Category Archives: Pole Building Comparisons

Attic Insulation Types

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/04/10 @ 8:00
Attic Insulation Types

Attic insulation has been a recent popular topic of discussion – so rather than reinventing the wheel, I’m sharing a relevant article written by Structure Tech Home Inspector Reuben Saltzman. Originally published by the following source: Minneapolis Star Tribune — February 6, 2018 The following article by Reuben Saltzman was produced and published by the source above, who […]

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The Perma-Column Price Advantage?

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/04/06 @ 8:00
The Perma-Column Price Advantage?

My good friend John owns (among other things) Heartland Permacolumn. I’ve borrowed this from his website (http://www.heartlandpermacolumn.com/products/the-perma-column-price-advantage/): “Perma-Column products give you the ultimate price advantage. You simply cannot put up a building on a concrete foundation for less money. Yet some may say, “They’re too expensive…” HOWEVER, the only people who ever say this install buildings using […]

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School Bus Barn

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/02/23 @ 8:00
School Bus Barn

Considering a Post Frame Building as a “Bus Barn.” In Underwood, MN, school district chairperson Frank Fee recently toured the district’s new bus garage (aka school bus barn) and noted, “You’d never know it’s a pole barn”. Indeed though it is, with internal parking for 14 buses, it is heated, has an office and a […]

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When Jurisdictions Push the Fine Line

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/02/20 @ 8:00
When Jurisdictions Push the Fine Line

From a February 1, 2018 article by Lois Swoboda at www.apalachtimes.com: “At the Jan. 9 county planning and zoning advisory board meeting, and the Jan. 16 county commission, County Attorney Michael Shuler performed the first public readings of a proposed ordinance governing the use of metal structures and pole barns as single family residences.. The […]

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Comparative Building Shopping

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/01/16 @ 8:00
Comparative Building Shopping

Comparative Building Shopping: The following was originally blogged about in July of 2011. It is a conversation we have with our designers regularly. On Fridays, Hansen Buildings holds an internal informational teleconference for our Building Designers. These sessions provide our designers with the best possible tools to assist clients in designing ideal dream buildings. Last […]

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8 Questions to Ask When Investing in a Pole Barn

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/01/10 @ 8:00
8 Questions to Ask When Investing in a Pole Barn

8 Quick Questions to Ask When Investing in a Pole Barn Will my building be fully-engineered? Be sure all of your building’s components are engineered to work together and to last – this entails a complete building system, designed specifically for your site, with your openings and sealed by an RDP (Registered Design Professional – […]

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Why Post Frame Construction is So Efficient vs. Stick-Built

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/12/29 @ 8:00
Why Post Frame Construction is So Efficient vs. Stick-Built

I recently had this comment from a client, “In normal construction projects I would order at least 5% overage and it looks like closer to 1% here, I have like 20 extra screws total, a foot of extra eave trim, two whole extra pieces of vinyl soffit.” Obviously this client didn’t grow up being the cutoff […]

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Pole Barn Bid, A1V Barrier, and Definitions

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/11/27 @ 8:00
Pole Barn Bid, A1V Barrier, and Definitions

DEAR POLE BARN GURU: I am bidding on a simple 80×140 pole barn with 12′ sides. I can’t come up with something reasonable. What would you bid. I need help. Last time I did it wrong and it hurt financially. Thanks. JASON in MINBURN DEAR JASON: As you probably found out on your last post […]

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Post Frame Apartment Buildings

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/09/19 @ 8:00
Post Frame Apartment Buildings

Post Frame Apartment Buildings I have thought about the possibilities of constructing apartments using post frame construction for years, however a recent query from reader DERRICK in CINCINNATI brought it to the forefront of my thoughts. Dave writes: “Can you build apartment buildings out of your products? Nothing fancy. Just affordable living in a rural […]

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It Is Exactly the Same Building: Part II

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/07/27 @ 8:00
It Is Exactly the Same Building: Part II

