Category Archives: Pole Barn Planning

What Type of Barns Do You Sell?

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/02/22 @ 8:00
What Type of Barns Do You Sell?

And my response to the question would be, “What type of barn would you like to invest in”? Here is the full question asked by JOEL in THOMASVILLE: “What type of pole barns do you sell? (Truss on post or truss on band) Also what’s the spacing on the trusses? 2 foot, 4 foot”   […]

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Blog Entries Lead to Post Depth Question!

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/02/20 @ 8:00
Blog Entries Lead to Post Depth Question!

DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Good morning. I have been reading the various blog entries for several days, regarding pole barn construction.  I have been in contact with your design professional, but I a question that I thought might be a question that could possibly benefit others with a similar situation. I am in the process […]

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6 Cool Ways to Heat Your Pole Building & Barn

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/02/17 @ 8:00
6 Cool Ways to Heat Your Pole Building & Barn

When winter arrives, pole building owners will need more than a tiny space heater and a quilt to keep themselves warm. Sitting on the couch reading a book in thermal pants, a heavy jacket, and snow boots isn’t the most comfortable way to spend the cold months, so we’d like to suggest a few heating […]

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Pros and Cons of Two-Story Pole Buildings

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/02/16 @ 8:00
Pros and Cons of Two-Story Pole Buildings

Building a two-story or multi-story pole barn is an ambitious project, and if you’re considering such an undertaking, be sure you know both the advantages of stacking space and the issues that come with it. Think about some of these common pros and cons related to the construction of two-story pole buildings, and remember: the […]

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How Can I Add interior Walls to a Post Frame Building?

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/02/13 @ 8:00
How Can I Add interior Walls to a Post Frame Building?

DEAR POLE BARN GURU: How difficult is it to add interior walls to build rooms inside the pole barn. Are more materials needed to add interior rooms and do the exterior walls need extra support? PATRICIA in McMINNVILLE DEAR PATRICIA: The beauty of post frame (pole barn) buildings is the great majority of them are […]

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Remodel: Gutters and Snow Brakes

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/02/10 @ 8:00
Remodel: Gutters and Snow Brakes

One of my Facebook friends, Scott, has recently been doing a house remodel on a home he purchased in Spokane, Washington. He has been good about posting progress photos, until today when he posted a non-progress photo. The casual article skimmer will notice the photo and perhaps think this “gutter on the ground” issue must […]

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And the Survey Says

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/02/03 @ 8:00
And the Survey Says

July 12, 1976 had Richard Dawson (Corporal Peter Newkirk of Hogan’s Heroes fame) uttering these words, “and the survey says” on the very first Family Feud television game show.  Sadly Mr. Dawson has met his demise, however the show goes on with Steve Harvey as the current host. Well, when it comes to placing your […]

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Shopping for Pole Barn Engineering

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/01/31 @ 8:00
Shopping for Pole Barn Engineering

Shopping for Pole Barn Engineering When most of us shop for a new computer or a new car, we don’t go shopping for the best deal on the design so we can go buy the pieces on our own – we shop for the finished product which best meets with our needs. Getting a “great […]

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Door Facing North, Optimizing Space, and Remodel?

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/01/30 @ 8:00
Door Facing North, Optimizing Space, and Remodel?

DEAR POLE BARN GURU: I have a (about) 40×24 pole building that faces north. I have a regular door that faces west. The wind and any accompanying rain typically blows directly against that west facing door. The building was built in 1996 by the original owner of the house. I’ve only lived in the house […]

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Inflation

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/01/19 @ 8:00
Inflation

Inflation in the marketplace. In 1991 my younger brother Mark and I ventured out into what for us was a brave new world – we were going to be post frame (pole) building contractors. Having spent the decade of the 1980’s selling post frame building kit packages, we had over 6000 buildings of experience behind […]

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Pole Barn Comparisons

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/01/17 @ 8:00
Pole Barn Comparisons

Differentiation- Pole Barn Comparisons In today’s world savvy shoppers can go on the internet and fairly quickly track down the best buy on virtually any commodity item. Sometimes even pole barn comparisons. According to the sum of all knowledge, Wikipedia: “The term commodity is specifically used for an economic good or service when the demand for it […]

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Consider Post Frame for New Home!

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/01/16 @ 8:00
Consider Post Frame for New Home!

DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Good morning. My name is Thomas and I am with xxxxxx; we manufacture metal roofing and siding and based out of Tennessee. I wanted to ask you a few questions to gain some information. First, my wife and I are starting to look at metal building for our new home, is […]

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The Importance of Paint!

