Day Two at Steve’s: Setting Trusses

Posted by polebarnguru on 07/30/2012
Day Two at Steve’s: Setting Trusses

If you did not read last Friday’s blog – go back and catch up.  This one will make more sense! Since the posts for Steve’s new garage were already in place, the worst of the work – playing in the dirt, was out of the way. Even when I have set my own poles, the […]

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Construction Time: Checking into Reality

Posted by polebarnguru on 07/27/2012
Construction Time: Checking into Reality

While most Hansen Buildings clients are looking to construct their own buildings, a fair number don’t want to do the dirty work themselves. They are looking for a builder who can at least construct the building shell for them. I haven’t been a building contractor personally in over a decade. Over the past few years […]

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OM – I Failed the Plan Check!

Posted by polebarnguru on 07/26/2012
OM – I Failed the Plan Check!

Life has now ended….nothing worse could ever happen…..ever….send my money back. No – failure to get through an initial plan check is not a reason for suicide planning, or to be jumping up and down screaming. Whether the building (or just plans) were provided by us, or anyone else – the first step is to […]

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Pressure Treated Posts: When Future Building Owners Think They are Engineers

When I was just a little tyke, my Mother used to watch Art Linkletter’s “House Party”. A highlight of his show was the segment, “Kids Say the Darndest Things”. I have my own version, “Potential Building Owners Say the Darndest Things”. Our Building Designer Lauri seems to be a magnet for these lately. Here she […]

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Post Tension Slab

Posted by polebarnguru on 07/24/2012
Post Tension Slab

Bob, one of our Building Designers, comes up with some truly great questions. I appreciate him keeping me thinking! Today Bob writes, “Any reason why a client in Louisiana would not be able to have a post-tension slab installed in one of our buildings? Apparently it’s a slab suggested in his area because of the […]

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Cutting Steel

Posted by polebarnguru on 07/23/2012
Cutting Steel

It is always a pleasure to be able to assist potential clients by answering their construction related questions. Client Randy asks: “I have gotten a bid for my building, but became aware that this will not be a “pre-fab” kit. My question is related to the cutting of the 29 gauge steel panels. What is […]

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Customer Service: Supporting the Competition

Posted by polebarnguru on 07/20/2012
Customer Service: Supporting the Competition

In 2000, I worked for a company who manufactured glu-laminated columns (or “glu-lams”) for post frame buildings. My job was to call on pole builders and companies which provided post frame building kits, to introduce the features and benefits of the product. I also interacted with lumberyards and wholesale lumber companies, in order to get […]

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Contractor Bonding

Posted by polebarnguru on 07/19/2012
Contractor Bonding

I was a general contractor for years, registered in multiple states. From time to time we would have clients question whether we had the capacity to perform. In other words, “would we finish the project as promised?” The states I was registered in all had contractor bond requirements, in order to secure a license. In […]

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Bridge Bracing

Posted by polebarnguru on 07/18/2012
Bridge Bracing

Lauri is one of the newer members to the Building Design team at Hansen Pole Buildings. Pole buildings, while having the appearance of being fairly simple, are actually remarkably complex structures and involve the proper interaction of literally thousands of components. Due to this, it is not surprising for a question to come up, which […]

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What is a Slip Sheet?

Posted by polebarnguru on 07/17/2012
What is a Slip Sheet?

I do not set out purposefully to learn something new every day, it just seems to happen. Today, Rachel, the most senior Building Designer at Hansen Buildings asked me if I had ever heard of a slip sheet. When I inquired of her further, she advised she was looking at a set of plans for […]

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Concrete Guarantee

Posted by polebarnguru on 07/16/2012
Concrete Guarantee

When I was a general contractor constructing pole buildings, we provided a fair number of concrete slabs in buildings. We always guaranteed one thing – the floor will crack! Not the answer people wanted to hear, but it was the truth. Concrete may be the longest lasting and most economical building material of all time. […]

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Truss Weight

Posted by polebarnguru on 07/13/2012
Truss Weight

I have been asked this question more than a few times, by potential do-it-yourselfers, who are considering constructing their own buildings. Jeff, one of the Building Designers at Hansen Pole Buildings, got asked this very same question again yesterday. I am certain most people ask this question, as they are considering how to go about […]

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Hiring for Concrete Finishing

Posted by polebarnguru on 07/12/2012
Hiring for Concrete Finishing

Yesterday I was having an ongoing discussion with a client about concrete finishing and his budget. From Elko, Nevada, the client was weighing whether he should hire a contractor to “turnkey” his new 30’ x 40’ pole building, or to construct it himself. In this instance, turnkey would include providing the design and materials, constructing […]