Well, maybe not exactly the same building. Yesterday I ran a beginning list of comparison’s between a Hansen Building quote and a quote by one of our competitors espoused to be “exactly the same” by a client of ours. The saga continues: Powder coated diaphragm screws vs. #10 diameter painted screws . Those who are […]

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It Is Exactly the Same Building Part I

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/07/26 @ 8:00
It Is Exactly the Same Building Part I

Well, maybe not exactly the same building. In April of this year we had a client invest in a brand new 36 foot wide by 60 foot long post frame building kit package with a 16 foot eave height. Three months later, the building has been delivered, and one of the group which ordered the […]

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Six Reasons to Not Invest in a New Hansen Pole Building

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/07/21 @ 8:00
Six Reasons to Not Invest in a New Hansen Pole Building

No, I did not hit my head, there are some legitimate reasons not to invest in a new Hansen Pole building. 1. Land For some it is they do not own “the dirt” and in a few cases never will. For those who do not yet own the dirt, or don’t have it picked out, […]

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Progress in Technology: Easy Build Pole Barn Buildings

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/07/20 @ 8:00
Progress in Technology: Easy Build Pole Barn Buildings

Progress in Technology: Dirt Late Model Auto Racing I am not as mechanically challenged as my lovely bride would have people believe. Modern technology has taken some things to the point where the average person just cannot do the work. Personal case in point, here is the story: I have been riding motorcycles since not […]

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Hire a Local Engineer and Work With a Lumber Yard?

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/07/19 @ 8:00
Hire a Local Engineer and Work With a Lumber Yard?

Should I Hire a Local Engineer and Work With a Lumber Yard? Let’s hope not. Here is the email which triggered this article: “Hello,  I am building a 50×60 pole building with 22′ eaves. I’m shopping right now to either hire a local PE to design the structure and work with my local lumber yard to […]

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Spot the Post Frame Problem

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/06/06 @ 8:00
Spot the Post Frame Problem

Spot The Post Frame Problem – Reprised In our last episode, I left you all with a cliff hanger. I did clue you into it being a structural issue, which rules out our builder in the air with his safety harness hooked to an invisible sky hook. While you all ponder the photo and look […]

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Engineer Wanted for Pole Building Garage

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/06/02 @ 8:00
Engineer Wanted for Pole Building Garage

Wanted an Engineer for Pole Barn Garage In deference to the attorneys at Menards, who seem very interested in the articles I write, this ad appeared on Craigslist recently, so it is a direct quote and has not been changed from the original posting: “I am looking for a Colorado registered engineer for a pole […]

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When is Too Small for a Pole Barn?

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/05/30 @ 8:00
When is Too Small for a Pole Barn?

Reader JENNIFER from CANON CITY writes: “Is there such a thing as too small of a pole barn to build? I am wanting a shed/hobby space with enough height to make a loft in the future. Due to setbacks and sewer lines, I can only do a 12’X26′ building. Plans for pole barns begin at […]

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Real Estate Value, Post Brackets, and Interior Finishing

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/05/01 @ 8:00
Real Estate Value, Post Brackets, and Interior Finishing

DEAR POLE BARN GURU: As a licensed Real Estate agent and looking to move, I realize how crazy the market is (at least in Michigan and the Grand Rapids Area). Considering building a pole barn home for my wife and I when we sell our house, however what about resale value? My concern is regarding […]

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2017 Architecture Awards

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/04/27 @ 8:00
2017 Architecture Awards

Hansen Pole Buildings, LLC has been nominated for BUILD News’ 2017 Architecture Awards. Pretty heady stuff, however it seems after 15 years of promoting building excellence and delivering “The Ultimate Post Frame Building Experience™”, our hard work and due diligence is paying off. From BUILD News: Shaping the built environment is a tough challenge for […]

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Hansen Buildings Testimonial

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/04/25 @ 8:00
Hansen Buildings Testimonial

Totally Unsolicited Hansen Buildings Testimonial When I was actively selling post frame buildings, I became adept at asking for written testimonials. They were actually quite easy to get. Immediately after the client has invested in his (or her) new post frame building, I asked them these four questions: Why did you invest in a new […]

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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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Why Not Use T Girts?