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/01/11 @ 8:00
The Importance of Paint!

Maximizing the Metal: Why Not all Metal is Created Part II This article, by my friend Sharon Thatcher, was originally published in the September 2016 issue of Rural Builder magazine and appears unedited. To continue from last Friday: THE IMPORTANCE OF PAINT While paint doesn’t provide any structural value, it certainly does add value to the end […]

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Maximizing the Metal: Why all Metal is not Created Equal

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/01/06 @ 9:00
Maximizing the Metal: Why all Metal is not Created Equal

This article, by my friend Sharon Thatcher, was originally published in the  September 2016 issue of Rural Builder magazine and appears unedited. I’ve opined upon many of these areas in previous articles, however here Sharon ties it all together: You may be the best builder on the planet, but if you use inferior products your stellar reputation […]

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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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Modern Post Frame Buildings and Geothermal

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/12/28 @ 8:00
Modern Post Frame Buildings and Geothermal

Modern Post Frame Buildings and Geothermal Over the past few years, there has been a trend towards building modern climate controlled post frame buildings for homes and commercial use, but the HVAC Systems in these buildings remains outdated. Most climate controlled post frame buildings are still being built with inefficient gas or propane furnaces, coupled […]

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ASCE Changes in 2017

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/12/27 @ 8:00
ASCE Changes in 2017

ASCE/SEI 7 Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures The times, they keep a changing, and as they do Building Codes and Building Design becomes increasingly more complex. My long time readers have read my preaching about why all buildings should be designed by Registered Design Professionals (RDP – architects or engineers) to insure […]

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An Apartment Addition?

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/12/26 @ 8:00
An Apartment Addition?

DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Can you supply me with a copy of the sparrow barn in Texas plans It is a wedding venue I would like to copy. JAMES in HAMPTON DEAR JAMES: Certainly we can, stamped by a registered professional engineer, and custom designed for your climactic loads – and for free. They come […]

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Design Wind Speed Changes

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/12/23 @ 8:00
Design Wind Speed Changes

Design Wind Speed Changes with Building Code Editions Every three years a new version of the International Building Code (IBC) is printed, which brings with it the latest and greatest information for building design as approved by Code Officials. State and local permit issuing jurisdictions then can either adopt or amend the Code as they […]

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Buying a Used Pole Building

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/12/20 @ 8:00
Buying a Used Pole Building

40’ x 60’ Used Pole Building – $14000 (Silverton)  SERIOUSLY? The following ad appeared in the Salem, Oregon Craigslist December 6, 2016 in for sale > farm & garden – by owner: “I have a nice fully enclosed 14 foot tall pole building. It is fully disassembled and ready for transport. All the metal is […]

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The Right Size, Connection, and Foundation!

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/12/19 @ 8:00
The Right Size, Connection, and Foundation!

DEAR POLE BARN GURU: I am considering using pole barn construction to add on to an existing metal building I have I also already have a 24×34 foundation were I want to put the add on. This will be a residential building. Would you recommend using drill in slab brackets to connect the post to […]

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When Buildings Fall Down

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/12/16 @ 8:00
When Buildings Fall Down

When Buildings Fall Down, People Can Die It was a busy Friday morning in downtown Sioux Falls, South Dakota on December 2nd of this year. About 10:30 a.m. near the corner of East 10th Street and South Phillips Avenue, Boyd McPeek was inside the Coffea coffee shop, when the 1916 building across the street collapsed. […]

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BUILD Magazine-Engineering Leadership Award

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/12/15 @ 8:00
BUILD Magazine-Engineering Leadership Award

BUILD magazine Just announced – Hansen Pole Buildings, LLC has been selected by BUILD magazine in their Engineering Leadership awards. According to Dominic Lloyd, Feature Executive at BUILD (www.build-news.com), “Hansen Pole Buildings LLC has stood out from the thousands of potential contenders due to your creative movements, dedicated team and brilliant quality of production and […]

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Attacking Pole Barn Rocks in Holes

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/12/14 @ 8:00
Attacking Pole Barn Rocks in Holes

Breaking Through Rock in Holes Post frame (pole) buildings are maybe the easiest to construct and most affordable permanent structures known to human kind. Once the holes are dug and the columns are set, it is pretty well nothing but go-go-go. The intangible is what is happening below the surface of the ground. When I […]

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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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Design Review is Important Component!

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/12/08 @ 1:09
Design Review is Important Component!

