Properly Done Eave Lights

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Some of the time I drive my wife absolutely nuts. We are talking some serious bonkers here. A prime time for this is when I am looking at photos of newly constructed pole buildings.

She will remark, “What a nice looking building”. And then hide the photos as she realizes, even from a photo, I will find one or more things wrong with how the building was constructed.

Building Eave LightsCase in point – the building in this photo. Looks great, doesn’t it? I am sure the building will function to well meet its designed needs.

This particular sidewall features polycarbonate eave light panels – a great (and inexpensive) method to get natural light into most any pole building which will not be insulated at a later date (insulation would cover the light panels, rendering them useless).

You can read more about polycarbonate eave lights here: https://www.hansenpolebuildings.com/2011/09/polycarbonate-eavelights-light-up-my-life/

Properly done, the eave light panels should tuck up nicely against the underside of the soffit panels of the enclosed overhangs……

But wait, you say – there appears to be a line of flashing and a strip of steel above the eave lights and below the soffits!

Very astute my dear Doctor Watson.

The builder of this particular building got carried away and opted to give his client a few extra inches of headroom. Headroom which was not a part of the original plan of the building.

Loyal, long term readers of my blog have read me harping on how eave height is defined: https://www.hansenpolebuildings.com/2012/03/eave_height/

This particular builder was not properly inoculated as a child and came up with a dreaded disease: https://www.hansenpolebuildings.com/2013/04/eave-height/

His solution to the, “I built it too tall problem” resulted in the tidy little strip of steel at the top of the walls.

And, in case you are wondering, there was not supposed to be steel at all above the sliding door track covers – it should all have been eave lights!

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