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/02/21 @ 8:00
Why Not Use T Girts?

Last August one of our clients in Colorado invested in a new Hansen Pole Buildings Monitor style building. One of the features of the building was for it to be drywall ready. The typical method we use for this is what we refer to as “commercial” girts – basically they are bookshelf style girts, set […]

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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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Maximizing the Metal: Why all Metal is Not Created Equal Part III

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/01/12 @ 8:00
Maximizing the Metal: Why all Metal is Not Created Equal Part III

Yesterday I shared a portion of Sharon Thatcher’s article on how painted steel panels need to be handled with care. The article also touches on the differences in paint, and which ones are the longest lasting. Here is Part III. The final segment of Sharon’s story, as can be read in the September 2016 issue […]

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Maximizing the Metal: Why Not All Metal is Created Equal Part II

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/01/10 @ 8:00
Maximizing the Metal: Why Not All Metal is Created Equal 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 product. Unpainted panel still has a big audience, but painted coil […]

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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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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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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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Scary Pole Barn Design

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/12/02 @ 8:00
Scary Pole Barn Design

Scary Design A one-time potential Hansen Pole Buildings’ client, who is a friend of mine on Facebook, didn’t invest in one of our engineered post frame buildings. Most likely it was due to price – people so easily believe they have gotten a great deal, when instead they set themselves up for nothing but potential […]

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Pole Building Gone Wrong

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/12/01 @ 8:00
Pole Building Gone Wrong

There is Something Wrong with This Picture My disclaimer, this is NOT a Hansen Pole Building. It was advertised on Craigslist by a builder in Kentucky. There are some odd things about this pole building – one of them which is crucial and the building owner is going to hate probably forever. Maybe longer. The […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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 Pole Barn Project

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/09/08 @ 8:00
How to Avoid a Disastrous Pole Barn Project

Part two of a three part series. See yesterday’s blog for part one. 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 comments as well. Part of […]

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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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Four Foot Entry Doors

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/08/02 @ 8:00
Four Foot Entry Doors

One Foot And it isn’t the left or the right one! Actually the one foot I have in mind is the difference in width between a standard 36 inch width entry door and a 48 inch wide one. Oh what a difference the extra foot makes! And most of the difference is not in cost. […]

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Bi-parting Doors on Airplane Hangars

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/07/26 @ 8:00
Bi-parting Doors on Airplane Hangars

Double Bi-parting Sliding Doors for an Airplane Hangar Every once in a while I get asked a Dear Pole Barn Guru question which just demands its own space in order to do the subject topic true justice. This happens to be one of them. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: I want to build a 50x40x16 for […]

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Spray Foam Advantages Over Batt Insulation

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/07/12 @ 8:00
Spray Foam Advantages Over Batt Insulation

Once again – confession time. I’ve never personally used spray foam insulation. My oldest stepson, Jake, teaches high school chemistry and physics. He is one smart dude, as he has a master’s degree. When he added onto what was formerly his grandparent’s home, in the Browns Valley, MN area, he utilized closed cell spray foam […]

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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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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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Post Frame David and Goliath

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/04/07 @ 8:00
Post Frame David and Goliath

Goliath, a Philistine, challenges the Israelite’s to “single combat”, a stylized way of engaging with the enemy which avoids the heavy bloodshed which comes from open battle: “Choose you a man and let him come down to me! If he prevail in battle against me and strike me down, we shall be slaves to you. […]

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Maybe Our Pole Building Isn’t Right For You

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/03/30 @ 8:00
Maybe Our Pole Building Isn’t Right For You

