Wood: The Number One Green Building Material

Posted by polebarnguru on 08/29/2011
Wood: The Number One Green Building Material

There is a strong case to be made that wood is the greenest building material. But for it to really earn that title, we have to rethink how we build with it. In North America, wood construction has dominated single-family and low-rise housing; steel and concrete have dominated commercial and mid-rise residential construction. This usage […]

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The Pole Barn Guru: I Really Love What I Do

Posted by polebarnguru on 08/26/2011
The Pole Barn Guru: I Really Love What I Do

I Really Love What I Do How many of you can say you have been blessed to be in a career you truly love? One where you wake up every morning, excited to get to do it again? Call it luck, call it being blessed, call it anything you want….I love what I do. And […]

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Mike the Pole Barn Guru Back Returns to Selling Pole Buildings

Part 3 of:  Mike the Pole Barn Guru… Unemployment Line? Back in the day…over a decade ago, I had a good friend who had created a website and was making a good living selling one single aftermarket engine part for Dodge pickups. Now this was back when most people did not have internet service, and […]

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Pole Barn Guru: Unemployed again?

Posted by polebarnguru on 08/24/2011
Pole Barn Guru: Unemployed again?

Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch… In yesterday’s blog, we found our hero (aka me), “The Pole Barn Guru” worked out of a job. But wait….turns out there was work to be done. Deep in the recesses of Hansen Buildings, works a mysterious character known only as ….. “Shoes”. Shoes isn’t actually her Secret Agent name. […]

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Mike the Pole Barn Guru: Unemployment Line?

Posted by polebarnguru on 08/23/2011
Mike the Pole Barn Guru: Unemployment Line?

Mike the Pole Barn Guru: Unemployment Line? I don’t think so…. Back in 2002, this was just a fledgling business. Sure, I had over 20 years of experience, but this new business meant starting over from nowhere.  I had never before sold buildings primarily through the internet. Our building plans – two pages (granted they […]

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What the Hail? Protecting against hail damage

Posted by polebarnguru on 08/22/2011
What the Hail? Protecting against hail damage

What the Hail? I’ve been visiting my son and his wife in Maryville, TN. I used to be a competitive long-distance runner, and while I absolutely hate running, I enjoy eating whatever I want even more, so I run to eat. My lovely daughter-in-law set me up on a four mile loop to run. Those […]

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ACH: You want me to Tell You What?

Posted by polebarnguru on 08/19/2011
ACH: You want me to Tell You What?

You want me to Tell You What? Several years ago, we wanted to make a direct payment to one of our vendors by ACH (Automated Clearing House) direct deposit to their checking account. We explained the process to them, as well as letting them know we needed to have their bank routing information and account […]

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Buyer’s Remorse: Why We Won’t Sell You Anything

Posted by polebarnguru on 08/18/2011
Buyer’s Remorse: Why We Won’t Sell You Anything

A New Pole Building: Why We Won’t Sell You Anything…. Have you ever purchased something, and then after the purchase wondered how it is you ended up owning it? We are not talking here about the package of Chiclets from an adorable child on a sunny beach – those types of small dollar purchases are […]

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Buy Pole Barn Plans

Posted by polebarnguru on 08/17/2011
Buy Pole Barn Plans

Let’s Buy Pole Barn Plans… As I browse about the ‘net, checking out what is available in our industry, I find lots of folks who are selling plans for barns and pole buildings. Some of these are remarkably inexpensive. Now, why might buying a set of pole barn plans off the internet not be a […]

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Roof leaks: Where does condensation come from?

Posted by polebarnguru on 08/16/2011
Roof leaks: Where does condensation come from?

Roof Leaks: Where does condensation come from? When the weather turns cool in the fall, we get calls from customers with “roof leaks”, even when it has not been raining. These “leaks” are actually from condensation and are often reported as, “My steel roof is sweating”. Steel roofing does not sweat. Having no sweat glands, […]

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Green Buildings: The Economics of Building with Wood

Posted by polebarnguru on 08/15/2011
Green Buildings: The Economics of Building with Wood

Green Buildings: The Economics of Building with Wood Anyone can equip a building with a few energy efficient features and call their product “green”, but a true move to sustainability in low rise buildings means improving the building process itself. In an industry as fragmented as construction, doing so demands a major investment in time, […]

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Pole Barns: Blazing Pole Building Prices…Honestly

Posted by polebarnguru on 08/12/2011
Pole Barns: Blazing Pole Building Prices…Honestly

Blazing Building Prices…Honestly You’ve been talking with someone about a new pole barn. You like the salesperson, and feel like you have built a good relationship with them. You feel they offer a good design solution, can deliver within your time frame….just one question remains. Is their price right? Here is the secret to honestly […]

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Roof Trusses: Planes, Trains and Automobiles

Posted by polebarnguru on 08/11/2011
Roof Trusses: Planes, Trains and Automobiles

