Category Archives: Building Contractor

Barndominium Contractor

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/06/05 @ 8:00
Barndominium Contractor

How to Have a Fair Relationship With Your Barndominium Contractor I have been a contractor and I have hired contractors. As much as you might wish to believe it will not be so, contractors can be a source of stress and anxiety. They can be masters at squeezing out profits, while putting in minimal efforts. […]

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Labor Costs for a New Barndominium

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/05/15 @ 8:00
Labor Costs for a New Barndominium

Labor Costs for a Post Frame Barndominium In my humble opinion, an average physically capable person who can and will read instructions can successfully erect his or her post frame barndominium. This is a great place to save money (provided time is available) and most people frankly will end up with a better finished home! […]

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Do You Own the Land Your Barndominium Will Be Built On?

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/05/14 @ 8:00
Do You Own the Land Your Barndominium Will Be Built On?

Do You Own the Land Your Barndominium Will Be Built On? Barndominiums, shouses and post frame homes are not only a current rage, they may be America’s future home of choice. Pinterest has literally hundreds of photos of barndominiums. DIY network’s “Texas Flip-n-Move” feature a rusty old barn made into a beautiful home in Episode […]

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End Truss Overhang Dilemma

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/04/22 @ 8:00
End Truss Overhang Dilemma

Reader ANDY in HAYDEN has an end overhang challenge. He writes: “Hello Mr Guru. I’m building a 30x40x12 post frame with 18″ eaves. My trusses builder doesn’t build drop cord ag trusses for my gable over hangs. I was advised to lower the gable truss on the corner post to allow room for my on […]

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See the Pretty External Wall Girts?

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/04/16 @ 8:00
See the Pretty External Wall Girts?

See the Pretty External Wall Girts? Readers of my latest two episodes are probably beginning to feel familiar with this commercial post frame building. As well as its challenges. I will first point out something in this photo I find to be odd, although not (surprisingly) necessarily a structural deficiency. Outside board on this building’s […]

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Another Post Frame Builder Blunder

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/04/15 @ 8:00
Another Post Frame Builder Blunder

Another Post Frame Builder Blunder In our last exciting installment of “As The Builder Burns” I shared a photo of a prefabricated end truss deeply in need of a sky hook in order to remain suspended in space. Today, it gets even better, with this very same builder showing off his ability to pretty well […]

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Commercial Post Frame Building Blunder

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/04/14 @ 8:00
Commercial Post Frame Building Blunder

Commercial Post Frame Building Blunder My Facebook friend Dan recently commented upon this article https://www.hansenpolebuildings.com/2020/03/there-is-a-right-way-and-this-way/ wanting to know if I could show some other building blunders. Yes Dan, I can. As Technical Director for Hansen Pole Buildings since 2002, I have gotten to assist a few DIYers and post frame builders with their building questions. […]

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See Those Pretty Chalk Lines – Forever

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/04/10 @ 8:00
See Those Pretty Chalk Lines – Forever

See Those Pretty Chalk Lines – Forever Disclaimer – not a photo of a Hansen Pole Building As kids, we grew up as the last house before the street surface changed from asphalt paving to dirt. Unlike today’s children, whose parents can buy “sidewalk chalk” in a myriad of colors, we improvised. Whenever a new […]

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A Miracle Cure to Prevent Twisted Timber Columns

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/04/08 @ 8:00
A Miracle Cure to Prevent Twisted Timber Columns

A Miracle Cure to Prevent Twisted Timber Columns In 1960 Chubby Checker did a cover of Hank Ballard and the Midnighters 1959 song “The Twist”. Checker’s cover reached Number One on Billboard’s Hot 100 both in 1960 and again in 1962, becoming the only single to reach number one in two different chart runs. While […]

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Beginning a Shouse Journey in Washington State Part I

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/03/11 @ 8:00
Beginning a Shouse Journey in Washington State Part I

A shouse (shop/house), barndominium or post frame house project may seem daunting, however by doing lots of reading, research and asking questions, an average individual can craft for themselves a home they love, tailored to meet their family’s wants and needs. Loyal reader ROBERT in OLYMPIA writes: “Hello to the Pole Barn Guru or whoever […]

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Where Your Barndominium Dollars Go

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/03/04 @ 8:00
Where Your Barndominium Dollars Go

Where Your Barndominium Dollars Go Recently published by NAHB (National Association of Home Builders) was their 2019 Cost of Construction Survey. I will work from their ‘average numbers’ to breakdown costs so you can get a feel for where your barndominium, shouse or post frame home dollars go. Please use this as a reference only, […]

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Does my Barndominium Need a Turn-Key General Contractor?

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/02/11 @ 8:00
Does my Barndominium Need a Turn-Key General Contractor?

