:00
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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Creating a Thermal Break

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/04/06 @ 8:00
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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Vertical Flush Walls

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/04/01 @ 8:00
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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Cantilever Roof Overhangs

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/03/27 @ 8:00
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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I Am Going to Defend Morton Buildings

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/03/24 @ 8:00
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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How Should I Do Knee Braces?

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/03/16 @ 8:00
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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Polo Arenas

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/03/11 @ 8:00
Polo Arenas

Hansen Pole Buildings Designer Rick and I were having a discussion about the amount of headroom needed for a horse riding arena which would be for hunter/jumpers. I referred him to a previous article I had written on the subject: http://www.hansenpolebuildings.com/blog/2014/02/riding-arenas/ Rick used to play some serious polo, against folks like the Busch brothers (yes, […]

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Dear Guru: Have You Used SIPs?

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/03/09 @ 8:00
Dear Guru: Have You Used SIPs?

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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Upgraded Pole Building

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/03/04 @ 8:00
Upgraded Pole Building

Upgraded Building at No Additional Cost If you seriously believe this drop me a note – I have some swampland for sale! There are three parts to anything being invested in – price, quality and service. The tough part is, the purchaser is only going to get two of the three. Here is an actual […]

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Metal Arts Buildings

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/03/03 @ 8:00
Metal Arts Buildings

A couple of years ago Hansen Pole Buildings Designer Rick and I had a discussion about interesting people I had done pole building projects for. (Read more about them at: http://www.hansenpolebuildings.com/blog/2013/03/pole-building-11/). One person I had left off my previous list was famous Pacific Northwest sculptor and artist Harold Balazs. While most folks outside of the […]

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Wide Clearspan Sheds Using LVL’s

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/02/18 @ 8:00
Wide Clearspan Sheds Using LVL’s

Back in 2007, we designed and provided a pole building kit package for Chris W. in North Carolina. Chris’ building is 40 foot wide by 50 feet long enclosed with a 14 foot eave height. Along one sidewall his building has a 20 foot wide roof only shed, with a 10’ low eave. In order […]

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Adding a Pole Barn on to Loafer’s

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/02/12 @ 8:00
Adding a Pole Barn on to Loafer’s

Loafer’s Sports Bar and Grill Back in one of my earlier lives, I spent a fair amount of time hanging out in the Baltimore area, as a good friend of mine was going to school at the University of Maryland – Catonsville and I had scored a significant number of $198 round trip air passes […]

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Calvary Chapel Retreat Facility

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/02/10 @ 8:00
Calvary Chapel Retreat Facility

I don’t often share multiple photos of our client’s workmanship, however this case is worth the exception as this pole building is exceptionally well done and has a fair number of features which make it more than just a rectangular box. The 100 foot long building features a center 30 foot width clearspan, with a […]

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Size & Species of Purlins

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/02/05 @ 8:00
Size & Species of Purlins

From the Client Mailbag… Lots of good stories out there and I have been in the mode to share stories lately. Here is one which went through our Technical Support Department recently: “Today I visited the building inspector. I was confirming my intentions of building a Hansen designed structure. The reason is I already have […]

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SIPS

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/02/04 @ 8:00
SIPS

SIPs (Structural Insulated Panels) I like cool stuff. I’m never right at the front of the line for new bright shiny things – but I am close enough to check out the first few and see if the bugs are out or not. SIPs, in my humble opinion, are pretty cool stuff. I’ve never been […]

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Venting a Hip Roof

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/01/28 @ 8:00
Venting a Hip Roof

Hansen Pole Buildings’ Designer Bill is going to keep me on my toes! Before joining the Hansen Buildings team, Bill spent 14+ years as a Construction Project Manager for diverse projects such as commercial, industrial, institutional and medical. What little he doesn’t know, he isn’t afraid of asking. Bill posed this set of circumstances to […]

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Pole Building Full Hip Roof

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/01/27 @ 8:00
Pole Building Full Hip Roof

Back in the late 1970’s I was jack-of-most trades at what was then Coeur d’Alene Truss. In those days, most all roof lines were gables – peak of the roof in the center and the weather runs off two sides. One day a builder client came in and wanted a set of trusses for a […]

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Revolutionary Roof Monitor System

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/01/23 @ 8:00
Revolutionary Roof Monitor System

Revolutionary Roof Monitor™ System Poised to Transform Market Most people have the mistaken belief International Building Code (IBC) snow loading requirements will give them a roof structure which will hold up literally forever. The truth could not be further from this belief! All buildings are categorized in the IBC by Risk Category (See http://publicecodes.cyberregs.com/icod/ibc/2012/icod_ibc_2012_16_par023.htm ) […]

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Guy-wires for Pole Barns

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/01/22 @ 8:00
Guy-wires for Pole Barns

Guy Wires for Pole Barns Ritchie Wallace of Wallace Brothers Construction has been assembling Hansen Pole Building kit packages in the Columbia Gorge of Washington and Oregon for at least a decade – quite a few of them for widespread purposes ranging from garages to picker cabins! Several of his completed projects grace the Hansen […]