And maybe there are a few folks out there who are going to have their tender feelings hurt when I break this news to them….. The reality is, Hansen Pole Buildings are not right for every client. If the lowest price is driving your decision over performance, then we are probably not right for you. […]

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Busting More All Steel Building Myths

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/02/12 @ 8:00
Busting More All Steel Building Myths

I’m not nearly as entertaining as Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman of the Discovery Channel’s MythBusters, but I do my part to entertain and enlighten those who are considering a new building. Somehow it seems the biggest myths are those propagated by the all steel building industry, where I have stepped up to set the […]

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Why I Truly Love Competitor’s Websites

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/01/06 @ 8:00
Why I Truly Love Competitor’s Websites

Why I Truly Love Competitor’s Websites When my bride and I were first married, we did the bulk of our grocery shopping at the closest supermarket – an Albertson’s. Not long afterwards, a Safeway was built across the street. My wife commented upon how this must have upset Albertson’s. To the contrary, I replied, healthy […]

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Sometimes Things Just Don’t Add Up – Cheap Building Prices

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/11/18 @ 8:00
Sometimes Things Just Don’t Add Up – Cheap Building Prices

Hansen Pole Buildings’ Designer Mike Houska has been working with a client from a rural area near the Great Smoky Mountains. Mike sent this to Hansen Pole Buildings’ co-owner Eric, “See attached quote for xxx@xxxx.com. I had sent previous quote with end shed, overhangs, & windows but he then sent a competitor’s quote without those options. […]

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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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Steel Roofing Stair Stepping

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/08/14 @ 8:00
Steel Roofing Stair Stepping

I’m Truly Trying to Stop As the everyday readers of this column know, I have been reviewing the pole building going up across the street from our home in South Dakota. If you have not been keeping up, run back a few episodes! I’ve been away from SD for a couple of weeks, so have […]

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Mike Burkholder’s Retort

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/07/02 @ 8:00
Mike Burkholder’s Retort

If you didn’t read my blog yesterday – I suggest you may want to flip back and read that one first – so you know where I am coming from …. And Now a Word from…..  The following is a word-for-word comment on my article of June 17, 2015, which was received June 23:  “Dear […]

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Post Frame Building Saga

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/07/01 @ 8:00
Post Frame Building Saga

A Day Which Will Live in Infamy Most United States citizens who have at least taken a high school U.S. History class will recognize this line from President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Dec. 8, 1941 speech given to a joint session of Congress. For those of you who need a quick refresher: https://search.yahoo.com/search?ei=UTF-8&fr=crmas&p=dec.+7+1941+roosevelt%27s+speech I know I […]

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Nail Laminated Columns

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/06/17 @ 8:00
Nail Laminated Columns

Ohio Timberland Products, Inc. Nail-Lam “PLUS” Columns Eric, the managing partner of Hansen Pole Buildings, asked for me to write specifically about these columns, which we happen to neither supply, nor recommend. On their website (www.OhioTimberland.com) are extolled the “advantages” (at least in their eyes) of these nailed together columns over true glu-laminated columns: Nail-Lams […]

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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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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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84 Lumber is $5000 Less

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/05/22 @ 8:00
84 Lumber is $5000 Less

I celebrated my 35th year in the pole building industry in January. I’ve learned a lot and forgotten probably even more in this time. One of the things I have learned is, when quoting any particular post frame building, no one is ever $100 less. They are always $3000 or $5000 less and it is […]

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Gold Key of Excellence Award

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/05/20 @ 1:00
Gold Key of Excellence Award

Rural Builder magazine has sponsored the Gold Key of Excellence Award for 33 years. This award relies upon a ballot process which allows builders in the rural industry to vote for the companies which provide the best products and services time and time again. The balloting process begins in late February each year, with the […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Are Your Pole Buildings Local to Me?

Posted by polebarnguru on 14/09/15 @ 8:00
Are Your Pole Buildings Local to Me?