Does My Barndominium Need a Turn-Key General Contractor? Often a goal of barndominium (especially post frame) construction is to be able to get your most building, for your dollars invested (think biggest bang per buck). When a turn-key general contractor is hired to provide a constructed building, normally about 25% of what you pay is […]

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Wall Girt Spacing, Roof Only to Fully Enclosed, and Dade Cty

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/02/03 @ 8:00
Wall Girt Spacing, Roof Only to Fully Enclosed, and Dade Cty

Today’s Pole Barn Guru answers questions about “proper wall girt spacing,” enclosing and insulating a roof only building, and if a post frame meets code in Dade County Florida. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: I just contacted a contractor to build my pole barn and he said 2 x4 wall girts at 36″ I don’t think […]

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Barndominium Warrantees

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/01/22 @ 8:00
Barndominium Warrantees

Barndominium Warrantees Regular readers of my articles are aware I have joined and regularly read and contribute to every Facebook and Linkedin group about barndominiums and post frame buildings I possibly can find. My goal always is for people to get their best possible value for their investment, even should they somehow decide Hansen Pole […]

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Builder or DIY? In ground or Brackets? and Remodel or Rebuild?

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/01/20 @ 8:00
Builder or DIY? In ground or Brackets? and Remodel or Rebuild?

Today’s Pole Barn Guru discusses finding a builder or DIY, posts in the ground or use wet set brackets, and whether or not to remodel or to rebuild a new structure. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Thank you for this great website. I have learned so much reviewing the blog articles. I will definitely buy one […]

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Calculating Stairs Rise and Run

Posted by polebarnguru on 20/01/09 @ 8:00
Calculating Stairs Rise and Run

What is Wrong With this Picture? Stairs, they seem to confound and befuddle just about everyone. In my early years as Sales Manager at Coeur d’Alene Truss, I used to volunteer to go measure houses up to confirm plan dimensions would match up with what was actually being built. Usually yes, but on occasion – […]

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Lumberyards-Don’t Burst Customer’s Dreams

Posted by polebarnguru on 19/12/18 @ 8:00
Lumberyards-Don’t Burst Customer’s Dreams

Lumberyards – Don’t Burst Customer’s Dreams A week or so ago I was contacted in regards to a 42 wide by 48 foot long 12 foot eave post frame (pole) building kit. This person had actually ‘purchased’ this building from a vendor local to him for just over 12,000 dollars with steel roofing and siding, […]

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Square Up a Building Fast

Posted by polebarnguru on 19/12/12 @ 8:00
Square Up a Building Fast

In our Facebook discussion group for pole and post frame builders only, a builder recently asked about fastest easiest way to square up a new building. For a beginner, this task may prove both daunting and time consuming. There is a way to be accurate and fast and although for most making a $1500 investment […]

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Performance Bonds

Posted by polebarnguru on 19/11/21 @ 8:00
Performance Bonds

Performance Bonds for Post Frame Buildings and Barndominiums Don’t get me wrong, most post frame and barndominium building contractors are honest folks who just love to make their clients happy. I, for one, get tired of reading horror stories of folks who have been ripped off by those who are not so scrupulous. And every […]

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A Contractor for Your Barndominium Part III

Posted by polebarnguru on 19/11/08 @ 8:00
A Contractor for Your Barndominium Part III

A Contractor for Your Barndominium (Part III) Miscellaneous Topics: Do Not Change Your Plan Once your plans have been permitted, do not make changes. This allows openings for expensive “Change Orders,” and will have an allowable timeline effect. In cases, this will require you to resubmit to your local jurisdiction and could involve months of […]

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A Contractor for Your Barndominium Part II

Posted by polebarnguru on 19/11/07 @ 8:00
A Contractor for Your Barndominium Part II

A Contractor for Your Barndominium (Part II) Liquidated Damages For most people, you are financing your barndominium and have logistical issues prior to being able to occupy. Negotiate a hard date for project completion, using a start date based upon Building Permit approval. After this completion date, you will assess builder a monetary penalty for […]

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A Contractor for Your New Barndominium

Posted by polebarnguru on 19/11/06 @ 8:00
A Contractor for Your New Barndominium

A Contractor for Your Barndominium (Part I) I have done my best to be a member of any barndominium, shouse (shop/house) or post frame house discussion group on Facebook with any sort of activity. If I had a quarter for every post from people looking for a building contractor, I could head to a casino […]

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Where to Invest in a Pole Barn

Posted by polebarnguru on 19/10/11 @ 8:00
Where to Invest in a Pole Barn

Is This Where You Want to Invest Your Hard Earned Dollars? This excerpt is from an online publication called “Insiders” who promotes to provide advice from local experts. It happens to be from a “Do-It-Best” in Northwest Oregon: “And if you’re still thinking of installing a pole barn, come in and see us. We have […]

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Volatile Organic Compound Ratios

Posted by polebarnguru on 19/10/08 @ 8:00
Volatile Organic Compound Ratios

Volatile Organic Compound Ratios Today’s guest blogger is Cheryl Barneski. Cheryl’s background is as an Owner Operator Long Haul Division of the Class 8 Industry. CDL END X or HazMat and Tanks. She is a Certified Hole Watch, Lock Out, Tag Out Safety Watch in Chemical Plants and is also Certified Entry Level I.S.O Meter […]

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Planning for a Post Frame Home

