Pole Building Poor Workmanship

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They Say a Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

There are not a thousand words invented to describe the true awfulness of this building.

To my loyal readers, I know I have occasionally ranked on pole building poor workmanship done by builders, however this one may very well rate close to the top of the “bad list”. I will share with you only this one single photo to give you merely a small sampling of how bad, bad can be.

This is the corner of the building. To the left of the corner is an endwall. According to the engineered building plans and the Hansen Pole Buildings Construction Manual, at the bottom of each of the endwall wainscot and endwall steel panels there should be a screw of each side of the high ribs.

Doesn’t appear to have happened as planned.

How could this be a problem? In the event of a severe wind event, there could be shear forces upon the endwall steel which are greater than the ability of the single screw to carry – worst case event, building falls down, goes boom. And it isn’t covered under warranty as the building was not constructed per the engineered plans.

In the picture are shown the base trim at the bottom of the wall steel. Done correctly, it should neatly wrap around the corner, nope – not on this corner. Which is probably a good thing (maybe) because the bottom of the steel on the two adjoining walls is not at the same height!

When the corner trim is eventually installed, another problem is going to crop up – the wainscot trim has not been properly held back to allow for the corners to be installed.

I know you have all been waiting for me to talk about the obvious……

Here it is……

The concrete around the top of the corner column.

It is supposed to be at the bottom of the hole. Properly located it will keep the building from settling, overturning and uplifting. This is pole building poor workmanship.

As it is installed, if there ever happens to be a frost issue, what is known officially as a “top collar” gives added surface for frost heave.

As my 23-year-old daughter Allison would say, “Face-wall, when face-palm just isn’t enough”.

2 thoughts on “Pole Building Poor Workmanship

  1. zoe

    Yup, it’s to bad that a lot of these so called pole barn companies hire a lot of unskilled idiots that have no clue what there doing. B and A construction out of Huntingburg, Indiana is the worst. No one there could even read a tape measure. A pole barn was the worst thing i ever wasted my money on. Buy a stick built garage.

    1. admin Post author

      The lack of quality workers is sadly prevalent throughout all of the construction trades, not just pole barns. This is why we cater to DIYers – the average person who is physically capable can successfully erect their own beautiful post frame building – and save money vs. a stick frame garage.


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