Category Archives: Concrete

One Pour Pole Barn Post Installation

Posted by polebarnguru on 19/07/17 @ 8:00
One Pour Pole Barn Post Installation

Reader AARON from CARTHAGE writes: “Curious to see your thoughts on the Pro-footer one pour bracket. Would attaching these brackets to the post compromise the pressure treating leading to a chance of rot? I’ve seen their footer cages and their uplift brackets but these seem to be a better choice provided they don’t compromise the […]

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Stilt Post Frame on Permafrost

Posted by polebarnguru on 19/05/24 @ 8:00
Stilt Post Frame on Permafrost

I have written previously about post frame design involving concrete slabs on grade in areas of permafrost: https://www.hansenpolebuildings.com/2018/04/post-frame-permafrost/. Today we will venture into a land where “stilts” are a design solution. Permafrost is loosely defined as soil and/or rock remaining frozen for more than two years. Big trees do not guarantee an absence of permafrost; […]

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Self-Designed Pole Buildings

Posted by polebarnguru on 19/05/17 @ 8:00
Self-Designed Pole Buildings

Spring, When a Young Man’s Heart Turns to Self-Designing Pole Buildings For some obscure reason a plethora of otherwise intelligent people have an idea. This idea being they can structurally design a building to be adequate to resist applied climactic loads, without any actually engineering background. Given an under designed building can lead to failure, […]

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Pre-Drilling, Housewrap, and Concrete Footings

Posted by polebarnguru on 19/05/13 @ 8:00
Pre-Drilling, Housewrap, and Concrete Footings

Today the Pole Barn Guru answers reader questions about pre-drilling steel panels, the proper use of house-wrap and weather resistant barriers, as well as concern for the effectiveness or fresh concretes ability to withstand compression. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: What size hole should I predrill in panels for the #12 diaphragm screws? Thanks! JOSEPH in […]

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Sturdi-Wall Plus Concrete Brackets

Posted by polebarnguru on 19/05/08 @ 8:00
Sturdi-Wall Plus Concrete Brackets

Sturdi-Wall Plus Concrete Brackets Long time readers will recall a previous article regarding Sturdi-Wall Plus concrete brackets: https://www.hansenpolebuildings.com/2012/09/concrete-brackets-2/ Sturdi-Wall Plus brackets are a heavy-duty engineered anchoring system for attaching wood columns to concrete foundations and are generally used in post-frame buildings but have other applications as well. These brackets are made with ¼ “steel plate […]

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PEX-AL-PEX Tubing for Post Frame Concrete Slabs

Posted by polebarnguru on 19/05/03 @ 8:00
PEX-AL-PEX Tubing for Post Frame Concrete Slabs

PEX-AL-PEX Tubing For Post Frame Concrete Slabs Long time readers will recall my prior article on PEX tubing for post frame concrete slabs: https://www.hansenpolebuildings.com/2016/08/pex-tubing/. I caught up with my friend Les Graham of Radiant Outfitters at the recent NFBA (National Frame Building Association) Expo in Louisville, who I volunteered to do a nice video in […]

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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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How to Wire a Winch, Floor Vapor Barrier, and Floor Sealant

Posted by polebarnguru on 19/04/01 @ 8:00
How to Wire a Winch, Floor Vapor Barrier, and Floor Sealant

Today the Pole Barn Guru assists reader with wiring a winch, vapor barriers for a floor, and floor sealant. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Do you know how to wire ATV warn winch to make electric winch boxes? MAX in SPOKANE DEAR MAX: Thanks to magical miracles of internet and Google here is where you can […]

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Slab on Grade or Crawl Space?

Posted by polebarnguru on 19/03/29 @ 8:00
Slab on Grade or Crawl Space?

Slab on Grade or Crawlspace? Long-time readers of this column recall seeing a profuse number of articles written in regards to crawl spaces. These articles have been on a gradual increase since this first one six years ago: https://www.hansenpolebuildings.com/2013/03/crawl-space/. With residential post frame construction becoming rapidly more popular as more people discover this system’s benefits, […]

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Participating in Rick’s Post Frame Cabin Planning

Posted by polebarnguru on 19/03/26 @ 8:01
Participating in Rick’s Post Frame Cabin Planning

Participating in Rick’s Post Frame Cabin Planning Happy readers have been following Hansen Pole Buildings’ Designer Rick’s journey towards constructing a new cabin. Rick has graciously asked me to jump in with sage advice (yep, Rick and I are both old guys), as well as answering some questions he has posed. Rick mentions using a […]