Posted by polebarnguru on 19/09/27 @ 8:00
Planning for a Post Frame Home

When it comes to planning for a new post frame home, shouse (shop/house) or barndominium, there are a myriad of questions and concerns to be answered and pondered. Or, at least I hope you are – rather than just stumbling in blindly! Reader NICK in NORTH CAROLINA writes: “Hi, I’m looking into options for building […]

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Yet Another Case for Engineered Buildings

Posted by polebarnguru on 19/09/19 @ 8:00
Yet Another Case for Engineered Buildings

Yet Another Case for Engineered Buildings (The six photos at https://www.hudsonvalley360.com/article/construction-resumes-following-barn-collapse are essential to this story) In case you are wondering why I rail so loudly about building permit agricultural exemptions for buildings, these photos (look at bases of columns) should quell any wonderment. https://www.hansenpolebuildings.com/2011/12/exempt-agricultural-buildings/ From a September 2, 2019 article by Amanda Purcell at […]

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Responsibilities Where the Legal Requirements Mandate

Posted by polebarnguru on 19/09/17 @ 8:00
Responsibilities Where the Legal Requirements Mandate

Responsibilities where the Legal Requirements Mandate a Registered Design Professional for Buildings (Section 2.3 of ANSI/TPI 1) MPC is Metal-Plate-Connected; RDP is Registered Design Professional (architect or engineer). “In preparation for specifying MPC wood trusses, every section of Chapter 2 and ANSI/TPI 1-2007 (NOTE: ANSI/TPI 1-2014 retains same language) standard should be carefully studied by […]

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Avoiding Mechanic’s Liens

Posted by polebarnguru on 19/08/22 @ 8:00
Avoiding Mechanic’s Liens

Avoiding Mechanic’s Liens From Post Frame Subcontractors and Suppliers When I owned my first post frame building kit package supply company – M & W Building Supply, I made an error early on and extended credit to post frame building contractors. It didn’t take me long of getting burned to realize it was essential for […]

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What Home Builders Use for Insulation

Posted by polebarnguru on 19/08/21 @ 8:00
What Home Builders Use for Insulation

With barndominiums, shouses (shop/houses) and post frame home building on a brisk upswing, a considering factor is how to insulate new homes. Becoming as close to (or reaching) net zero (https://www.hansenpolebuildings.com/2019/01/net-zero-post-frame-homes/) as possible should be a goal of any efficient post frame home design. Rather than me just blathering about what my opinions are, I […]

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Does an IRC Design Work for Most Residences?

Posted by polebarnguru on 19/08/13 @ 8:00
Does an IRC Design Work for Most Residences?

In my humble opinion (and in one word) – no. I have opined in past articles as to what Code is applicable to post frame (pole) building construction: https://www.hansenpolebuildings.com/2018/10/what-building-code-applies-to-post-frame-construction/. Recently Louisiana engineer Steve M. Sylvest (www.sylvestengineering.com ) sent an email to Structural Building Components Association addressing challenges with non-engineered structures, particularly residences. Again, I stand […]

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Post Frame Home Construction Financing

Posted by polebarnguru on 19/07/31 @ 8:00
Post Frame Home Construction Financing

Most people building their own post frame post frame home (barndominium or shouse included) need some amount of post frame home construction financing.  (shouse=shop+house) Some important things to keep in mind with construction loans: Obtaining one takes more time and financial investment than a conventional loan (loan on or against an existing building). Lenders require […]

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Borrowing for a D-I-Y Barndominium

Posted by polebarnguru on 19/07/26 @ 8:00
Borrowing for a D-I-Y Barndominium

Barndominiums, shouses and post frame homes all fit into a similar category to me. This category heading would be titled, “Living in a Post Frame Building”, although other construction types may be used, post frame is going to give most bang for your investment. What if you want to D-I-Y construct your own post frame […]

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Hiring an Engineer is Terrible Advice?

Posted by polebarnguru on 19/07/12 @ 8:00
Hiring an Engineer is Terrible Advice?

Registered Design Professionals and Building Officials please weigh in on this one. Is hiring an engineer terrible advice? In a Facebook ‘Barndominium Living’ discussion group this was posted: “Curious as to how many of you consulted an engineer before building (for concrete and steel framing) or simply went with your welder’s design?” First response, from […]

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Tornadoes Reek Havoc

Posted by polebarnguru on 19/06/28 @ 8:00
Tornadoes Reek Havoc

Tornadoes Reek Havoc, Don’t Let Them Wreck You Excerpts in italics below are from an article first appearing in SBC Magazine June 3, 2019: “In the past few weeks, weather systems throughout Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Indiana and Ohio have had a significant impact on the built environment. As is well known, tornadoes cause severe stress […]

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Storing Lumber for a New Pole Building

Posted by polebarnguru on 19/06/12 @ 8:00
Storing Lumber for a New Pole Building

Storing Lumber for Your New Post Frame Building Ideally, use lumber promptly. Otherwise store in a cool, dry location, avoiding direct sunlight and preferably indoors where humidity variations will be minimal. Dry lumber Unlike green lumber, keep kiln or air-dried lumber away from moisture, otherwise product may lose value added by careful seasoning. Dry lumber […]

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Monitor Barn Truss Challenge

Posted by polebarnguru on 19/06/04 @ 8:00
Monitor Barn Truss Challenge

When All Else Fails a Monitor Barn Truss Challenge. Monitor style buildings are a popular post frame building design (for background on monitor barns please read: https://www.hansenpolebuildings.com/building-styles/monitor-building-designs/). In most cases, design, ordering, delivery and construction of monitor buildings goes off without a hitch. On rare occasions a hitch glitch happens – so when all else […]

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Building Over a Basement, an OHD Modification, and Interior Photos?