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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Cordwood Masonry Appears to be a Contradiction in Terms

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/11/30 @ 8:00
Cordwood Masonry Appears to be a Contradiction in Terms

This article by Randy Edison about cordwood masonry first appeared at www.gfwadvertiser.ca November 24, 2006 and has not been edited “When Paul Johnson first heard of the construction method from a friend it became a curiosity. He was curious enough, in fact, to turn it into a handyman project that, despite the challenges, brought a […]

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Adaptive Snow Skiing Pole Barns

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/11/29 @ 8:00
Adaptive Snow Skiing Pole Barns

From the age of six, alpine (aka downhill) snow skiing has been a part of our family culture. As my three youngest children (Bailey, Allison and Brent) graduated from being toddlers – I took them to the slopes and taught them to ski as well. It was not my being the greatest skier on the […]

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Powerlifting in Pole Barns

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/11/24 @ 8:00
Powerlifting in Pole Barns

Power Lifting Pole Barns They might seem like typical teenagers, but Joshua and Kaitlynn Naert are worlds apart from most pair of siblings in Michigan. The brother-sister combo come from a good, blue-collar home, living with their mother and father, Tracy and Jeff, and their dogs. It’s not until Joshua, Kaitlynn and their father step […]

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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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Poured Foundation or Block: Neither!

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/11/15 @ 8:00
Poured Foundation or Block: Neither!

What’s better: A poured foundation or block? How about – neither? Try post frame footing design! Even though my lovely bride and I are now living 98% of the time on the eastern border of South Dakota, I still read the online version of my formerly local newspaper – The Spokesman Review, from Spokane, Washington. […]

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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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Free Engineered Pole Building Plans

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/11/08 @ 8:00
Free Engineered Pole Building Plans

FREE Engineered Pole Building Plans! Yep, you heard it here first…. on Roller Derby (borrowed from Cheech and Chong’s 1973 album Los Cochinos from a skit about the “Evelyn Woodhead Sped Riddin’ course”). Today’s article was sparked into being by an email I recently received: “I’m an architect trying to provide bid documents for a […]

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One Inch of Insulation and R-50!

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/11/03 @ 8:00
One Inch of Insulation and R-50!

Efficient use of energy has arrived at the forefront of building design. More and more jurisdictions are adopting and utilizing the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC – http://codes.iccsafe.org/app/book/toc/2015/I-Codes/2015%20IECC%20HTML/index.html). The IECC requirements are put in place to promote the conservation of energy, which (when done right) can result in a significant net savings in monthly heating […]

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Things to Know When Adding onto an Existing Pole Building

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/11/02 @ 8:00
Things to Know When Adding onto an Existing Pole Building

Things I Need to Know When Adding on to a Post Frame Building Real life scenario – one of our clients is adding onto the end of a clearspan 24 foot wide by 36 foot long by 10 foot eave post frame building. The add-on makes the structure another 24 feet longer, same height and […]

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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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Dear Pole Barn Guru: Grade Change

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/10/31 @ 8:00
Dear Pole Barn Guru: Grade Change

DEAR POLE BARN GURU: I want to get a post frame building put up. I’m trying to find out what the average is per sq ft. Is their a base line price per sq ft based on an average barn they use say 30x40x10. And does the price per sq go up depending on size […]

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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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What Does It Mean When a Pole Building is ‘Engineer-Sealed’?

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/10/26 @ 8:16
What Does It Mean When a Pole Building is ‘Engineer-Sealed’?

If you’ve been shopping around for a pole building kit, you may have heard the phrase ‘engineer-sealed’ and wondered what it meant—and whether it matters for your planned building. ‘Engineer-sealed’ simply means that a licensed engineer has reviewed a set of building plans and put their stamp of approval on it. Engineer-sealed plans are also […]

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5 Reasons to Add a Loft to Your Pole Building

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/10/25 @ 8:04
5 Reasons to Add a Loft to Your Pole Building

It’s not uncommon to construct a loft in a pole building – after all, construction is so affordable that you’re going to be left with excess funds that you can pour right back into your investment. They take up almost no space and can sometimes even add space to an existing interior. If you’re on […]

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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 Barn Event Center

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/10/06 @ 8:00
Pole Barn Event Center

Event Centers A little over four years ago, I introduced you, my gentle readers, to my late Grandma Jerene and her boyfriend Bob, the “Weather Cat” (http://www.hansenpolebuildings.com/2012/07/weather/). They are going to play a part in this story. Earlier this summer my lovely bride and I had just gotten home when a couple pulled up in […]