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

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Pole Building 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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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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eHow.com and Pole Buildings

Posted by polebarnguru on 14/07/11 @ 8:00
eHow.com and Pole Buildings

eHow.com: Discover the expert in you Or at least how eHow.com promotes itself on the ‘net. From the eHow.com website: “What do you want to do today? No matter what’s on your list, eHow can help. With more than 30 categories that cover just about everything, eHow is your one-stop online resource for life’s challenges. […]

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Dear Guru: Are Hansen Pole Buildings as Good as Lester Buildings?

Posted by polebarnguru on 13/12/30 @ 8:00
Dear Guru: Are Hansen Pole Buildings as Good as Lester Buildings?

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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Eight Reasons You Will Pay More for a Hansen Pole Building

Posted by polebarnguru on 13/12/19 @ 8:00
Eight Reasons You Will Pay More for a Hansen Pole Building

Everyone always wants to pay as little as possible, right? Well, maybe not. Wearing shoes right now? If so, look down at them. If they are a generic brand from a discount store, then maybe you are one of the few who fit into the always paying as little as possible group. There is a […]

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OMG It Might Be a Pole Barn

Posted by polebarnguru on 13/12/13 @ 8:00
OMG It Might Be a Pole Barn

The following story by Zack McDonald appeared in the October 17, 2013 Panama City, FL The News Herald: “PARKER — Residents may want to hold off on building any pole barns, carports, garages or storage sheds in their front yards within the next three months. They might be asked to remove them at their own […]

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All Steel Buildings Propaganda Part III

Posted by polebarnguru on 13/11/08 @ 8:00
All Steel Buildings Propaganda Part III

NOTE: Today’s blog is part III of a 3 part series – back up two days for the beginning! For those who wish to skip parts I and II, a simple typographical error on the Internet got me to “hansonsteel.com” (Hanson versus Hansen-which is the company I work for) where I found an interesting page […]

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All Steel Buildings Propaganda Part II

Posted by polebarnguru on 13/11/07 @ 8:00
All Steel Buildings Propaganda Part II

Yesterday I started a 3 part series. A simple typographical error on the Internet got me to “hansonsteel.com” (Hanson versus Hansen-which is the company I work for) where I found an interesting page on “Steel vs. Pole Buildings”. To continue the story…. (For sake of ease of reading, words in italics are those from the […]

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All Steel Buildings Propaganda Part I

Posted by polebarnguru on 13/11/06 @ 8:00
All Steel Buildings Propaganda Part I

A simple typographical error on the Internet got me to “hansonsteel.com” (Hanson versus Hansen-which is the company I work for) where I found an interesting page on “Steel vs. Pole Buildings”. Let me deflate their ego, by blowing holes in their misinformation. For sake of ease of reading, words in bold italics are those from […]

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Pole Building Kit Packages: Part 4 of Cycle Series

Posted by polebarnguru on 13/10/18 @ 8:00
Pole Building Kit Packages: Part 4 of Cycle Series

Further Down the Highway Author’s Note: This is part 4 of a series of blogs written from a 6500+ motorcycle trip from WA to Ohio and back.  See Blog from Oct. 15th for the beginning…and hang on for the ride! I am the curious sort. I enjoy finding out how other people do things, as […]

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On the Road with Pole Buildings

Posted by polebarnguru on 13/10/17 @ 8:00
On the Road with Pole Buildings

Author’s Note: This is part 3 of a series of blogs written from a 6500+ motorcycle trip from WA to Ohio and back.  See Blog from Oct. 15th for the beginning…and hang on for the ride! The Browns Valley to Browns Valley part of my “Zen” ride (yes I made a loop) involved 9 days […]

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Pole Barns – From the Seat of My Motorcycle!

Posted by polebarnguru on 13/10/15 @ 8:00
Pole Barns – From the Seat of My Motorcycle!