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Pole Barn Kits

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/01/20 @ 8:00
Pole Barn Kits

All Cheese Does Not Come From Wisconsin In providing pole barn kit (post frame) packages all over the United States, we do NOT ship roof trusses from our facilities in Browns Valley, Minnesota. Hansen Pole Buildings is about being efficient for our clients, which means outsourcing components when it is the most practical solution. As […]

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Lumber Link

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/01/15 @ 8:00
Lumber Link

Lumber Link by Socket Systems Like many subjects I write about, this one was begun when Hansen Buildings’ Designer David Dorius asked what Eric (Hansen Buildings’ owner) and I knew about a company called Socket Systems. After researching, it appears the Socket System is actually a heavy timber frame building connector system, not a post […]

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Let’s Talk Building Diaphragms

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/01/14 @ 8:00
Let’s Talk Building Diaphragms

When it comes to pole buildings, a diaphragm is a structural assembly – including the timber framing (truss chords and purlins), structural sheathing (e.g. plywood, metal cladding), fasteners and fastening patterns – capable of transferring in-plane shear forces through the cladding and framing members. Diaphragm action is the lateral resistance to racking of the building […]

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Dry-Set Column Anchors

Posted by polebarnguru on 14/12/18 @ 8:00
Dry-Set Column Anchors

I’ve always been a fan of the traditional pole building foundation process. Face it – it is fairly low tech. Most folks have the ability to dig or auger a hole in the ground, stand a pressure preservative treated column in the hole and pour ready-mix concrete under and around the base of the column […]

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Pole Building Screws

Posted by polebarnguru on 14/12/16 @ 8:00
Pole Building Screws

Screwing a Pole Building Together In 2001 I was working for a Northern Idaho pole building construction company. One of my clients was a building contractor from Moscow, Idaho. It seems he had a client he was building a home for in California, and needed a 5000 square foot pole building erected on the site, […]

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Do’s and Don’ts of Attic Remodeling

Posted by polebarnguru on 14/12/10 @ 8:00
Do’s and Don’ts of Attic Remodeling

If it is On the Internet, It Must be True The internet is a great and wonderful place, a highway with a plethora of information rapidly available on nearly any subject. And for me, it has been my livelihood for the past dozen years. On the ‘net can be found websites like Wikipedia (www.wikipedia.org), or […]

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Single Slope Pole Barn

Posted by polebarnguru on 14/11/20 @ 8:00
Single Slope Pole Barn

When the Requests Are Interesting My encouragement to potential clients is to share with us your troubles and your goals – and let us structurally design for you the best solution which is a marriage between wants, needs, budget and available space. Finding happiness in a new building, is much akin to success at finding […]

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Amish Speed Barn Raising

Posted by polebarnguru on 14/11/18 @ 8:00
Amish Speed Barn Raising

Amish Speed Barn Raising All of us seem to be captivated by “speed building” videos. Heck, I even got into it back in 1996, when my company set a world record for the fastest site built two-car garage: (http://www.hansenpolebuildings.com/blog/2011/06/fastest-pole-building-ever-constructed/)!The Mother Nature Network has an Amish barn raising video up, which has become somewhat of an […]

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Changing Pole Building Plans

Posted by polebarnguru on 14/11/11 @ 8:00
Changing Pole Building Plans

You Want To Add What to Your Building? For the most part, adding random extra framing members to a new pole building kit package is not a big deal. There is at least one crucial exception – which could result in a catastrophic collapse if included. We go to great extremes to supply original pole […]

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Kitty Hawk

Posted by polebarnguru on 14/11/05 @ 8:00
Kitty Hawk

My loyal readers know I grew up flying small planes (read more about my adventures at http://www.hansenpolebuildings.com/blog/2013/09/hangar-n3407s/). Growing up in a flying household meant the Wright Brothers were highly revered. I’d always wondered why it is two brothers from Dayton, Ohio ended up making history at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. I had my first experience […]

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Pole Barn Pitch Break: a How-To

Posted by polebarnguru on 14/10/31 @ 8:00
Pole Barn Pitch Break: a How-To

How to: Pitch Break from Steeper to Flatter with Steel Roofing Pitch breaks occur at a transition between steeper (towards peak) and flatter roof slopes (towards the eave). Exercising care, this will be a painless and leak free area. Lots of things are going to occur at the junction between the two roofs. In order […]

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Buying a Non-Engineered Building

Posted by polebarnguru on 14/10/24 @ 8:00
Buying a Non-Engineered Building

The One Simple Secret to Pole Buildings Which Stand Up HINT: It has nothing to do with how it is built! Regardless of what anyone pays for a new pole building, whether investing in a complete kit package, piece mealing it together, or having it constructed – the general idea is to have the building […]

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Horse Barn Aisles

Posted by polebarnguru on 14/10/03 @ 8:00
Horse Barn Aisles

You Will Never Look at a Horse Barn Aisleway the Same Again Most of our equine inclined horse owner clients do not own horses which are worth more than the average house. In fact, most recognize it is not how much (or little) they have paid for their horse (or horses) – the real expense […]

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New Product Building Code Approval