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Pole Barn Cabin Part II

Posted by polebarnguru on 19/03/22 @ 8:00
Pole Barn Cabin Part II

Today’s blog is a continuation from yesterday….Rick Carr, Senior Building Designer for Hansen Buildings shares his thoughts on planning his new pole barn cabin. From JA Hansen, co-owner of Hansen Buildings….Thanks Rick! Next I dealt with the crawl space: After deciding that I want to do a crawl space, several design issues arise and decisions […]

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More Condensation Fun

Posted by polebarnguru on 19/03/13 @ 8:00
More Condensation Fun

Long time readers should be thoroughly drenched with solutions to condensation issues by now. As post frame construction has moved off farms and into suburbia, climate control has brought with it a plethora of condensation challenges. Reader KRYSTA in SPOKANE writes: “Hello!  I have a pre-existing pole building that I am having a ton of […]

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Electrical Planning, Moisture Issues, and Ceiling Barriers

Posted by polebarnguru on 19/02/25 @ 8:00
Electrical Planning, Moisture Issues, and Ceiling Barriers

Today the Pole Barn Guru fields questions on electrical planning, moisture issues, and ceiling barriers. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Good Morning/Evening:     I currently have a 36′ wide x 48′ long with 12′ tall ceiling pole barn that I would like wire for lights and outlets.   I intend to run main power from the street pole […]

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Minimizing Excavation in Post Frame Buildings Part II

Posted by polebarnguru on 19/02/14 @ 8:00
Minimizing Excavation in Post Frame Buildings Part II

Minimizing Excavation In Combination With Post-Frame Frost Protected Shallow Foundations Part II In our last thrilling episode Snidely Whiplash had tied our fair damsel in distress, Nell Fenwick, to railroad tracks. Oops – railroad engineers are not what most of you were expecting! Continuing with a simplified solution response to reader DAVID’s ideas regarding site […]

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Minimizing Excavation in Post Frame Buildings

Posted by polebarnguru on 19/02/13 @ 8:00
Minimizing Excavation in Post Frame Buildings

Minimizing Excavation In Combination With Post-Frame Frost Protected Shallow Foundations Regular readers of this column recognize a groundswell movement towards energy efficient post frame building design. Reader (and Mechanical Engineer) DAVID in CONNECTICUT had some thoughts (after reading a volume of my article pages) in regards to FPSF (Frost Protected Shallow Foundations) and radiant in […]

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How to Properly Apply Post Frame Concrete Sealant

Posted by polebarnguru on 19/02/06 @ 8:00
How to Properly Apply Post Frame Concrete Sealant

How to Properly Apply Post Frame Building Concrete Sealant Condensation in post frame buildings can be problematic. In order to reduce condensation probabilities, minimizing water vapor sources proves to be paramount. Concrete slabs, especially if no vapor barrier was placed beneath them, are a prime source of water vapor. Proper application of sealant can greatly […]

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Cement Versus Concrete

Posted by polebarnguru on 19/01/17 @ 8:00
Cement Versus Concrete

Cement versus Concrete Scraping a chalkboard (also known as a blackboard) with fingernails produces a sound and feeling most people find extremely irritating. Basis of this innate reaction to sound has been studied in the field of psychoacoustics (branch of psychology concerned with perception of sound and its physiological effects). In response to audio stimuli, […]

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Concrete Apron Around a Pole Barn

Posted by polebarnguru on 19/01/16 @ 8:00
Concrete Apron Around a Pole Barn

Concrete Apron Around A Pole Barn My lovely bride and I live in a post frame (pole barn) home along South Dakota’s Lake Traverse. Long time loyal readers of this column have seen photos of it more than once. For those who have missed out, our home was featured on NFBA’s (National Frame Building Association) […]

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Reader Put Up a Competitor’s Shed

Posted by polebarnguru on 19/01/15 @ 8:00
Reader Put Up a Competitor’s Shed

We Put Up a Competitor’s Shed Sadly not everyone does adequate research to realize how outstanding of a value added a Hansen Pole Buildings’ post frame building kit package truly will be. Long time readers of these blog articles (nearly 1600) and questions answered in Monday’s “Ask the Pole Barn Guru™” column (around 1000) have […]

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Some Pole Barns Deserve a Proper Burial

Posted by polebarnguru on 19/01/11 @ 8:00
Some Pole Barns Deserve a Proper Burial

