Determining the Most Effective Building Weather Resistant Barrier – Part I

How to Determine the Most Effective Weather Resistant Barrier for a Building With more and more post frame (pole) buildings being used for residences, offices and other conditioned buildings – weather barriers (think Housewraps) have become a hot topic. Matt Risinger wrote the article below for the Journal of Light Construction, and whilst it is […]

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Critique of a Barn of the Rich and Famous

Posted by polebarnguru on 01/12/2016
Critique of a Barn of the Rich and Famous

High profile folks with lots of photos of their pole barns online make for easy targets. Gus Van Sant has always marched to the beat of his own drummer, mixing unconventional movies like “Even Cowgirls Get The Blues,” “Drugstore Cowboy” and “My Own Private Idaho” in with more commercial fare like “Good Will Hunting,” “Finding Forrester” […]

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Dear Pole Barn Guru: Is a Loft Possible in a 14′ Eave Height?

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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You Don’t Mess Around With Jim

Posted by polebarnguru on 01/09/2016
You Don’t Mess Around With Jim

Building Officials Are Your Friend Back in 1972 the late Jim Croce recorded and released the song, “You Don’t Mess Around With Jim”. As recorded, the refrain goes like this: “You don’t tug on superman’s cape You don’t spit into the wind You don’t pull the mask off that old lone ranger And you don’t mess […]

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Gross Misrepresentation?

Posted by polebarnguru on 01/07/2016
Gross Misrepresentation?

Gross Misrepresentation? Okay, so the title is a play on words – which you shall come to see shortly. Hansen Pole Buildings’ Designer Dave Gross (get it) has been discussing a post frame building kit package with a client in Washington state. The client has also gotten a quote from a company from San Antonio, […]

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Why I Truly Love Competitor’s Websites

Posted by polebarnguru on 01/06/2016
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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Rebar

Posted by polebarnguru on 01/05/2016
Rebar

One of the most surprising things about steel is that it has an expansion coefficient nearly equal to that of modern concrete. If this were not so, it would cause problems because of additional longitudinal and perpendicular stresses as the temperature changed following setting. Although rebar has ribs which bind it mechanically to the concrete, it […]

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Dear Pole Barn Guru: Large Building Openings

Posted by polebarnguru on 01/04/2016
Dear Pole Barn Guru: Large Building Openings

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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Do your Homework on Code and Loading Requirements

Posted by polebarnguru on 01/02/2016
Do your Homework on Code and Loading Requirements

Welcome to Ask the Pole Barn Guru – where you can ask questions about building topics, with answers posted on Mondays & Saturdays.  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 […]

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Common Live Loads for Post Frame Floors

Posted by polebarnguru on 01/01/2016
Common Live Loads for Post Frame Floors

Hansen Pole Buildings has seen a dramatic increase in the number of post frame buildings which utilize either a partial or full second or third floor, or bonus space within attic trusses. Seemingly the average pole builder, or pole building supplier, has a limit knowledge of what is involved in the proper structural loading of […]

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Parishioners celebrate Christmas Eve Mass in a Pole Barn

Posted by polebarnguru on 12/31/2015
Parishioners celebrate Christmas Eve Mass in a Pole Barn

They say the church is not a building. It’s the people. Here is an article which addresses this very subject: https://www.mlive.com/news/bay-city/index.ssf/2015/12/after_their_church_closed_pari.html Over the years, Hansen Pole Buildings has designed and provided numerous buildings for church communities across the country. These are buildings which were purposefully designed to meet the needs of the particular congregation, from […]

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First Amendment to the United States Constitution

Posted by polebarnguru on 12/30/2015
First Amendment to the United States Constitution

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” My long time readers recognize my ability to tie seemingly […]