This week the Pole Barn Guru answers questions about building over a basement, an OHD modification, and interior photos of one of our buildings? DEAR POLE BARN GURU: If I order a pole barn knowing that it will be built over a basement will the plans show how to install the floor or do I […]

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A Problem Good Structural Engineering Could Solve Part III

Posted by polebarnguru on 19/04/09 @ 8:00
A Problem Good Structural Engineering Could Solve Part III

Part III, the conclusion by Dr. David Bohnhoff, Phd., P.E., Professor Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Perhaps only people that engineer buildings understand and appreciate the true dangers and hence insanity of erecting (and then occupying) a structure of absolutely unknown strength.  To structural engineers involved in agricultural building design, NOT following the structural […]

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A Problem Good Structural Engineering Could Solve Part II

Posted by polebarnguru on 19/04/05 @ 8:00
A Problem Good Structural Engineering Could Solve Part II

Day 2 of a three part series by guest blogger Dr. David Bohnhoff, Phd. P.E., Professor Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. If you understand the information from yesterday’s blog, then you know that when someone tries to sell a farmer a building “designed to withstand a BALANCED snowload of XXX psf” that farmer should […]

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When Your Pole Barn Roof Grows

Posted by polebarnguru on 19/01/24 @ 8:00
When Your Pole Barn Roof Grows

When Your Roof Grows Today’s worthless trivia question: What one-hit wonder sang 1970’s popular song, “Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)”? Please read to this article end for the answer. While one’s love might grow, it proves less than ideal to have this occur when it comes to overall length of a post frame building […]

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Pouring Concrete Against Wall Steel

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/12/10 @ 7:00
Pouring Concrete Against Wall Steel

Reader CHRISTI in INOLA writes: “Is it standard practice to pour concrete above the base trim of the building? In the attached photos you can see the red chalk line where the concrete will come up to. Help! They are coming this week to pour.” Gentle inquirers, if you want a relatively quickly (or in […]

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Ask the Builder Shingle Warranties

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/10/26 @ 8:00
Ask the Builder Shingle Warranties

Ask The Builder Tim Carter just celebrated his 25th anniversary of his “Ask the Builder” syndicated newspaper column. When I began writing “Ask the Pole Barn Guru”, I was unaware of Tim and his column. To commemorate this event, Tim penned this article: http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2018/sep/29/ask-the-builder-reflections-on-25-years-writing-ab/. There are some highlights of Mr. Carter’s I totally agree with […]

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Planning Your Equestrian Riding Arena

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/09/25 @ 8:00
Planning Your Equestrian Riding Arena

Planning Your Equestrian Facility   Those of you loyal readers who actually read links in this article are going to see our daughter Bailey Momb’s name frequently. 2018 Tennessee Walking Horse Celebration made for me being a proud dad with Bailey riding to a World Grand Championship (link has results): https://twhnc.com/content/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/RESULTS-TUESDAY-EVENING-8-28-18.pdf.   Moving forward, reader […]

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A Sad Pole Barn Tale

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/08/30 @ 8:00
A Sad Pole Barn Tale

A Sad Pole Barn Tale I so like happy ending stories, however this sad pole barn tale doesn’t appear to have an immediate happy ending – although over  20 years some victims might see some or all of their hard earned money returned. I’ve previously written about this case, however it has grown exponentially since […]

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Secrets of a Pole Barn Salesman

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/08/28 @ 8:00
Secrets of a Pole Barn Salesman

Secrets of a Pole Barn Salesperson Back in 1980 I was a pole barn (post frame) building industry newbie. So new, I considered myself to be rather clueless. Then I was working for a now long defunct company, Mac Truss in McMinnville, Oregon. I’d pick the brains of anyone who was willing to listen to […]

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Why it is Essential to Supervise Professional Installers

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/07/06 @ 8:00
Why it is Essential to Supervise Professional Installers

Why It Is Essential to Supervise Professional Installers In an ideal dream world, one would be able to hire a professional installer and know the job would be done right, without the need for hands on supervision. RYAN in ELLENSBURG recently contracted out the roof steel installation of his new Hansen Pole Building kit package […]

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Fear of Concrete Slab Cracking at Post Corners

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/07/04 @ 8:02
Fear of Concrete Slab Cracking at Post Corners

Fear of Concrete Slab Cracking at Post Corners Nothing appears to add to the self-importance of a contractor more than instilling fear into the hearts and minds of their clients. If I had a dollar for every fear mongering story I have heard over the years, I would be a wealthy man! Hansen Pole Buildings’ […]