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Heels Aren’t Just for Dancing: Raised Heel Trusses

Posted by polebarnguru on 07/11/2012
Heels Aren’t Just for Dancing: Raised Heel Trusses

A raised heel truss is much like it sounds: the heel of a conventional metal plated roof truss, where the bottom chord intersects with (and bears on) the perimeter pole building wall columns and is fitted with a vertical member which literally raises the top chord of the truss. Now this is nothing new. Back […]

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Ice and Water Shield

Posted by polebarnguru on 07/10/2012
Ice and Water Shield

Steel roofed post frame buildings are not required to have ice and water shields installed beneath them (International Building Code – Section 1507.4).  However for most other types of roofing it is definitely a consideration, or even a requirement. IBC Section 1507.2.8.2 requires ice dam protection in areas where the average daily temperature in January […]

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Weather or Not

Posted by polebarnguru on 07/09/2012
Weather or Not

My maternal grandfather passed away at age 82, back in December 1990. Now the grandparents had been married for nearly 60 years, but grams still had lots of life in her. In 1991 Grandma Jerene started dating a widower from her church, Bob. Bob was a retired meteorologist – he had run the National Weather […]

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Concrete Sealer to Moisture Proof an Existing Concrete Slab

We were at a vendor event for the DirectBuy in Beaverton, Oregon when a member approached us looking for advice on how to seal an existing concrete floor in her pole barn. It seems the floor is always damp. I’ve always recommended placing an insulated vapor barrier beneath any new interior concrete floor. I’ve had […]

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The Perfect Indoor Riding Arena

Posted by polebarnguru on 07/05/2012
The Perfect Indoor Riding Arena

I’ve designed probably a thousand indoor riding arenas in the past three decades. One thing I have never heard from a client is – my riding arena is just too big! As I have heard my lovely bride tell hundreds of people – the cost of building is having four corners, once you have them, […]

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Pole Barn Truss Spacing Rerun

Posted by polebarnguru on 07/04/2012
Pole Barn Truss Spacing Rerun

Happy 4th of July! On holidays, I take a day to relax, and “re-run” some of my most highly read blogs.  From over a year ago, today’s subject has been viewed close to 8,000 times.  Yes, that’s 8 thousand. So here you go, for what I consider one of the hottest topics in pole building […]

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Keep Arena Riding Fun & Safe

Posted by polebarnguru on 07/03/2012
Keep Arena Riding Fun & Safe

I will confess….I have never ridden a horse. My daughter Bailey has more than averaged out the hours for me, as she has probably logged at least an entire year of 24 hour days in the saddle over the past decade. I’ve been in countless riding arenas and have yet to see posted riding rules […]

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Indoor Riding Arena

Posted by polebarnguru on 07/02/2012
Indoor Riding Arena

My daughter Bailey is a professional horse trainer in Canby, Oregon (blatant plug for her here – https://www.baileymombtraining.com). Last weekend I watched her, and horses and riders she trains, at the TWHEAO (Tennessee Walking Horse Exhibitor’s Association of Oregon) Summer Extravaganza in McMinnville, Oregon. Own a horse or horses, ride frequently and don’t have an […]

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Engineer – It Ain’t Amtrack

Posted by polebarnguru on 06/29/2012
Engineer – It Ain’t Amtrack

I once heard an anecdotal story about a man who had a choice to stand in one of two lines – for brains, or trains. He had always wanted to be an engineer, so he picked the line for trains…. OK, so it wasn’t necessarily funny. If you’ve ever been involved with a commercial building, […]

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Woodworking Shop Planning Part III

Posted by polebarnguru on 06/28/2012
Woodworking Shop Planning Part III

If you didn’t read the last two days’ blogs, Part I and II of a three part series on how to design a woodworking shop, I’d advise you to back up a day or two and read them. To finish up on how to best design your woodworking shop… Design your building with adequate electric […]

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Woodworking Shops Part II

Posted by polebarnguru on 06/27/2012
Woodworking Shops Part II

If you didn’t read yesterday’s blog, Part I of a three part series on woodworking shops, I’d advise you to back up a day and read it, as it’s the “start” in terms of figuring out how to design your new shop. To continue… Think in terms of “workflow.” Can some of the infeed/outfeed spaces […]

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Designing a Woodworking Shop

Posted by polebarnguru on 06/26/2012
Designing a Woodworking Shop

A popular use for many of our pole buildings is for woodworking. Bob, one of our Building Designers, suggested some hints as to how to set up a woodworking shop might be a good idea for a blog. Some of our clients have the space and budget to be able to construct elaborate workspaces in […]

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