How Far to Lower the Trusses?

Posted by polebarnguru on 09/21/2015
How Far to Lower the Trusses?

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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Pole Building Shipping Disasters

Posted by polebarnguru on 09/18/2015
Pole Building Shipping Disasters

Convoy For those of you not old enough to remember, or those of us too old to remember, the late 1970’s were a time of 55 mph speed limits and C.W. McCall’s iconic: https://search.yahoo.com/search?ei=UTF-8&fr=crmas&p=cw+mccall+convoy Interesting things can happen to pole building kit packages once they get loaded on to one of those big rigs and […]

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Southern Pine is Not a Benefit!

Posted by polebarnguru on 09/17/2015
Southern Pine is Not a Benefit!

Almost Anything Can be Sold as a Benefit Over the years I have noticed one thing about sales people (and sales organizations), almost anything can be run up the flag pole as a benefit (oftentimes it is actually a feature) and if it is touted highly enough, a certain number of people will believe it. […]

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Local Lumberyard Quote

Posted by polebarnguru on 09/16/2015
Local Lumberyard Quote

Local Lumberyard + Pole Barns = Scary Yes, the title looks to be a simple math equation. The problem with math equations is, not very many people can actually do them – at least not when they fly a desk at the local lumber dealer. Case in point –XYZ Lumberyard with multiple state locations. (name […]

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Construction Safety Trajedy

Posted by polebarnguru on 09/15/2015
Construction Safety Trajedy

Sometimes Things Go Tragically Wrong Construction safety is nothing to overlook. Even the most experienced among us can make errors (read a very personal story here: https://www.hansenpolebuildings.com/2011/07/dont-take-a-fall/) Tuesday, September 8, 2015 an under construction building in Queenstown, Maryland had some challenges. Here is the story: “Two construction workers were flown to the University of Maryland […]

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How Deep Should Pole Barn Holes Be?

Posted by polebarnguru on 09/14/2015
How Deep Should Pole Barn Holes Be?

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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Requirements by Building Departments

Posted by polebarnguru on 09/11/2015
Requirements by Building Departments

The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Intentions Around about 1150 Saint Bernard of Clairvaux is thought to have originated the phrase. It is highly unlikely he had the prescriptive requirements provided by Building Departments for post frame (pole building) construction in mind at the time. More powerful people than I have ranked and […]

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Repurposing a Pole Building

Posted by polebarnguru on 09/10/2015
Repurposing a Pole Building

The following is an actual true story, beginning with this client reaching out via email to the Hansen Pole Buildings Technical Support Department. Hi Tech Support, I can hear your engineers groaning already.  “Why didn’t you design that when you bought the pole building?”  They are completely right, and please feel free to ridicule me […]

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What Size Cupola and How Many?

Posted by polebarnguru on 09/09/2015
What Size Cupola and How Many?

What Size Cupola and How Many? In the world of post frame (pole buildings) cupolas are relatively small, usually square, structures placed on top of the ridgeline. While they are primarily aesthetic, with side louvers they can also be functional vents. The cupola is a development during the Renaissance of the oculus, an ancient device […]

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Nailing Trusses Together

Posted by polebarnguru on 09/08/2015
Nailing Trusses Together

A Truss Story… I began my career in the prefabricated metal plate connected wood truss industry back in 1977 at what was then Spokane Truss, now it is a ProBuild truss plant. From there my next stop was their sister plant Coeur d’Alene Truss (now Coeur d’Alene Builders Supply). In my two plus years with […]

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What is the Correct Overhang Distance?

Posted by polebarnguru on 09/07/2015
What is the Correct Overhang Distance?

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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Closeable Roof Louver Exhaust Vents

Posted by polebarnguru on 09/04/2015
Closeable Roof Louver Exhaust Vents

All of this began from a client conversation with one of the Hansen Pole Buildings’ Designers…. Back in the stone ages I ruled the prefabricated metal connector plated wood truss manufacturing plant at the long ago defunct Lucas Plywood and Lumber in Salem, Oregon. Back in the late 70’s this was a going and growing […]

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Insulation Between Roof Purlins

Posted by polebarnguru on 09/03/2015
Insulation Between Roof Purlins

From the number of “Ask the Pole Barn Guru Questions” I receive and the new pole buildings I see being constructed, climate control is of very high importance. When I first entered the post frame industry 35 years ago, no one cared about it as virtually all ‘pole barns’ were farm buildings or small private […]