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Trump on Tariffs

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/05/30 @ 8:00
Trump on Tariffs

Trump’s Tariffs Driving Up Pole Building Costs (Includes information from an April 24, 2018 article at www.villages-news.com Florida by Marv Balousek) “Federal tariffs on steel and aluminum imposed several weeks ago by the Trump Administration already are having an impact in Wildwood. The tariffs were blamed Monday night for increasing the cost of a steel pole barn […]

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The Dual Splash Plank Dilemma

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/05/10 @ 8:00
The Dual Splash Plank Dilemma

The Dual Splash Plank Dilemma I’ve never been a fan of stacking splash planks. Even when they are center matched (think tongue and grooved) the two boards never seem to want to bend, twist, warp and/or cup the same direction leading to gaps. Gaps which lead to water getting through and spoiling an otherwise fun place […]

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Vetting Out a Building Contractor

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/04/05 @ 8:00
Vetting Out a Building Contractor

Do not let this happen to you… not vetting contractors Long time readers of this column have heard me preach this sermon repeatedly – do not let yourself be scammed by nefarious pole builders. From the Danville (New York) Evening Tribune (dated February 21, 2018): “A Dansville man was sentenced in Allegany County Court and […]

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Use and Occupancy Challenge Part II

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/03/28 @ 8:00
Use and Occupancy Challenge Part II

See yesterday’s blog for Part I. To continue the discussion on Use and Occupancy: Momentarily skipping a few chapters and going to Chapter 6 (because it would be too simple if the IBC was in order) the code book outlines different types of construction. Post frame buildings can fall under the following construction types: The […]

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The Use and Occupancy Use Challenge

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/03/27 @ 8:00
The Use and Occupancy Use Challenge

The Use and Occupancy Classification Challenge Part I Every building, regardless of how it is constructed has a Use and Occupancy Classification (sometimes more than one). In order to best enjoy this, you can play along at home by opening this free access link to the International Building Code (ICC): https://codes.iccsafe.org/public/document/IBC2015 Who Should Read This? […]

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Public Works Pole Barns, and Labor Costs

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/03/21 @ 8:00
Public Works Pole Barns, and Labor Costs

Public Works Pole Barns, and Labor Costs Many town/city jurisdictions in the United States have a Department of Public Works, which depending upon the individual municipality it may be responsible for a wide variety of activities including maintenance of streets and roads, maintenance and operation of drainage facilities, sewer collection lines, maintenance and operation of […]

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Why Property Owners Should Obtain Their Own Building Permit

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/03/01 @ 8:00
Why Property Owners Should Obtain Their Own Building Permit

Why Property Owners Should Obtain Their Own Permit Back in the day, when I was a post frame building contractor, we always required our clients to obtain their own buildings permit. It wasn’t due to us being lazy, it was because if the building needed to be relocated on the site, or the permit office […]

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Builders Who Make No Upgrades in Twenty-Five Years

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/01/25 @ 8:00
Builders Who Make No Upgrades in Twenty-Five Years

Builders Who Make No Upgrades in Twenty-Five Years. Why? We’ve Been Building This Way for 25 Years In the event you happen to hear this from a pole builder – run away from them as quickly as possible. Why? Because every three years there is a new version of the Building Codes and often those […]

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Don’t Hire a Contractor Unless You Are Willing to Take a Risk

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/01/04 @ 8:00
Don’t Hire a Contractor Unless You Are Willing to Take a Risk

From The Dalles (Oregon) Chronicle December 26, 2017: “A theft report was filed Wednesday morning concerning a theft by deception when a woman reported she paid a contractor $30,000 to build a pole barn on her property by the end of October and no work has been completed.” Most people assume when they hire a […]

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How to Avoid Being Bilked by an Unscrupulous Contractor

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/01/02 @ 8:00
How to Avoid Being Bilked by an Unscrupulous Contractor

Other than being pennywise and pound foolish there is absolutely no reason for those who are hiring a contractor to get bilked should the person they hire be unscrupulous. Here is a story from www.mlive.com by Cole Waterman which makes me cringe: “SAGINAW, MI — A Linwood contractor and his wife are charged with a combined […]

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Why Post Frame Construction is So Efficient vs. Stick-Built

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/12/29 @ 8:00
Why Post Frame Construction is So Efficient vs. Stick-Built

I recently had this comment from a client, “In normal construction projects I would order at least 5% overage and it looks like closer to 1% here, I have like 20 extra screws total, a foot of extra eave trim, two whole extra pieces of vinyl soffit.” Obviously this client didn’t grow up being the cutoff […]

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The Contractor Factor! When Plans Go Awry!

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/11/30 @ 8:00
The Contractor Factor! When Plans Go Awry!