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Pole Barn Design for Free

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/09/30 @ 8:00
Pole Barn Design for Free

Please Structurally Design My Pole Barn for Free This is one of those POLE BARN GURU questions which results with a lengthy enough answer I feel I must devote a whole column to it. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Could you please help clarify, for a 40 ft. wide x 64 ft. long x 15 ft. […]

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Snow Drift Loads

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/09/29 @ 8:00
Snow Drift Loads

I started snow skiing back in 1963, shortly after my sixth birthday. My dad and uncles were the framing contractors for the first condominium units at Schweitzer Basin, near Sandpoint, Idaho and somehow we ended up with a unit shared with the families of my uncles Lyle and Gil. Uncle Lyle’s wife, my Auntie Joyce […]

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Service Club Pole Buildings

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/09/28 @ 8:00
Service Club Pole Buildings

The world’s first service club, the Rotary Club of Chicago, was formed in 1905 by Paul P. Harris, an attorney who wanted to create in a professional club with the same friendly spirit he had felt in the small towns of his youth. The Rotary name derived from the early practice of rotating meetings among […]

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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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How to Prep Your Site for a Pole Barn

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/09/22 @ 8:31
How to Prep Your Site for a Pole Barn

Deciding to add a pole barn to your property can be exciting, and you may already be envisioning how you’ll use this new space. However, before you get too carried away planning your pole barn’s layout and features, you’ll need to choose a building site and prep the site for your pole barn. While pole […]

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Should You Choose Sliding or Overhead Doors for Your Pole Barn?

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/09/21 @ 8:23
Should You Choose Sliding or Overhead Doors for Your Pole Barn?

One of the many decisions you’ll need to make when choosing a customized pole barn is the door type. You can opt for either an overhead door that raises up or a sliding door that pushes from left to right (or vice versa) – so what’s the better choice? The sliding versus overhead door decision […]

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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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How to Avoid a Disastrous Pole Barn Project Part III

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/09/09 @ 8:00
How to Avoid a Disastrous Pole Barn Project Part III

How to Avoid a Disastrous DIY Pole Barn Project This is part three in a three part series on how to better ensure a great pole barn project, by getting rid of the pitfalls. I’d like to thank Bret Buelo of Wick Buildings for the basis of this article, which appeared on the Wick Buildings […]

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How to Avoid a Disastrous DIY Pole Barn Project

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/09/07 @ 8:00
How to Avoid a Disastrous DIY Pole Barn Project

How to Avoid a Disastrous DIY Pole Barn Project I’d like to thank Bret Buelo of Wick Buildings for the basis of this article, which appeared on the Wick Buildings website (www.wickbuildings.com) August 12, 2016. Information from Bret’s article appears here in italics along with my own input as well. Wick Buildings is highly rated […]

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Pole Barn Vetting

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/09/06 @ 8:00
Pole Barn Vetting

Colorado Springs, Colorado Post Frame Buildings “It’s all about the building”, one of my favorite quotes from my favorite writer – me. In all seriousness, the quote is one of my favorite sayings, and I have lots of favorite writers with far better literary skills than I. Part of what, “It’s all about the building”, […]

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When Everything Doesn’t Go Perfect Part I

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/08/10 @ 8:00
When Everything Doesn’t Go Perfect Part I

When Everything Doesn’t Go Perfect (and the sky falls) The key to any successful construction project is not necessarily how everything went perfect, but instead it is how the things which did not go perfect were resolved. When one considers the average post frame building kit package materials have been touched by in excess of […]

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PEX Tubing

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/08/05 @ 8:00
PEX Tubing

I’ve espoused previously on the joys of hydronic radiant floor heating (http://www.hansenpolebuildings.com/2012/08/radiant-floor-heating/) and would encourage anyone who is going to install a concrete slab on grade in their new (or existing) post frame (pole) building to consider at least making a provision for it in the future. As we all realize, once a concrete floor […]

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16 Foot Eave Height and Lofts

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/08/03 @ 8:00
16 Foot Eave Height and Lofts

We get a few requests for quotes from clients every day – actually more like a few hundred. With this volume of inquiries, it goes to figure we see and hear a broad variety of ideas. One of the more popular ones is clients who want a 16 foot tall eave height and a loft […]

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You Can Lead a Horse to Water…Pole Building Garage

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/07/07 @ 8:00
You Can Lead a Horse to Water…Pole Building Garage