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance In my first year of architecture school at the University of Idaho, Robert M. Pirsig’s 1974 book “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance” was required reading for one of my second year architecture classes. The book describes a 17-day motorcycle journey from Minnesota to California. Earlier this […]

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Cheaping Out on Pole Building Prices

Posted by polebarnguru on 13/08/30 @ 7:58
Cheaping Out on Pole Building Prices

In your opinion, what is the single most disruptive force in construction today? This question was recently posted to the Building Products Professionals group on LinkedIn.  The most appropriate response (in my estimation) was, “The usual comment of the purchaser, “keep the quality with you, give me the lowest price”.” Regardless of their use, post […]

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Thermography Proves Energy Efficiency of Post Frame Buildings

Posted by polebarnguru on 13/08/29 @ 8:00
Thermography Proves Energy Efficiency of Post Frame Buildings

The National Frame Building Association (NFBA) commissioned a report, which was produced in May 2010, to illustrate point of heat transfer in different types of buildings using thermographic images. Both builders and registered design professionals (architects and engineers) familiar with post frame buildings know these buildings use fewer structural components to create an exceptionally economical, […]

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Having Fun with Pole Building Competitors

Posted by polebarnguru on 13/06/07 @ 8:00
Having Fun with Pole Building Competitors

“Here at xxxxxx (pole building company) we represent the top quality building companies in the business and build every building with pride. Our trusses are set on 4’ or 5′ centers, unlike many post-frame builders that set their trusses on 8′ or 10′ centers in order to cut costs. The trusses are an important part […]

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Wasteful Stud Walls

Posted by polebarnguru on 13/05/22 @ 8:00
Wasteful Stud Walls

For years I have preached about the efficiencies of post frame (pole building) construction, as compared to stick frame construction. I appreciate the beauty of a well-designed pole building – every piece has a structural function, there are not the redundant materials found in typical buildings with stud walls. The idea of efficient structural design […]

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Pole Barn Contractors: “Best Around and Cheap”

Posted by polebarnguru on 13/05/07 @ 8:00
Pole Barn Contractors: “Best Around and Cheap”

Pole Barn Contractors I recently read this posting on an internet forum: “Who can build a good pole barn in this area? Looking to build a building and need someone that can build a sturdy pole barn.”  In my mind, this is a reasonable question. And (most importantly) the person posting the question is looking […]

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Preventing Horse Barn Fires Part II

Posted by polebarnguru on 13/03/06 @ 8:00
Preventing Horse Barn Fires Part II

Preventing Horse Barn Fires- Part II If you missed my blog yesterday – it would behoove you to go back and pick up Part I on Horse Barn Fires.  As I mentioned –  I get Email alerts when new articles appear on line about pole barns. Sadly, far too many of them involve fires in […]

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Pole Buildings: Buyers

Posted by polebarnguru on 13/02/27 @ 8:00
Pole Buildings: Buyers

At Hansen Pole Buildings we get hundreds of inquiries daily for price quotes on pole buildings. Internally, we have a fairly automated system, which allows for our team of Building Designers to receive the input information from those who make inquiries. This morning, one of the Building Designers requested from me, more quote requests to […]

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Pole Building Kit: Not Too Sure on What We Do?

Posted by polebarnguru on 13/02/26 @ 8:00
Pole Building Kit: Not Too Sure on What We Do?

Manny recently contacted us for a quote on a new pole building kit package. His particular need is hay storage, which could be solved by the 24’x36’ two story pole building he requested a price on. Access would be via a split sliding door in each endwall, and the second floor is designed to support […]

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Pole Building Prices: When the Apple is a Rock

Posted by polebarnguru on 13/02/11 @ 8:00
Pole Building Prices: When the Apple is a Rock

  In September of 2011, one of the Hansen Pole Buildings Designers – Steve, quoted a proposed pole building to be built in Oakland County, Michigan. To be used to cover four indoor baseball batting cages, the building quoted was to be 50 feet wide, 80 feet long with a 20 foot sidewall. Among its […]