The Contractor Factor I hear too many stories where well-intentioned folks hire a contractor to erect a pole barn (post frame building) and end up with less than they bargained for. This is avoidable, with an ounce of prevention. Reader DONNA in REMSEN writes: “I had a pole barn put up in Sept this year, […]

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Don’t Be An Engineering Fool

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/11/17 @ 8:00
Don’t Be An Engineering Fool

Don’t Be an Engineering Fool Proverb: “A man who is his own lawyer has a fool for his client”. I would paraphrase this to, “A man who is his own engineer has a fool for a client”. Donald Hamm is running for re-election to the Franklin (New York) town board. In a November 2, 2017 […]

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Spokane? Roof Steel Starts? and Winging It!

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/08/28 @ 8:00
Spokane? Roof Steel Starts? and Winging It!

DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Your from Spokane area? Can one construct a custom pole building as home Spokane county? Would you have any references of builders in my area to consider? TERRY in MEAD DEAR TERRY: Yes, I was born and raised in Spokane – still have a plethora of family members there (as well […]

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So You Want to Become a Post Frame Building Installer?

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/08/10 @ 8:00
So You Want to Become a Post Frame Building Installer?
So You Want to Become a Post Frame Building Installer? I’ve dealt with a broad variety of post frame building installers over the years. Just like our clients, they come in all shapes and sizes, as well as all levels of price and quality. One of the better pole builders I have encountered was a […] Read More

Miracle Truss Concerns

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/08/03 @ 9:00
Miracle Truss Concerns

One of the great things about being the Pole Barn Guru is helping people who have construction challenges of all sorts – even those who do not have post frame buildings. Here is a recent one: Hi Pole Barn Guru, and thanks for your informative website and blog. I’m using email rather than the website […]

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When Columns Get Put in the Wrong Place

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/07/11 @ 8:00
When Columns Get Put in the Wrong Place

This is construction, things happen. The true mark of how any particular project goes is not everything going perfectly without a hitch, it is the ability to solve challenges when they arise. The scenario below is one which I have never had a DIY person do (shout out to all of you who are putting […]

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Purlin Questions for the Engineering Department: Building Disaster Part IV

Purlin Questions for the Engineering Department For those readers just joining us, go back to Tuesday through Friday’s blogs to catch up to the following story… Our client (after discussing possible corrections with one or more builders) poses this: “I have two questions I’d like to ask of the engineering dept. 1.) Is there an […]

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The Straight and Narrow of Fascia: Hansen Building Disaster Part III

The Straight and Narrow of Fascia:  Building Disaster Part III Look at the board on the far right. The one which resembles the coastline of New Jersey. It is what is known as a fascia board and it is pretty important it be straight. Why? Because not only do vinyl soffit panels attach to the underside […]

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There ARE some truly excellent builders: Hansen Building Disaster Part II

There ARE some truly excellent builders… This just isn’t one of them. In our last episode, the ‘builder’ had botched the shearwalls. A minor issue compared to what comes next. This building was designed to have enclosed overhangs on all four sides.  On the endwalls the roof purlins project over the top of the end […]

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Sometimes There Are Just Not Words: Hansen Building Disaster

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/06/27 @ 8:00
Sometimes There Are Just Not Words: Hansen Building Disaster

Sometimes There Are Just Not Words to Express…  Building Disaster How horrifically a build can be botched.   In a scene from 2013’s box office flop The Lone Ranger – Tonto (played by Johnny Depp) and the Lone Ranger (played by Armie Hammer) the heroes get themselves buried in the sand up to their necks. […]

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Screwed Up! A Poor Installation.

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/06/23 @ 8:00
Screwed Up! A Poor Installation.

The photo you are witnessing happens to be an example of a poor installation job done by a “professional” builder. I use the term professional here in quotes, because anyone who is being paid a sum of money (or perhaps receiving a horse in trade) in exchange for providing a service could be deemed as […]

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Why We Do Not Recommend Any Builders

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/06/14 @ 8:00
Why We Do Not Recommend Any Builders

Hansen Pole Buildings receives numerous requests every day from potential new post frame building owners, who are looking for a builder (in my terms technician) who can assemble their building kit. I am going to do both of us a favor and explain why we do not recommend any builders. Hansen Pole Buildings is a […]

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Ladder Safety

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/03/09 @ 8:00
Ladder Safety

Helping you to NOT be like this guy on a ladder… As my father died from a construction fall, I am always a bit sensitive towards safety on jobsites when it comes to possible falls. While Hansen Pole Buildings does not construct anything, we want all of our clients, or their contractors, to live to […]

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Find Me a Contractor to Erect My Building!

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/02/28 @ 8:00
Find Me a Contractor to Erect My Building!
Fewer and fewer of our clients seem to have the inclination to erect their own post frame building kits. Here is one and my response ended up being quite lengthy. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Do you have about 3 names of companies/contractors that can erect my 40x40x14 hanger kit, once I buy it from you […] Read More

Why Not Use T Girts?

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/02/21 @ 8:00
Why Not Use T Girts?

