Category Archives: Building Drainage

The Case of the Frost Heave and a Pole Barn Porch

Posted by polebarnguru on 19/04/02 @ 8:00
The Case of the Frost Heave and a Pole Barn Porch

Allow me to preface this post about a frost heaved porch with a reference to Sherlock Holmes. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Holmes and Watson solved fictional criminal dilemmas with deductive reasoning. In my cases, nearly 40 years of experience (plus knowing and relying upon input from many brilliant engineers) allows me to recommend solutions with […]

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Building Instructions, Gutters and Spouts, and Crinkle!

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/11/20 @ 8:00
Building Instructions, Gutters and Spouts, and Crinkle!

DEAR POLE BARN GURU: I love your site and have used your detailed instructions to start my pole building. I wish I had found your site before I started.  I was wondering if you sell partial pole building kits? I have been going back and forth to the lumber store several times a week and […]

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Pole Design Home Plans, Custom Sizing, and Proper Site Prep!

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/07/03 @ 8:00
Pole Design Home Plans, Custom Sizing, and Proper Site Prep!

DEAR POLE BARN GURU: I have home plans for a stick build but, am interested in the savings of a Pole Home. I was wondering if you can help me incorporate our design into a pole design. Thanks ROGER DEAR ROGER: In a word – YES. Keep in mind, what we do is the structural […]

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Where is Grade?

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/05/12 @ 8:00
Where is Grade?

Grade is at… ANSI/ASABE S618 Post Frame Building System Nomenclature has the definition of grade as, “10.1 Grade line (grade level): The line of intersection between the building exterior and the finished ground surface and/or top of the pavement in contact with the building exterior”. On Hansen Pole Buildings’ Engineered Building Plans, grade is denoted […]

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Concrete Considerations from the PBG!

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/01/23 @ 8:00
Concrete Considerations from the PBG!

DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Is concrete included in price? TRACEY in SUMTER DEAR TRACEY: No, we do not include concrete in the price and here is why: Most familiar, as well as most available is the Sakrete® general purpose High Strength Concrete Mix. When mixed per the manufacturer’s instructions, this mix affords a compressive strength of […]

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The Right Size, Connection, and Foundation!

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/12/19 @ 8:00
The Right Size, Connection, and Foundation!

DEAR POLE BARN GURU: I am considering using pole barn construction to add on to an existing metal building I have I also already have a 24×34 foundation were I want to put the add on. This will be a residential building. Would you recommend using drill in slab brackets to connect the post to […]

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Sloping Concrete Floors

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/12/07 @ 8:00
Sloping Concrete Floors

Another great and well thought out question, which is best answered at length. Dear Pole Barn Guru: The construction manual states that concrete slab floors should be poured so there is 3-3/4” of skirt board left exposed above the slab. What do you do if you want or need to have a typical slab slope toward […]

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Determining the Most Effective Building Weather Resistant Barrier – Part III

Welcome to part three of our three part series on determining the most effective building weather resistant barriers. Let’s take a look at the best weather resistant barrier choices: BETTER CHOICES While the textured housewraps listed above do a good job of keeping water off the sheathing and from entering the house, if you want more […]

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Determining the Most Effective Building Weather Resistant Barrier – Part II

Welcome to part two of our three part series on determining the most effective building weather resistant barriers. Let’s take a look at a few weather resistant barrier choices: WHAT NOT TO USE Don’t skimp on the weather resistant barrier “WRB”—either the product you use or the care you take to install it. Any WRB […]

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Determining the Most Effective Building Weather Resistant Barrier – Part I

How to Determine the Most Effective Weather Resistant Barrier for a Building With more and more post frame (pole) buildings being used for residences, offices and other conditioned buildings – weather barriers (think Housewraps) have become a hot topic. Matt Risinger wrote the article below for the Journal of Light Construction, and whilst it is […]

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Rock Base

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/11/30 @ 8:00
Rock Base

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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What Building Wrap Isn’t

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/11/04 @ 8:00
What Building Wrap Isn’t

It didn’t take me long to figure out a building is basically just a structural framework with control layers. Yeah, there’s also electrical, plumbing, mechanical systems, and finishes, but the heart of a building is the stuff which holds it up and which moderates the flows of heat, air, and moisture between in and out. […]

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Dear Guru: Should I Add Closures?

Posted by polebarnguru on 14/05/17 @ 8:00
Dear Guru: Should I Add Closures?

New!  The Pole Barn Guru’s mailbox is overflowing with questions.  Due to high demand, he is answering questions on Saturdays as well as Mondays. 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 […]

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Dear Pole Barn Guru: What is the Best Pole Building Drainage?

Posted by polebarnguru on 14/03/17 @ 8:00
Dear Pole Barn Guru: What is the Best Pole Building Drainage?

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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Tips for Locating a Backyard Pole Building

Posted by polebarnguru on 14/02/12 @ 8:00
Tips for Locating a Backyard Pole Building

Whether the backyard is large, or small, it often ends up being the target landing zone for the pole building which needs a place to be. Usually, those with large lots are at an advantage, unless huge setbacks, weird easements, or strange zoning laws mess up ideas, before they can be brought to fruition. Before […]

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Decks for Pole Buildings

Posted by polebarnguru on 13/11/13 @ 8:00
Decks for Pole Buildings

Decked Out Pole Buildings A fair number of post frame buildings end up with decks attached to them. We’ve designed some unique ones over the years, including a building which had a ten foot cantilevered deck across the entire end of a 36 foot wide building. My own pole building at home, has a five […]

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Dear Pole Barn Guru: Snow Melt Drainage

Posted by polebarnguru on 13/04/01 @ 8:00
Dear Pole Barn Guru: Snow Melt Drainage

Welcome to our newest feature: 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 blog. Email all questions to: PoleBarnGuru@HansenPoleBuildings.com DEAR POLE BARN GURU:  I have […]

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Moby Dick Was Not the Great White Swale

Posted by polebarnguru on 13/01/28 @ 8:00
Moby Dick Was Not the Great White Swale

Call me Ishmael. Some years ago—never mind how long precisely—having little or no money in my purse, and nothing particular to interest me on shore, I thought I would sail about a little and see the watery part of the world. It is a way I have of driving off the spleen and regulating the […]

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