Roof Trusses: Planes, Trains & Automobiles Usually none of these get hung from the bottom chords of roof trusses, however lots of other things can be. Standard pole building truss designs will support only the extra weight of minimal lighting and electrical. Don’t panic, virtually anything can be supported from your pole barn trusses and […]

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Mega Building Clearspans; Just Put a Post in It

Posted by polebarnguru on 08/10/2011
Mega Building Clearspans; Just Put a Post in It

Mega Clearspan Buildings…Just Put a Post in It In my first managerial position in the roof truss industry, we worked out of an 80 foot wide by 120 foot long concrete tilt up building. This building had a row of interior columns down the middle, 30 feet on center. These three columns posed no challenge […]

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Building Permits; Stick ‘Em Up

Posted by polebarnguru on 08/09/2011
Building Permits; Stick ‘Em Up

Stick ‘em Up Kim Fahey was recently convicted of a dozen misdemeanor building code infractions last month, in Los Angeles County. He faces several years in prison unless he tears down his “Phonehenge West”. Fahey said his constitutional right to do what he wants on his property is being trampled, calling that the real issue […]

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No SCUBA gear; Sit Tight Raising a Pole Barn Garage

Posted by polebarnguru on 08/08/2011
No SCUBA gear; Sit Tight Raising a Pole Barn Garage

No SCUBA gear; Sit Tight and Raise a New Pole Barn Garage The headline was, “Why We’re Pumped About Our Underwater Home”. It had nothing to do with physically watching the waves roll over their home – but the headline did catch my attention. Writer Laura Cone purchased her new home in 2005 for $180,000 […]

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Are We Addicted to Bad News?

Posted by polebarnguru on 08/05/2011
Are We Addicted to Bad News?

As they say in journalism, “If it bleeds, it leads”.  It is important to remember the media’s goal is to capture eyeballs and all too often we are unable to turn our heads away from a train wreck. Patti Domm, CNBC Executive News Editor, recently wrote: “June’s miserable jobs report has put the fear of […]

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Building Codes…And You

Posted by polebarnguru on 08/04/2011
Building Codes…And You

We as a public don’t like “being told what to do” and often balk at agencies which regulate important parts of our lives, such as how we want to design a building.  However, there is a good reason they get involved.  The building code is to protect public health, safety and general welfare as relating […]

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When Less is More – Economical Buildings

Posted by polebarnguru on 08/03/2011
When Less is More – Economical Buildings

When Less is More – Economical Buildings The beauty of pole building construction includes being very affordable and being relatively easy to build. In the affordability area – a common misconception is to construct the building as “just a roof”, with the idea of walls being installed at a later date. And this will result […]

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Why a Trained Building Designer is Your Best Teammate

Posted by polebarnguru on 08/02/2011
Why a Trained Building Designer is Your Best Teammate

A Perfect Throw is Useless without a Successful Catch How important is having a Team mentality? Maybe you are on a winning team now – whether it be sports, business or a personal relationship. When you are on a Winning Team, you can pretty well attribute the success to Effective Teamwork. Individual achievement is critical […]

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Pole Barn Plans – Goin’ For A Plans Check

Posted by polebarnguru on 08/01/2011
Pole Barn Plans – Goin’ For A Plans Check

Pole Barn Plans – Goin’ For A Plans Check You did your homework….you have been through the hoops of your local planning department, and they have told you the dream pole building you want can indeed be constructed on your property, where you want it. After their blessing, you have stopped in at the building […]

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Yugo or You Go! – Making A Quality Building Investment

Posted by polebarnguru on 07/29/2011
Yugo or You Go! – Making A Quality Building Investment

Why you can’t afford to not make a quality building investment. I am a member of a builder forum on LinkedIn. This morning, a new topic post was, “Do you use inferior products to get your bid down low or use the right product knowing you will lose the work on price?” As a professional […]

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Verify, Verify and….Verify! Confirm Local Building Codes

Posted by polebarnguru on 07/28/2011
Verify, Verify and….Verify! Confirm Local Building Codes

Did I happen to mention verify? So, you have a problem, or are trying to reach a goal – with the solution being a new building. Now, with the solution in mind, what to do first? Call around or shop online to get a price? Wrong answer. The correct answer is to visit your planning […]

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Chasing Your Building Dream

Posted by polebarnguru on 07/27/2011
Chasing Your Building Dream

There are lots of folks just like you who are out there chasing the steel covered building dream. You have a problem or are trying to reach a goal, which involves a new pole or steel building. Am I right? Now there are also a lot of people out there telling you it’s easy. In […]

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Quonset Huts

Posted by polebarnguru on 07/26/2011
Quonset Huts

You may have heard them advertised on television, radio, online and in the back of Popular Mechanics. I came across a query from a gentleman from Wake Forest, NC which included, “I have found some really good deals on the local craigslist from private individuals who have bought them and never put them up for […]

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