Last August one of our clients in Colorado invested in a new Hansen Pole Buildings Monitor style building. One of the features of the building was for it to be drywall ready. The typical method we use for this is what we refer to as “commercial” girts – basically they are bookshelf style girts, set […]

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Book Shelving? Ceiling Insulation

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/02/06 @ 8:00
Book Shelving? Ceiling Insulation

DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Do you have to set laminated pole so you see the 1.5 side of the 2×6’s while looking in or out of the building? I was thinking of using 4ply 2×6 post 10′ out of the ground every 8′ while book shelving with 2×6’s in between posts. I thought it would […]

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A Serious Case of Roof Steel Leaks

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/01/26 @ 8:00
A Serious Case of Roof Steel Leaks

This is one of those “Dear Pole Barn Guru” letters which I feel bad for the client in having to answer. The client has paid good money to have his new post frame building constructed, only to have installer challenges render the end result as far less than ideal. For your reading pleasure: DEAR POLE […]

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Inflation

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/01/19 @ 8:00
Inflation

Inflation in the marketplace. In 1991 my younger brother Mark and I ventured out into what for us was a brave new world – we were going to be post frame (pole) building contractors. Having spent the decade of the 1980’s selling post frame building kit packages, we had over 6000 buildings of experience behind […]

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Calling for the Wall Steel Stretcher

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/01/05 @ 8:00
Calling for the Wall Steel Stretcher

Calling For The Wall Steel Stretcher In our last episode, the dilemma of how to get a smooth roof plane was solved, to the apparent joy of all involved. However up cropped a new challenge, contributed to by us however pretty much on the builder and this is why. You may recall the eave height […]

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When the Truss People Do the Dog

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/01/04 @ 8:00
When the Truss People Do the Dog

Yes, it happens. My long time readers will recall I owned two prefabricated light gauge metal plate connected wood truss plants in a not too distant past. And yes – this may come as a surprise – truss people are not perfect. In this particular case, we had set out what we needed explicitly as […]

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Sharing the Pole Barn Blame

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/01/03 @ 10:30
Sharing the Pole Barn Blame

Sharing the Blame Welcome to 2017! As you may recall, 2016 ended with me sharing an email from a builder who is constructing a new Hansen Pole Building and may possibly be a legend in his own mind. Our company policy, when a challenge arrives, has always been to begin by looking to see what, […]

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Builder Shaming

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/12/30 @ 8:00
Builder Shaming

The Builder Knows More Than We do…. After Hansen 18k Plus Buildings Very few things in life frighten me. Among them are heights (growing up in a family of framing contractors and having vertigo issues were not a good mix) and builders who tell me, “I can build anything”. This last one usually sets off […]

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Pole Building Poor Workmanship

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/12/21 @ 8:00
Pole Building Poor Workmanship

They Say a Picture is Worth a Thousand Words There are not a thousand words invented to describe the true awfulness of this building. To my loyal readers, I know I have occasionally ranked on pole building poor workmanship done by builders, however this one may very well rate close to the top of the […]

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New in the Hammer World

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/12/20 @ 8:00
New in the Hammer World

New in the Hammering World     Estwing AL-Pro When the latest and greatest comes around, I try to be on top of providing information to my valued readers, many of whom have become trusted friends. Here is a new one for your reading enjoyment! Best known for its single-piece steel hammers Estwing is about to […]

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When Buildings Fall Down

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/12/16 @ 8:00
When Buildings Fall Down

When Buildings Fall Down, People Can Die It was a busy Friday morning in downtown Sioux Falls, South Dakota on December 2nd of this year. About 10:30 a.m. near the corner of East 10th Street and South Phillips Avenue, Boyd McPeek was inside the Coffea coffee shop, when the 1916 building across the street collapsed. […]

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What Does It Mean When a Pole Building is ‘Engineer-Sealed’?

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/10/26 @ 8:16
What Does It Mean When a Pole Building is ‘Engineer-Sealed’?

If you’ve been shopping around for a pole building kit, you may have heard the phrase ‘engineer-sealed’ and wondered what it meant—and whether it matters for your planned building. ‘Engineer-sealed’ simply means that a licensed engineer has reviewed a set of building plans and put their stamp of approval on it. Engineer-sealed plans are also […]

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Not a building Under Construction

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/10/14 @ 8:00
Not a building Under Construction

No This is NOT a Building Under Construction Here is the story from the building owner….. “When we pulled up here, about a quarter to 12 last night, is when I noticed I could see some insulation and then I got out and took a walk around and that’s when I saw that we had […]

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Do it Best

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/09/20 @ 8:00
Do it Best

Do it Best® I get a lot of people asking some great questions of the Pole Barn Guru. Some of which take some lengthy answers, in order to adequately make the point. Here is one which involves the thought of doing business through a Do it Best® store would add a level of security. For […]

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Just Say No!

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/08/26 @ 9:30
Just Say No!

