What About Poles Themselves?

What About Poles Themselves?

Well poles of “pole barn” fame have transformed into today’s post of “post frame” buildings. Round posts just do not lend themselves to ease of construction unlike square or rectangular columns.

FEATURE: Glu-laminated or solid-sawn grade stamped columns, depending upon marketplace availability.

BENEFIT: Glu-laminated columns have a superior strength to weight ratio and are resistant to warp and twist making them easier to install for Do-It-Yourselfers.

Solid-sawn timbers are readily available in many dimensions and eliminate need for field nailing as well as nail avoidance when being cut or notched.

WARRANTY INFORMATION HERE: Hansen Pole Buildings provides a Limited Lifetime Warranty against column failures due to wind or snow loads: https://www.hansenpolebuildings.com/pole-building-warranty/ and https://www.hansenpolebuildings.com/images/warrantylarge.gif.

Many Hansen Pole Buildings glu-laminated columns are produced by Timber Technologies (www.Timber-Technologies.com) and Rigidply Rafters (www.Rigidply.com) both of whom offer their own 50 Year Limited Warranties.

EXTENDED READING ABOUT THIS SUBJECT: https://www.hansenpolebuildings.com/2016/09/columns-not-created-equal/

WHAT OTHERS DO: An amazing number of variants of a theme! So many as to be impossible to cover them all here. Rather than creating a mind numbingly long article, I’ve included links to past writing in regards to this subject.

Some in ground solutions:




Columns also can be mounted to create an above ground solution:



WHAT WE DID IN 1980: Regardless of building dimensions or loads being applied Lucas Plywood and Lumber supplied ungraded 6×6 timbers for all truss bearing columns. Above ground solutions were never even pondered.


One thought on “What About Poles Themselves?

  1. I’m going to be building my new house. And I will be doing it post frame. I have always used solid post and use my wich boxes to raise sets of trusses and truss bays with purlins assembled on them from the ground. Winch boxes save time and need for large equipment to set the trusses. Not to mention a safety stand point. I’m considering using wet set brackets for the post and never used them before. Would I still be able to use my winch boxes. I wasn’t sure on the stability of not having the post in the ground while hoisting up the trusses. I’m sure temporary bracing would be required. Second question is post. Solid vs Glulam vs nail lam


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