Bracing Site-Built Trusses for Lateral Loads

Posted by polebarnguru on 09/07/2023
Bracing Site-Built Trusses for Lateral Loads

Bracing Site-Built Trusses For Lateral Loads Reader in SHINER writes: “I am building a gambrel style barn, 30×80, in two directions, in plan view, it looks like a cross. I am building the trusses based on an LSU publication, giving sizes of structural members, etc… I have built several structures before, not a gambrel style […]

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Eave Light Replacement, Base Drip Edge Height, and Two-Hour Fire Wall Design

This week the Pole Barn Guru answers reader questions about eave light panel replacement for panels used for solar warming, base drip edge height related to concrete height, and drawing for two-hour fire wall design. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: I have a south wall on shed built 40 years ago which was set up for […]

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Pole Building Condos

Posted by polebarnguru on 09/05/2023
Pole Building Condos

6 Advantages of Post-Frame Construction for Condos Due to its adaptability and affordability, post-frame architecture, often known as pole barn construction, has grown in popularity in recent years. It has recently been employed in residential construction, including condos, after first being used mostly for commercial and agricultural structures.  There are six advantages of post-frame construction […]

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Building Your Dream Home: A Beginner’s Guide to Custom Pole Barn Homes

It can be difficult for aspiring business owners to determine the best course for success. It doesn’t have to be daunting, though, with some careful thought and preparation. By Guest blogger – Alexandra Teeter ateeter@worksowell.com Building Your Dream Home: A Beginner’s Guide to Custom Pole Barn Homes  You’re ready to take the next big step […]

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Post Frame Possibilities, Engineer Sealed Plans in Canada, and Horse Barn Apartment

This Wednesday the Pole Barn Guru tackles reader questions about the possibilities of post frame wall height with columns atop a concrete wall, interpreting client needs into engineer sealed drawings, and the scope of a barn to accommodate horses on the main level and an apartment above. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Could I build tall […]

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Can I Draw Up My Own Building Plans and Have an Engineer Stamp Them?

Can I Draw Up My Own Building Plans and Have an Engineer Stamp Them? This became a rather heated topic in a recent social media discussion. Question posed was could an individual draw their own post-frame building plans, take them to an engineer, and have the engineer stamp them. A professional engineer’s role in signing […]

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Conditioning and Insulating a Shop/House in Spokane (Climate Zone 5B)

Conditioning and Insulating a Shop/House in Spokane (Climate Zone 5B) My Social Media friend TYLER in SPOKANE writes: “Hello Mr. Guru, I am planning to build a 48′ x 60′ post frame shop with a 48’x20′ finished living space inside and the remaining to be insulated and climate controlled shop space. I’m planning for 14′ […]

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Insulation/Envelope, Egress Window in Gable, and Ribbed Steel Testing

Today’s Ask the Guru tackles reader questions about how to best insulate/envelope a pole barn shop in AZ, if the Guru has “an engineered work around for gable ends so I could replace the vent with an egress window,” and trying to find out if pole barn ribbed siding is tested under NFPA275 to be […]

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Post-frame Covered Equestrian Round Pens

Posted by polebarnguru on 08/17/2023
Post-frame Covered Equestrian Round Pens

Post-frame Covered Equestrian Round Pens Reader DAWN in MARRIETTA writes: “I know that there is a standard width of beams for roofs and I’d like to fall into that over custom size. I’d like the size to be 80 x 80+ as a covered structure to work horses within. Is this size doable? And approximately […]

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Notching Columns, Use of Winch Box, and Financing

Posted by polebarnguru on 08/16/2023
Notching Columns, Use of Winch Box, and Financing

This week the Pole Barn Guru answers reader questions about the best way to notch columns to support a header, nailing truss pairs when using a winch box, and financing of a post frame home. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: I need to cut a 1/4″ out of my posts for the headers to set in […]

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Retrofitting for an Interior Workshop

Posted by polebarnguru on 08/15/2023
Retrofitting for an Interior Workshop

Retrofitting for an Interior Workshop Loyal reader LAURI in NORTH BRANCH writes: “Thank you ahead of time for your generous gift of answering these questions. I love your blog. I have a 40 x 60 pole barn and doing an interior workshop of 25 x 40. Exterior walls (only in workshop area) have no vapor […]

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Engineering an Open Pavilion

Posted by polebarnguru on 08/10/2023
Engineering an Open Pavilion

Engineering an Open Pavilion Professional Engineer KEN in AIRVILLE writes: “Working on engineering a post frame equipment open pavilion 28×48. Only has 2 posts on the front wall and big ass flat girder for a header. See attached plans. I have done them all different ways before I a structural engineer who grew up at […]

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Pier Insulation, Hold Up Distances, and Site Prep

Posted by polebarnguru on 08/09/2023
Pier Insulation, Hold Up Distances, and Site Prep

This week the Pole Barn Guru answers reader questions about insulating around outside of post piers, the hold-up distance of any non-treated lumber or wall sheathing, and if laying gravel prior to drilling and setting columns would be best order of building. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Kind of a 2 parter. I am trenching 4′ […]

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Builder Placed no Vapor Barrier Between Purlins and Roof Steel

Builder Placed no Vapor Barrier Between Purlins and Roof Steel Almost client ALEX in CLINTON writes: “I recently had a pole barn home built and after we moved in we discovered our roof does not have any form of vapor barrier, just metal right on top of the purlins. Our contractor stated the entire attic […]

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Can I Purchase Just Plans?