Several years ago, when Hansen Pole Buildings was a fledgling company, I worked with a client in Goldendale, Washington assisting him in designing what (in his eyes) would be his ideal dream building. My mission has always been to deliver the “Ultimate Post Frame Building Experience™”, which is greatly helped by clients who are open […]

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Five Reasons to Choose a Pre-Engineered Post Frame Building

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/07/01 @ 8:00
Five Reasons to Choose a Pre-Engineered Post Frame Building

Undertaking a commercial building development is a big step for many businesses and it’s an investment which shouldn’t be taken lightly by any means. Unfortunately, too many commercial developments are rushed into for one reason or another—time constraints force the project ahead and before you know it, you’re left with a project coming in overtime […]

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The Ultimate Post Frame Building Experience

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/06/10 @ 8:00
The Ultimate Post Frame Building Experience

Be Accountable Unfortunately, too many post frame building owners are either unable or unwilling to spot the differences between a well-designed pole building and one which barely (or doesn’t) meet construction standards. And when things go awry (as can happen in construction), all too often the fingers get pointed everywhere except at the person who […]

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Five Reasons to Buy a Pole Building

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/06/01 @ 8:00
Five Reasons to Buy a Pole Building

Sales and marketing….to some the thought of at least one of these is absolutely chilling. SALES There, I said it. It amazes even me how challenging it can be to get clients to engage with our Building Designers. I realize it is frightening to think – your problems might be solved or goals able to […]

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Prefabricated Roof Trusses Part Two

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/05/26 @ 8:00
Prefabricated Roof Trusses Part Two

Prefabricated Roof Trusses – They can Make You or Break You In yesterday’s blog, Mike the Pole Barn Guru started to share some secrets which should both increase your bottom line as well as allow you to sleep soundly at night. A short recap here, for the full account, read Part One posted yesterday, May […]

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Why Not to Mess with HOA’s

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/05/17 @ 8:00
Why Not to Mess with HOA’s

Why NOT to Mess With HOAs Homeowners Associations (HOAs) are normally begun with every good intention in mind, however in my humble opinion they are a restriction upon how one determines their own property should best be used. An HOA is an incorporated association, usually created by a developer who prepares the Covenants, Conditions, and […]

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Pole Building Prices: Beware when you compare

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/04/08 @ 8:00
Pole Building Prices: Beware when you compare

For TBF (throw back Friday) we are reposting an old post back from 2011 that has been a very popular read. What Is the Profit Margin at a Lumber Yard and how does affect their pole building prices? What in the heck does the gross profit margin of the average retail lumber yard have to […]

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A Hazardous Chemical Solution

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/10/02 @ 8:00
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 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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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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What Size Post Spacing?

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/08/10 @ 8:00
What Size Post Spacing?

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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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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Reviewing Your Building Plans

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/07/08 @ 8:00
Reviewing Your Building Plans

Every Hansen Pole Building Kit Package comes with building plans which are drafted by a real live human being! They are then reviewed not once, but twice, by upper level team members – who catch just about every errant line. To insure the final building plans are correct (usually it is an issue of “no, […]

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National Barn Company in the News

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/05/26 @ 8:00
National Barn Company in the News

National Barn Company® in the News Almost exactly six months ago I wrote an article about some challenges being faced by National Barn Company®: http://www.hansenpolebuildings.com/blog/2014/11/national-barn-company/ Just recently on May 15, it was reported in The Pennsylvania Record things have gone from bad to worse, in an article entitled “York County barn-builder sued by attorney general”: […]

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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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Pipes Freezing

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/04/30 @ 8:00
Pipes Freezing

Flashbacks to my Youth Hansen Buildings’ Designer Shea posed a question in regards to a client in Wisconsin. Her client will only be using their new pole building in the summer time, so it will not have a finished or insulated ceiling. The concern – it will be a “residence” (aka, I believe, cabin), and […]

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Let’s Talk Ceiling Load

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/04/28 @ 8:00
Let’s Talk Ceiling Load

Somewhere between poor communications and irrationality we received this from one of our clients via email: “You may recall we were also hoping to have the ability to hang things from the ceilings like lights and HVAC.”   “Unfortunately, after all that rigmarole we have come to the stark realization in the last few weeks that […]

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Secret to A Successful Relationship

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/04/24 @ 8:00
Secret to A Successful Relationship

Whether a building contractor, pole building kit supplier or someone considering investing in a pole building, this is going to be important to you. Important enough so if you are a competitor you should consider adding it to your agreements with your future clients to ensure a successful relationship. “GENERAL: This Agreement constitutes the only agreement […]

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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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New Post-Frame Building Design Manual