Some Pole Barns Deserve a Proper Burial Reader STEPHAN in OGDENSBURG writes: “Dear Pole Barn Guru, I have a 30ish year old 32 by 54 feet horse pole barn where half the poles heaved some for more than 1 foot over the years. I need to fix it this year because I am afraid that […]

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Eave Lights, Building Plans, and Foundations

Posted by polebarnguru on 19/01/07 @ 8:00
Eave Lights, Building Plans, and Foundations

Today Mike answers questions about eave lights, drawing building plans, and foundation plans. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: How to I attach the poly eave lights to the building frame? RUSSELL in BOISE DEAR RUSSELL: Polycarbonate panels are best predrilled for screw fasteners using a 3/8” bit. Screw pattern for eave lights is same as for […]

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A Steel Ceiling, Wall Finishes, and Condensation

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/12/24 @ 8:00
A Steel Ceiling, Wall Finishes, and Condensation

Today Mike addresses questions about steel ceilings, options for wall finishes, and condensation in added space. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: I have a 40ft wide x 60ft long x 12ft high pole barn. The trusses are 4ft on center. I want to put a steel ceiling up and wanted to know the best size piece […]

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Pole Building Columns Without Ups or Downs

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/12/14 @ 8:00
Pole Building Columns Without Ups or Downs

Post Frame Columns Without Ups or Downs Once post frame building columns are placed into those holes in ground, there needs to be (or sure should be) a solid plan to keep them from being sucked out of ground, or sinking down into it. FEATURE: Pre-mix concrete bottom collars attached to columns with pounded in […]

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Uplift Plate

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/12/12 @ 8:00
Uplift Plate

Uplift Plate™ I realize I got you readers happily involved in reading a series of articles however I need to break it up slightly. In delivering “The Ultimate Post Frame Building Experience”™ Hansen Pole Buildings perpetually searches for new materials and methods to maintain our post frame kit packages as best possible value for your […]

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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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A Red Barn, Traditional Footings Not Needed, and Added Lighting

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/12/03 @ 8:00
A Red Barn, Traditional Footings Not Needed, and Added Lighting

The Pole Barn Guru answers questions about a traditional red barn, footings, and additional lighting to outside of building.   DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Hello, We are looking to have a barn built by the Amish community, but are having trouble finding someone to contact. I see on your website you have had several things […]

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Importance of Constrained Posts

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/11/28 @ 8:01
Importance of Constrained Posts

Importance of Constrained Posts In structural design of post frame (pole) buildings, an ability to transfer wind shear loads from roof to endwalls to ground becomes a key to cost effective design success. When sidewall columns are in a properly constrained condition (usually by attachment to a concrete slab-on-grade) shear forces are reduced by 25%. […]

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Siloxa-Tek 8505 Concrete Sealant

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/11/27 @ 8:00
Siloxa-Tek 8505 Concrete Sealant

Siloxa-Tek 8505 Concrete Sealant Recently I received a question from a reader who was having condensation issues in his post frame (pole) building. Amongst my suggestions was using a concrete floor sealant, if there was not a well-sealed vapor barrier underneath the slab. Following this conversation, my reader did his research and determined a silane […]

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A Residential Pole Barn, Missing Lumber, and Building on Existing Slab

Today the Pole Barn Guru answers questions about plans for a residential pole barn, lumber going missing, and to building an existing slab. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Hello, I’m looking to build a residential pole barn. I would need enough space for 3 bedroom 2 bath. How big of a pole barn would I need? […]

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Installing Insulation, Properly Treated Posts, and a Slab Solution

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/11/12 @ 8:00
Installing Insulation, Properly Treated Posts, and a Slab Solution

The Pole Barn Guru helps with installing insulation in wet seasons, properly treated posts, as well as a solution to embedded posts when bedrock is present. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Hello. I am ready to install the insulation and metal on our pole building’s roof. I remember reading how it is important to install the […]

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Foundations

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/11/09 @ 8:00
Foundations

Foundations – Post Frame Keeps It Simple Post frame (pole building) construction affords a plethora of savings for a new building owner, chief amongst these are foundation simplicity. I’ve previously expounded upon foundation savings in post frame construction as compared to stick frame buildings: https://www.hansenpolebuildings.com/2011/10/buildings-why-not-stick-frame-construction/. Today I will add some graphics to reinforce (pun intended) […]