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Square Cut or Plumb Cut Trusses

Posted by polebarnguru on 09/02/2015
Square Cut or Plumb Cut Trusses

Square Cut or Plumb Cut Back in the 70’s, when I first entered the prefabricated metal connector plated wood truss industry, I was a sawyer. Sawyers are the folks who operate the component saws which precision (hopefully) cut all of the components prior to assembly. The people I worked for over the first few years […]

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Limited Storage Trusses

Posted by polebarnguru on 09/01/2015
Limited Storage Trusses

When my now lovely bride (always lovely) first had me visit her home in South Dakota, I couldn’t help but notice her nicely sized 32 foot square stick framed garage. Like most stud framed buildings, it had light weight metal connector plated wood roof trusses manufactured from 2x4s. Like many garages, this one was unheated. […]

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Attic Insulation Guide

Posted by polebarnguru on 08/31/2015
Attic Insulation Guide

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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Solar Heat Gain Coefficient

Posted by polebarnguru on 08/28/2015
Solar Heat Gain Coefficient

Solar Heat Gain Coefficient aka SHGC Hansen Pole Buildings’ Designer Rachel has a client who is looking for a SHGC rating of .45 or higher and found a window from Cardinal window (made by Marvin Windows) which had a rating of .65 SHGC. Rachel read my blog https://www.hansenpolebuildings.com/2012/06/low-e-windows/  and wondered if I could talk more […]

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Adding Onto an Existing Building Endwall

Posted by polebarnguru on 08/27/2015
Adding Onto an Existing Building Endwall

Picture this….. Your present pole (post frame) building is just not big enough. Whether through lack of planning on your part, or the previous owner – there just is not enough space. So – just add onto the end of it. Simple, right? Wrong. Assuming the existing building endwall is fully enclosed, there is a […]

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How to Untwist a Pressure Treated Post

Posted by polebarnguru on 08/26/2015
How to Untwist a Pressure Treated Post

This actually began as an “Ask the Pole Barn Guru” question: DEAR POLE BARN GURU: We have installed the Pressure Treated Posts  and they were straight when the concrete was poured, now a couple of weeks later we are seeing the poles twist and warp. They are straight at the ground level but about half […]

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Sheathing Under Standing Seam Steel

Posted by polebarnguru on 08/25/2015
Sheathing Under Standing Seam Steel

Earlier this year I was motoring around Arizona and stopped in to visit the Contractor (aka Pro) Desk at The Home Depot® in Sierra Vista. My timing could not have been better, as The Home Depot® Pro Account Sales Associate (PASA) Sherry was working on a quote for standing seam steel roofing and the question […]

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Which Way to Run Roof OSB

Posted by polebarnguru on 08/24/2015
Which Way to Run Roof OSB

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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Glu-lams: Which End is UP?

Posted by polebarnguru on 08/21/2015
Glu-lams: Which End is UP?

Which End is Up? Recently one of my articles (https://www.hansenpolebuildings.com/2015/06/nail-laminated-columns/) triggered quite a response from the President of Ohio Timberland Products, Inc. (https://www.hansenpolebuildings.com/2015/07/mike-burkholder/). Luckily, the two of us settled matters like most human males – we duked it out (at least electronically), got past it and then figuratively went and had a beer together. I’ve […]

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Chimney Pots

Posted by polebarnguru on 08/20/2015
Chimney Pots

Accidentally learning more new stuff today. Most of the best things I have ever learned have been by accident, probably why my adult children believe Dad knows more worthless trivia than anyone! I was looking for information on Fabral’s website (www.Fabral.com) for standing seam roofing and at the bottom of a page was chimney pots. […]

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Single Slope Roofs

Posted by polebarnguru on 08/19/2015
Single Slope Roofs

Ranking and Railing About Single Slope Roofs Long time readers have read my beat downs of single slope roofs on pole buildings in the past: https://www.hansenpolebuildings.com/2014/11/single-slope-roof/ Let’s take a gander at how wonderful a single slope roof pole building will work for an RV or tall equipment building.  We get folks coming to us for […]

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An Entry Door Installation Trick

Posted by polebarnguru on 08/18/2015
An Entry Door Installation Trick

I admit, when I first entered the post frame (pole) building business – I was clueless on a good day. My only “training” was picking the brain of an old time pole barn builder, George Evanovich. George was a nice enough guy, but it didn’t take me long to realize when it came to details […]

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