Posted by polebarnguru on 14/09/30 @ 8:01
New Product Building Code Approval

How to Get Building Code Approval for Something New Some folks have the idea Code approval is something easy. Well, not so much….but there is a quicker and less costly approach than what most folks might have initially envisioned. The information below was provided by Qualtim (www.Qualtim.com), and at the least gives some insight into […]

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Stick Built vs Pole Barn Construction

Posted by polebarnguru on 14/09/23 @ 8:00
Stick Built vs Pole Barn Construction

Why are the stick-built and pole-barn businesses so different?  This question was posed to me recently, along with the following commentary:   “Forgive me if this strikes you as a dumb question, but I’m having trouble figuring out why the pole-barn and residential construction businesses are so divided. From what I can tell, companies that […]

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Historic Barns

Posted by polebarnguru on 14/09/11 @ 8:00
Historic Barns

Over the past three years I have had the opportunity to drive nearly every one of the contiguous United States – many of those miles over what might be considered to be back roads. This has afforded me the opportunity to view literally thousands of historic barns. These barns come in all shapes and sizes, […]

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Twilight Zone Contractor

Posted by polebarnguru on 14/09/10 @ 8:00
Twilight Zone Contractor

50 shades of The Twilight Zone, is The Ghost of Rod Serling Somewhere Nearby? From 1951 to 1955, more than 70 of Rod Serling’s television scripts were produced, garnering both critical and public acclaim. Full-scale success came on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 1955, with the live airing of his Kraft Television Theatre script “Patterns.” Deemed a “creative triumph” […]

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Pole Building Construction Errors

Posted by polebarnguru on 14/08/29 @ 8:00
Pole Building Construction Errors

What’s Wrong With This Picture? When I was a kid, my mom would buy us educational geared books which had various puzzles in them, designed to challenge our minds. One of my favorites was the one where two drawings are shown which are nearly identical, and it is up to the reader to spot the […]

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My VersaTube Pole Building Collapsed!

Posted by polebarnguru on 14/08/12 @ 8:00
My  VersaTube Pole Building Collapsed!

I’ve previously expressed concerns about light gauge “carport” type buildings (read more at: http://www.hansenpolebuildings.com/blog/2013/05/carports/). (My advance apologies for the misleading title, it was used by the complainee below – VersaTube® buildings are NOT pole buildings!!) Whilst doing some ‘net surfing, I recently came across this posting at www.pissedcustomer.com: “I purchased a metal frame building from […]

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Indoor Archery Ranges

Posted by polebarnguru on 14/08/05 @ 8:00
Indoor Archery Ranges

Yes – my readers appear to love my ‘true confessions’ and are kind enough to not overly poke fun at me. Today’s first confession, I happen to not hunt. I believe it was due to the trauma of hunting with my Dad when I was just old enough to be have been potty trained (Dad […]

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When Your RV Doesn’t Fit

Posted by polebarnguru on 14/08/01 @ 8:00
When Your RV Doesn’t Fit

When It Just isn’t Tall Enough Early in my career supplying pole building kit packages, we provided a building to a client in Oregon for him to house his motor home. Our salesperson really felt he had done due diligence in having the client measure the height of the motorhome before ordering the building. After […]

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Pole Barn House Part I

Posted by polebarnguru on 14/07/29 @ 8:00
Pole Barn House Part I

About a decade ago my bride took a phone call from a potential pole barn purchaser. The female caller identified herself and then said despairingly, “My husband wants me to live in a pole barn house…and I don’t want to live in a barn!” Unfortunately the level of her panic told my wife this caller […]

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Japanese Framing Part II

Posted by polebarnguru on 14/07/22 @ 8:00
Japanese Framing Part II

Continued from yesterday’s blog….. The Typical House Besides introducing the Japanese to glulam lumber, we worked to promote 2×4 construction. For centuries homes have been built in Japan with 90mm x 90mm (approximately 3-1/2 inches) square posts and beams. The small-dimension materials are not very strong, so the posts are usually only about 6 feet […]

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Japanese Framing Part I

Posted by polebarnguru on 14/07/18 @ 8:00
Japanese Framing Part I

ON SITE IN JAPAN: OBSERVATIONS OF A U.S. FRAMER My cousin Amy was recently visiting Japan and happened to share on her Facebook page an article written by her Dad, my Uncle Neil Momb, written about his adventures in building in Japan. Although my Uncle Neil was the only one of my Father’s siblings who […]

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Storage Wars

Posted by polebarnguru on 14/07/17 @ 8:00
Storage Wars

We don’t have network television access out here in the sticks where I live, so we see little TV except for Netflix. Our 19 year-old son Brent was out to visit one afternoon and started watch a program originally aired as a reality TV series in 2010 on the A&E Network. I suppose I always […]

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Pole Building Fire Stations

Posted by polebarnguru on 14/07/16 @ 8:00
Pole Building Fire Stations

Scott Norwood and Fire Stations My loyal readers are going to be amazed at how I manage to tie these two subjects into relating to pole buildings. To find out, please read on…… For those who are old enough to remember, the 1991 Super Bowl featured the Buffalo Bills and New York Giants. The high […]

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