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Another closure strip story

Posted by polebarnguru on 12/29/2015
Another closure strip story

This is a real life message from one of our clients: “So I went to put in my foam closures today and I don’t have enough. There is a gap on both the top and bottom of the wainscoting. The building dimensions are 24’x24′. So 4 sides at 24′ is 96′ – 12′ garage door […]

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Roof Systems and Roof Pitches

Posted by polebarnguru on 12/28/2015
Roof Systems and Roof Pitches

Welcome to Ask the Pole Barn Guru – where you can ask questions about building topics, with answers posted on Mondays & Saturdays.  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 […]

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Concrete Before or After

Posted by polebarnguru on 12/26/2015
Concrete Before or After

Welcome to Ask the Pole Barn Guru – where you can ask questions about building topics, with answers posted on Mondays & Saturdays.  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 […]

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Some Building Mistakes are Universal

Posted by polebarnguru on 12/25/2015
Some Building Mistakes are Universal

My friend Domenick Buonamici is an American expat who lives in Ecuador. He also writes about his experiences in Ecuador. When this one passed by me, I couldn’t help but relate it to common similar mistakes we see here in the United States. I see it all the time here on the coast of Ecuador. […]

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Wood Floors – Deflection and Vibration

Posted by polebarnguru on 12/24/2015
Wood Floors – Deflection and Vibration

In my career, I’ve designed a plethora of wood floors for post fame buildings. I’ve never yet has a client question me about one of the things which may later seem very important – how much will my floor deflect? Post frame building buyers naturally take for granted wood floor system in a new pole […]

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Visually Graded Lumber Variability Can be a Problem

Posted by polebarnguru on 12/23/2015
Visually Graded Lumber Variability Can be a Problem

While it is impossible to get around the fact lumber is an organic substance, and therefore has inherent variability, it has always been used as the primary raw material of the residential construction industry. In fact, the growing reliance on the structural design properties of lumber by the US housing industry led to the development […]

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Bookshelf Girts and Drywall

Posted by polebarnguru on 12/22/2015
Bookshelf Girts and Drywall

I have to thank those readers who contribute questions so good, it is impossible not to share them as articles. Remodeling and repurposing  of pole barns is becoming a popular subject, as the buildings will, in all likelihood, outlive their original owners. Here is one meritorious recent submission: “Hello, I love all the information on […]

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Sliding Door Help

Posted by polebarnguru on 12/21/2015
Sliding Door Help

Welcome to Ask the Pole Barn Guru – where you can ask questions about building topics, with answers posted on Mondays & Saturdays.  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 […]

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How To Prevent Condensation

Posted by polebarnguru on 12/19/2015
How To Prevent Condensation

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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Post Spacing

Posted by polebarnguru on 12/18/2015
Post Spacing

There are some occasions when I get asked questions which are best if shared to a wider audience than just, “Ask the Pole Barn Guru”. Here is one: DEAR POLE BARN GURU:    How important is it to have the post straight across from each other when they are on the same truss?  Is there […]

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1000

Posted by polebarnguru on 12/17/2015
1000

One thousand – it can be a very large or very small number, depending upon one’s perspective. For me, this marks the 1,000th blog article I have written. To put this into perspective, Tolstoy’s epic, “War and Peace” (which I confess to having never read) has about 560,000 words, in English. The blog articles total […]

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Good Luck

Posted by polebarnguru on 12/16/2015
Good Luck

This is a two part blog so if you have not yet had a chance please read yesterdays blog titled ‘The Apprentice‘. “What does have a major affect on the plans is the entire left side elevation.  I already own steel horse stall wall sections that measure approximately 11’ 11” wide by 7’6” tall so […]

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The Apprentice

Posted by polebarnguru on 12/15/2015
The Apprentice

A dozen years ago Donald Trump became executive producer and host of the NBC hit reality show, The Apprentice. In the show, a group of competitors battled for management positions at one of Trump’s businesses. Contestants were successively “fired” by Trump and eliminated from the game. I considered the use of Donald Trump’s catchphrase to […]

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