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/03/05 @ 8:00
New Post-Frame Building Design Manual

Post-Frame Building Design Manual Back in 2000 the National Frame Builders Association (NFBA www.nfba.org) published the ground breaking first edition of the Post-Frame Building Design Manual. In the foreword, then NFBA President James T. Knight so aptly wrote: “The movement of the post-frame building into the commercial marketplace has obviously necessitated compliance with building codes. […]

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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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Pole Building Design

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/02/26 @ 8:00
Pole Building Design

Available Space, Budget and Imagination I’ve always said these three things – available space, budget and imagination are the only limitations when it comes to pole building design. Available space – I’ve now been personally involved in around 16,000 pole buildings. Yes, for those who are curious, it is a lot of pole buildings. After […]

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Building Plans

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/02/13 @ 8:00
Building Plans

Plans, plans, plans…. As one might imagine, with about two hundred new clients contacting us every day, we have some conversations amongst ourselves which are frankly at the least – interesting. I listened in on a discussion between Hansen Pole Buildings’ Designer Matt and Managing Partner Eric recently. Matt, “I have a lead that the […]

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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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Eave Lights in Endwalls

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/01/09 @ 8:00
Eave Lights in Endwalls

Polycarbonate wall light panels are a very affordable way to get natural lighting into pole buildings which will not have finished interior walls. Most often (and most cost effective) is to install them at the tops of the eave sidewalls. (For more reading on polycarbonate eave lights: http://www.hansenpolebuildings.com/blog/2011/09/polycarbonate-eavelights-light-up-my-life/) There are some cases where it would […]

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Tennis Court Building

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/01/06 @ 8:00
Tennis Court Building

In the Middle Ages in Europe, water quality was poor on a good day (drinking water coming from streams which were also used as places to wash clothes and…sewers). With water being pretty much undrinkable, monasteries began brewing beer to drink. The first known record of hopped beer was in the writing of a German […]

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Pole Building House Plans

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/01/02 @ 8:00
Pole Building House Plans

It seems more and more people are looking towards pole buildings for their new homes. We have clients asking us nearly every day, if they can “see” the available floor plans we have for pole building houses. Unlike typical residential “plan mills” or most ‘modern’ builders, we do not have a set list of house […]

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National Barn Company

Posted by polebarnguru on 14/11/13 @ 8:00
National Barn Company

In general, most of those in the post frame (pole building) industry make every effort to provide an excellent product, good service and fair prices. Every once in a while, however, things do not quite work out as expected. The following article, written by Jennifer Wentz, appeared on www.ydr.com October 28, 2014: “The president of […]

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What Size Overhangs Look Good?

Posted by polebarnguru on 14/10/27 @ 8:15
What Size Overhangs Look Good?

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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CSI: Pole Barn Blow Out

Posted by polebarnguru on 14/09/09 @ 8:00
CSI: Pole Barn Blow Out

CSI: Pole Barn Our youngest daughter, Allison, is studying to be a Forensic Psychologist. My lovely bride and I may have been culprits in this, as we sent her to a CSI (Crime Scene Investigation) camp for 10 days when she was about 11! All of the boys in her CSI class talked tough, but […]

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Silverwood Pole Buildings

Posted by polebarnguru on 14/09/05 @ 8:00
Silverwood Pole Buildings

This article by Brian Walker appeared on CDAPress.com Tuesday August 26: “The cause of Sunday’s fire, which destroyed a restroom and changing area at the Boulder Beach water park at Silverwood Theme Park, remained under investigation on Monday.  “We don’t know how it started yet,” said Mark Robitaille, Silverwood spokesman.  Robitaille said it appears the […]

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Most Read Pole Building Blogs

Posted by polebarnguru on 14/08/15 @ 8:05
Most Read Pole Building Blogs

A Baker’s Dozen – The Most Read Articles of 2013 Sometimes, in order to know where to go, it is helpful to see where we’ve been. These are the most read blogs from 2013. #13 Board and Batten Siding http://www.hansenpolebuildings.com/blog/2013/03/board-and-batten-siding/ While popular, board and batten siding should be installed considering shear values. Advice on installing […]

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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 II

Posted by polebarnguru on 14/07/30 @ 8:00
Pole Barn House Part II

If you didn’t read yesterday’s blog – it may be helpful to go back and read about my personal pole building house, inspired by my bride of 14 years. And then, moving on to sharing from another pole barn house challenge: A CLIENT’S EXPERIENCE We have a client in Colorado who has been trying to […]

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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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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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