Posted by polebarnguru on 08/03/2023
Can I Purchase Just Plans?

Can I Purchase Just Plans?  writes: “I live in NC, and love the building pictured on your website–can I purchase just the plans? I’m attaching the picture for reference, and thank you so much for your time & assistance!” Mike the Pole Barn Guru responds: Thank you for your kind words in regards to this […]

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Roof Replacement, the next Steps, and Hurricane Codes

Posted by polebarnguru on 08/02/2023
Roof Replacement, the next Steps, and Hurricane Codes

This week the Pole Barn Guru answers reader questions about replacement of a roof damaged from snow loads, gravel and concrete steps, and what measures are taken in Florida to prepare for hurricanes. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: We have a 24’Wx52’L pole barn in Northern California and the 2022 winter snow load compromised the roof […]

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Repairing Rotted Lester Building Poles

Posted by polebarnguru on 08/01/2023
Repairing Rotted Lester Building Poles

Repairing Rotted Lester Building Poles Reader KEVIN in OELWEIN writes: “I own a Lester’s (Company name) pole barn machine storage shed on my farm that was built in the late 1970’s. It needs new metal put on the roof. It is 50′ x 80′ with a concrete floor. Some of the poles are rotting just […]

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Help, I am Not a Building Contractor

Posted by polebarnguru on 07/27/2023
Help, I am Not a Building Contractor

Help, I am Not a Contractor Potential client JERRY in MONETA writes: “Kit would do us no good as I’m not a contractor and these structures certainly don’t come with labor. Being a kit would be no better than its actual builder how does one go about finding a reputable contractor for Hansen pole buildings?” […]

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Roof Truss Costs, Moisture Barriers, and Integrated Condensation Control

This Wednesday the Pole Barn Guru addresses reader questions about “the most cost effective length to procure, transport and install of a Post Frame Roof Truss 4/12 Pitch; 36′, 40′ or 50′?” a suitable moisture barrier for a shed, and Integrated condensation controls. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Typically, what is the most cost effective length […]

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Lime Screen Floor

Posted by polebarnguru on 07/25/2023
Lime Screen Floor

Long time readers know I learn brand new things every single day. Here is today’s learning experience for me. Client JASON in LAWLER wrote to Hansen Pole Buildings’ Designer Mason: “Mason the project number that I was looking at is 20-1006F the only thing is that I want a lean to on both sides and […]

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Truss Notch Locations and Heel Height

Posted by polebarnguru on 07/20/2023
Truss Notch Locations and Heel Height

Truss Notch Locations and Heel Height vs. Purlin Dimensions on Overhang End Hansen Pole Buildings’ DIY clients BENJAMIN and COURTNEY in DEER LODGE write: “Hello, I’m trying to understand the difference of a quarter inch between my end wall overhang  purlins and my heel heights. My interior truss has a heel of 19 3/8” and […]

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Attic Space, Cost Effective Size, and Column Sizing

Posted by polebarnguru on 07/19/2023
Attic Space, Cost Effective Size, and Column Sizing

This week the Pole barn Guru answers reader questions regarding a 6ft attic space over a 30×44 pole barn, the most “cost effective” method to build, and the point at which a post increased from a 6×6 to a 6×8. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: We want a decent-height (a bit over 6ft) attic space in […]

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Converting an Unfinished Wood Frame Steel Building

Posted by polebarnguru on 07/18/2023
Converting an Unfinished Wood Frame Steel Building

Converting an Unfinished Wood Frame Steel Building Reader GEOFF in WILLISTON writes: “ Mike, I think I came across a response on the internet of yours to a question about installing liner panels on the bottom chord of trusses and blowing insulation over the top. If memory serves me the question included the position of […]

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Thinking Stick Frame Rather Than Post Frame

Posted by polebarnguru on 07/13/2023
Thinking Stick Frame Rather Than Post Frame

Thinking Stick Frame Rather Than Post Frame Reader BRAD writes:“Real question…I’ve been doing lots of reading and love this site. I am building a 40x60x14 this spring. I originally thought I was going to go pole barn and now I am thinking stick frame. Reason….1. I am going to have insulated concrete foundation with in […]

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Average Cost in WA State, Garage with Dwelling Unit, and Combo Girts

This Wednesday the Pole Barn Guru addresses reader questions about the average cost of “a 1200 sf 2 bed 1 bath 1 carport 1 small porch for a contractor in WA state?” If a person can build one structure for a garage with a dwelling unit, and if it would be beneficial to install commercial […]

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