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Pole Barn Moisture Issues

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/10/24 @ 8:00
Pole Barn Moisture Issues

Moisture from condensation can be a major issue in initially poorly thought out pole barns. Reader MATT in SHAKOPEE writes: “Hi. I am having issues with moisture in my pole barn. It is getting to the point that mold is starting to show up on the walls and cement floor. The barn is about 28 […]

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Avoiding Condensation When Insulating an Existing Pole Barn

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/10/18 @ 8:00
Avoiding Condensation When Insulating an Existing Pole Barn

Avoiding Condensation When Insulating Existing Pole Barn The last thing people want to have to deal with would be condensation dripping in their pole barn. When an originally unheated cold storage building becomes repurposed to be climate controlled, possible condensation poses some new challenges. If you are reading this article and plans are to construct […]

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Installing Buildings, Additions, and Custom Designs

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/10/15 @ 8:00
Installing Buildings, Additions, and Custom Designs

Today the Pole Barn Guru answers questions about installing buildings, adding on to an existing structure, and custom designs. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: If we purchased from your company do have does it come with installing in Hedgesville WV. Thank you. BRENDA in HEDGESVILLE DEAR BRENDA: Our buildings are designed to be able to be […]

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A Redesign, Hansen’s Delivery Range, and Post Hole Backfill

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/10/01 @ 8:00
A Redesign, Hansen’s Delivery Range, and Post Hole Backfill

Mike the Pole Barn Guru answers questions about pole barn a redesign, Hansen’s delivery range, and post hole backfill. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: If I send you photos of my pole building can you redesign its appearance to make it more attractive? Thanks MATT DEAR MATT: Thank you very much for your interest. Could I […]

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Brick Ledge on a Pole Building

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/08/01 @ 8:00
Brick Ledge on a Pole Building

Brick Ledge on a Post Frame (Pole) Building Whilst it would not be my personal preference for finish on a post frame building, there are instances when either aesthetics (trying to match other existing structures), local Planning Departments or HOAs (Home Owner Associations) mandate use of brick or stone exteriors. Whether for a wainscot or […]

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Isolating Pole Barn Poles from Concrete Slabs

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/07/05 @ 8:00
Isolating Pole Barn Poles from Concrete Slabs

Isolating Pole Barn Poles From Concrete Slabs The fear factor – comes up again and again in construction. Today’s fear is a concrete slab being poured against the poles (columns) of an existing pole barn will cause the columns to decay. “We have a 25 year old pole barn with 12 main 8×8 poles sunk […]

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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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Retro Insulation, Cost of a Hipped Roof, and Slab Prep!

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/05/28 @ 8:00
Retro Insulation, Cost of a Hipped Roof, and Slab Prep!

Today Mike the Pole Barn Guru answers questions about Retro Insulation, Cost of a Hipped Roof, and Slab Prep! DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Retro Pole barn wall insulation: should a person put plastic or some sort of vapor barrier against outside tin on interior, then put fiberglass blanket up? Which Is a better option faced or […]

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Bigfoot Systems

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/05/16 @ 8:00
Bigfoot Systems

Bigfoot Systems® Bigfoot Systems® bills itself as North America’s Original #1 Selling Pier Footing Form, which I would say is most likely 100% or more correct. So, what exactly is a Bigfoot and why would one use one? Before we get carried away, I have never used a Bigfoot and this is not a celebrity […]

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The Effect of Temperature Upon Concrete and Lumber

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/05/11 @ 8:00
The Effect of Temperature Upon Concrete and Lumber

The Effects of Temperature Upon Concrete and Lumber Every time I begin to think I could never possibly hear something new, I have to be corrected as something new crops up. In this particular instance it was a reasoning to not embed properly pressure treated columns in the ground surrounded by concrete. Rot? Nope – […]

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Post Frame and Permafrost

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/04/18 @ 8:00
Post Frame and Permafrost

Permafrost is soil, rock or sediment which is frozen for more than two consecutive years. In areas not overlain by ice, it exists beneath a layer of soil, rock or sediment, which freezes and thaws annually and is called the “active layer”. In practice, this means permafrost occurs at an average air temperature of 28°F or […]

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The Perma-Column Price Advantage?

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/04/06 @ 8:00
The Perma-Column Price Advantage?