You Want It When? A week from Tuesday is going to find a life milestone has been passed – it will be after Labor Day. Or as we know it in the pole barn industry, the Panic Point. When I was a post frame (pole) building contractor in the 1990’s based in Northeast Washington state, […]

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Just Another Reason to Love Builders

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/08/23 @ 8:00
Just Another Reason to Love Builders

Please keep in mind, I was a post frame (pole) building contractor in a past life. With as many as 35 crews erecting buildings in six states – if something could possibly go awry, one of my crews would find a way to achieve it! Seriously. Some of them were creative in methods which I […]

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An Engineer Didn’t Design This Building

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/08/19 @ 8:00
An Engineer Didn’t Design This Building

If an Engineer Didn’t Structurally Design This Building, Then Who Did? Many of you have been reading the ongoing and sad saga of Jimmy’s building…..here is the next installment: Jimmy: “You should go buy a lottery ticket, I asked the builder, he told me only on industrial buildings do they use engineering plans. There is […]

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Pole Barn Gone Awry with Building Contractor

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/08/12 @ 8:00
Pole Barn Gone Awry with Building Contractor

When things appear to be going from bad to worse The original question was posed by the reader, Jimmy, as to the adequacy of materials supplied to construct his new pole barn (by a builder, not a Hansen Pole Building). His story first appeared in my column just a few days ago. Here is Round […]

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When Everything Doesn’t Go Perfect Part II

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/08/11 @ 8:00
When Everything Doesn’t Go Perfect Part II

When Everything Doesn’t Go Perfect (and the sky falls) Part II To refresh your memory a bit, we had a client recently email us a letter outlining some of his challenge in getting his building project going. Read yesterday’s blog for Part I of this client’s challenges with his building project. Nothing but problems seemingly […]

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When Everything Doesn’t Go Perfect Part I

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/08/10 @ 8:00
When Everything Doesn’t Go Perfect Part I

When Everything Doesn’t Go Perfect (and the sky falls) The key to any successful construction project is not necessarily how everything went perfect, but instead it is how the things which did not go perfect were resolved. When one considers the average post frame building kit package materials have been touched by in excess of […]

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When It’s Built Wrong – Construction Mistakes

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/03/09 @ 8:00
When It’s Built Wrong – Construction Mistakes

Now me, I look at the photo and think to myself, “This just doesn’t look very good”. Well it isn’t. Our re-involvement with this client began recently when he contacted Justine, Hansen Pole Buildings’ Mistress of Materials. Here was her report: “This client got a building ten years ago and his builders muffed up.  Apparently […]

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When I Don’t Follow My Own Advice – Part IV

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/03/04 @ 8:00
When I Don’t Follow My Own Advice – Part IV

If you missed the start of this blog on hiring a contractor please read this four part series on finding a contractor and following my own advice starting with Part I below: https://www.hansenpolebuildings.com/2016/02/when-i-dont-follow-my-own-advice-part-i/ Friday January 15 Bryan 6:31 AM Major white out.. the cars in thr ditches. Love you two. See yah Mon. Morn Bryan 6:57 […]

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When I Don’t Follow My Own Advice – Part III

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/03/03 @ 8:00
When I Don’t Follow My Own Advice – Part III

If you missed the start of this blog on hiring a contractor please read this four part series on finding a contractor and following my own advice starting with Part I below: https://www.hansenpolebuildings.com/2016/02/when-i-dont-follow-my-own-advice-part-i/ Tuesday January 12 Bryan 6:32 AM I will get dwn as fast as I can. I gotta stop by where my truck is […]

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When I Don’t Follow My Own Advice – Part II

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/03/02 @ 8:00
When I Don’t Follow My Own Advice – Part II

If you missed yesterdays blog please read this four part series on finding a contractor and following my own advice. https://www.hansenpolebuildings.com/2016/02/when-i-dont-follow-my-own-advice-part-i/ Thursday January 7 Bryan 6:17 PM You all get hit with the snow? Im bringing a rental trailer dwn with my saws and tools Me 6:55 PM About ½” last night is all Bryan […]

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When I Don’t Follow My Own Advice – Part I

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/03/01 @ 8:00
When I Don’t Follow My Own Advice – Part I

Considering hiring a contractor to provide materials and labor for your new pole building? Or maybe you are one of the smart ones and are going to purchase a pole building kit package and hire a builder to assemble some or all of it for you. Here has been my advice to readers: https://www.hansenpolebuildings.com/2013/07/contractor-6/ Long […]

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The Things One Finds on Craigslist

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/11/10 @ 8:00
The Things One Finds on Craigslist

“Wanted – Pole Barn Builder, Carpenter, and skilled handyman to help me rebuild this 20+ year old pole barn that was recently taken down. It is 65′ x 100′. I need to lay it out, put in the holes, pour the concrete pole piers, and erect all the superstructure (including 65′ wide trusses), and the […]

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Gold Key of Excellence Award

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/05/20 @ 1:00
Gold Key of Excellence Award

Rural Builder magazine has sponsored the Gold Key of Excellence Award for 33 years. This award relies upon a ballot process which allows builders in the rural industry to vote for the companies which provide the best products and services time and time again. The balloting process begins in late February each year, with the […]

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A Worthy Builder

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/05/13 @ 8:00
A Worthy Builder

A Worthy Installer I deal directly with very few clients as a Building Designer – just enough to be able to make sure things are flowing through our system as I expect they will. I’ve truly been enjoying my recent interactions with a client who took the time to really share with me what his […]

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