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Made in the USA

Posted by polebarnguru on 13/02/06 @ 8:00
Made in the USA

Made in the USA? I am a member of a LinkedIn discussion group, where the question was recently posed, “What are the challenges of selling “Made in the USA” products? After three plus decades and around 15,000 pole buildings, I can count on one hand with fingers left over, the number of times I’ve heard […]

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Strong Drive Screws

Posted by polebarnguru on 13/01/08 @ 8:00
Strong Drive Screws

The Strong-Drive® SD Structural-Connector screw is specifically designed for use with Simpson Strong-Tie® connectors (frequently and generically known as joist hangers. Strong Drive Screws preferable to nails! Designed to replace nails in certain hangers, the load-rated SD screw has been tested and approved for use in many popular Simpson Strong-Tie® products. It is the only […]

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Pole Building Prices Comparison

Posted by polebarnguru on 12/12/19 @ 8:00
Pole Building Prices Comparison

“I don’t think you know how we do it up here” We supply all of the pole building kit packages for a popular national company. One of their locations in Michigan called wanting to know pole building prices comparison between their quote (the way they used to do it) and our quote. It seems their […]

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All Steel Buildings: Non-expandable Building Frames

Posted by polebarnguru on 12/11/05 @ 8:00
All Steel Buildings: Non-expandable Building Frames

All Steel Buildings: Non-expandable Bearing Frames I learn at least one new thing every day. Seemingly whether I try to or not, which makes it ever so much more interesting. I’ve deduced this – when I stop learning, I am dead. This morning, Eric (one of the owners of Hansen Pole Buildings), asked me, “non-expandable […]

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Chuck in the Truck: Pole Building Prices

Posted by polebarnguru on 12/10/26 @ 8:00
Chuck in the Truck: Pole Building Prices

Our company prides itself on only offering the highest quality products and services to our potential clients. Because of this, our pole building prices are usually inherently higher than the “chuck in the truck” competition. The only way to get around this is to emphasize the quality of the product, and that we work to […]

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Can a Pole Barn Garage be Built onto an Existing House?

Posted by polebarnguru on 12/10/22 @ 8:00
Can a Pole Barn Garage be Built onto an Existing House?

A reader writes: “I’m thinking of building an attached garage. I know the pole barn type garages seem to be a bit cheaper and quicker to install. My question is can you attach these to the house or can you only build these separately? I live in northeast Tennessee. I am just asking if this […]

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Building Valuation Data

Posted by polebarnguru on 12/10/15 @ 8:00
Building Valuation Data

Every six months the International Code Council (ICC) provides updated Building Valuation Data (BVD) to its members. The BVD table provides the “average” construction costs per square foot, which can be used in determining permit fees for a jurisdiction. The following building valuation data represents average valuations for most buildings.  Again it should be noted, […]

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Missouri – the Show Me State on a Pole Building

Posted by polebarnguru on 12/09/12 @ 8:00
Missouri – the Show Me State on a Pole Building

Well, gentle reader, if my occasional rants make good reading, or are otherwise entertaining, today should be a treat indeed. A client (from Missouri) sent us the quote he received from a lumberyard in his area for a new 30’ x 40’ x 12’ pole building. Great price – if I was going to purchase […]

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Building Quote: A Rant and a Haircut

Posted by polebarnguru on 12/09/06 @ 8:00
Building Quote: A Rant and a Haircut

It isn’t often I come right out and hammer on someone or something by name – but today I am naming names, it just has to be. One of our prospective clients asked us to compare with a building quote provided to them from Bens Do It Best Lumber, in Wisconsin. Their quote was prepared […]

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Pole Buildings: Buy Local?

Posted by polebarnguru on 12/09/05 @ 8:00
Pole Buildings: Buy Local?

Pole Buildings: Buy Local? My friend Janine recently posted this on Facebook: “I have always been big on shopping local, and when I recently was in the market for a new Garmin 910X, and intended to buy it at xxxxxx, I had several friends tell me “You can get it cheaper online”. Maybe so, but […]

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