My good friend John owns (among other things) Heartland Permacolumn. I’ve borrowed this from his website (https://www.heartlandpermacolumn.com/products/the-perma-column-price-advantage/): “Perma-Column products give you the ultimate price advantage. You simply cannot put up a building on a concrete foundation for less money. Yet some may say, “They’re too expensive…” HOWEVER, the only people who ever say this install buildings using […]

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Reduce Heat, Garage Kits, and Updates to Aging Building

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/03/26 @ 8:00
Reduce Heat, Garage Kits, and Updates to Aging Building

Reduce Heat, Garage Kits, and Updates to Aging Building DEAR POLE BARN GURU: I’m looking to build a 40×48 monitor style barn with a 16×48 loft in the center. I don’t plan to heat or cool the loft but would like to reduce the heat in the summer. My first plan is to use a […]

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Basements, Foundations, and OHD Back-Hangs!

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/03/05 @ 8:00
Basements, Foundations, and OHD Back-Hangs!

DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Is it possible to have a full basement with a residential build? What would a basement do to overall cost percentage wise? NATHAN in OAK LAWN DEAR NATHAN: It is very possible to have a full basement beneath a post frame home. According to www.HomeAdvisor.com installing an unfinished basement will cost […]

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Raised Floors in Post Frame Homes

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/03/02 @ 8:00
Raised Floors in Post Frame Homes

Raised Floors Are an Opportunity for Post Frame Homes Three months after Hurricane Harvey churned through Texas, dumping 51 inches of rain and damaging an estimated 150,000 homes, the state’s most populous county took a bureaucratic step which has huge implications for how it will deal with the risk of future flooding. On December 5, […]

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Soil Bearing Pressures Challenge

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/02/13 @ 8:00
Soil Bearing Pressures Challenge

Soil Bearing Pressures Challenge Fast and Loose With Numbers and Terms DAN from MOUNDS VIEW is the first reader who admits they are an addict to my blogs – for this, I love you man!! Luckily there is no 12 step program to cure you, so you are just going to have to keep feeding […]

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Minimizing Condensation When Building Over an Existing Foundation

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/01/26 @ 8:00
Minimizing Condensation When Building Over an Existing Foundation

Minimizing Condensation When Building Over an Existing Foundation Reader ROSS writes: “Hello, I have a question about venting of my building. I currently am in the process of building a shop myself. I had an existing foundation of 75 x 42 that had 8ft concrete walls all the way around. I’m building my building on […]

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Building on Existing Concrete

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/01/11 @ 8:00
Building on Existing Concrete

Building on Existing Concrete Which is Below Grade Trying to utilize existing concrete slabs on grade in new post frame building can bring with it some unique challenges. Reader DARREN has one of these situations which most people do not face. Please read on: “I want to build a pole building on an existing cement […]

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Condensation Under Roof Steel

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/01/09 @ 8:00
Condensation Under Roof Steel

Condensation Even With Radiant Barrier Installed Under Roof Steel It seems every winter I get a few messages similar to this, So far, this winter, I have gotten two, both from newly constructed post frame buildings and from the same area of the United States (which is known for high humidity). Reader SAM in GREENBANK […]

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Variances in Surface of Pole Building Concrete Slab

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/11/16 @ 8:00
Variances in Surface of Pole Building Concrete Slab

Variances in Surface of Pole Building Concrete Slabs Reader RON in MARYSVILLE writes:  “What is an acceptable variance in the finished level of the concrete floor in a new 24×36 pole building? It is 1/4 inch out of level, 1 1/8 inch slope, 3/4 inch hump all acceptable numbers? My floor has all of these […]

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Vapor Barriers for Slabs on Grades

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/11/14 @ 8:00
Vapor Barriers for Slabs on Grades

Our gracious thank you to Lisa Richards for this guest blog post. Vapor Barriers for Slabs on Grade Pouring a slab on grade is a common way to lay a sturdy floor or foundation where a basement or crawlspace is unnecessary. However, concrete slabs are vulnerable to moisture from the ground. That’s why, in most […]

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How Should I Backfill My Pole Barn Holes?

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/10/24 @ 8:00
How Should I Backfill My Pole Barn Holes?

How Should I Backfill My Pole Building Holes This is a subject which is repeatedly brought up. Usually it is ones who are constructing a post frame building which was not designed by a registered design professional (RDP – architect or engineer). The wrong answer could easily lead to a catastrophic failure of the building! […]

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Post Protector Surprise

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/10/04 @ 8:00
Post Protector Surprise

Post Protector Surprise Reader CONNOR from INDIANAPOLIS and I recently had an exchange in regards to the holes of his new post frame building. Connor is proposing to use Post Protectors on the columns of his building. What he has yet to realize is there is going to be a hidden surprise with the use […]

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Can I Build a Pole Barn on my Concrete Slab?

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/10/03 @ 8:00
Can I Build a Pole Barn on my Concrete Slab?

Can I Build a Pole Barn on My Concrete Slab? I dove off from the turnip truck a long time ago, so I have seen a lot of strange things constructed over my nearly 60 year lifetime. Sometimes strange is good, usually not so good. What is remarkable are the structures which are constructed directly […]

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Post Frame Apartment Buildings

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/09/19 @ 8:00
Post Frame Apartment Buildings

Post Frame Apartment Buildings I have thought about the possibilities of constructing apartments using post frame construction for years, however a recent query from reader DERRICK in CINCINNATI brought it to the forefront of my thoughts. Dave writes: “Can you build apartment buildings out of your products? Nothing fancy. Just affordable living in a rural […]

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Loft Door, Antique Barns, and Footing Sizes?

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/09/18 @ 8:00
Loft Door, Antique Barns, and Footing Sizes?

DEAR POLE BARN GURU: I have an upstairs (loft) exterior opening that is 50″ wide by 68″ tall. I want to build a door with the National Hardware tab-loc frame and cover it with r-panel siding. How much overhang on each side, and top and bottom do I need to make the door? What should […]

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Help! My Pole Barn Has Frost Heave

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/09/14 @ 8:00
Help! My Pole Barn Has Frost Heave

Help! My Pole Barn Has Frost Heave Reader DAVID in MINNESOTA writes: “I looked through many pages of your blog and found nothing yet that deals with my frost heave problem. Bought lake property 8 years ago that had a 24 X 24 pole shed that was 5 years old. It has concrete floor with […]

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Post Frame Frost Walls

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/09/13 @ 8:00
Post Frame Frost Walls

From reader Paul in Bismarck: “How do you deal with the requirement for a 4 foot frost wall on buildings that will have plumbing installed in them. Typically, the concrete footing on a stick built structures qualifies as the frost wall. How is this accomplished with a pole building that will be used as a […]

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When Pole Barns do not Have Footings

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/08/30 @ 8:00
When Pole Barns do not Have Footings

Reader KEN in FORT COLLINS writes: “HI MIKE! We just bought an acreage with an existing 36 x 48 post frame farm storage building. In talking to the prior owner, we have learned that the builder did not use cookies, footing pads or a cement bottom collar. So nothing to prevent settling (He did nail […]

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Don’t Sink the Pole Barn Floor

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/08/22 @ 8:00
Don’t Sink the Pole Barn Floor

Don’t Sink the Pole Barn Floor Reader Clay has contributed the beginnings of this article, with a concern his pole barn floor might sink. Thank you Clay. “I am about to construct a 24’x32′ building to be used as a woodworking shop. I am strongly considering a pole barn.  Now I do not want a […]

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Hairpins? Best Eave Height, and the Cost of a House…

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/08/14 @ 8:00
Hairpins? Best Eave Height, and the Cost of a House…

DEAR POLE BARN GURU: I am installing re-bar hairpins prepping for a pour in a Hansen pole barn. My question is about the inside poles. I have on rebar per outside pole. Do i put two rebar hairpins on the inside poles?   Thanks ALCUIN in LAVEEN DEAR ALCUIN: The purpose of the rebar hairpins […]

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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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A Door Guide with a Roller, When to Pour Concrete, and Bedrock Anchors!

DEAR POLE BARN GURU: I am looking for a bottom guide for a sliding barn door. I was hoping to get a guide with a roller vs. just a roller. I noticed some guides trap the roller in a channel on the bottom of the door. I would like to know if you have that […]

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Sturdi-Wall Brackets

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/05/19 @ 8:00
Sturdi-Wall Brackets

Placement of Sturdi-Wall Plus Brackets I am enjoying our client Dan who is in the process of getting started with his new Hansen Pole Buildings’ kit package. My educated guess is he is going to construct one truly beautiful building. Dan has a great question, which I will share: “So I went ahead and purchased […]

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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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Boulders or Large Rocks in Post Holes

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/05/11 @ 8:00
Boulders or Large Rocks in Post Holes

I’ve Hit a Boulder, What do I do? When I was building, the rock the size of a Volkswagon was generally parked in the last hole being dug on any given project. After digging all of the other holes – moving the building to avoid the rock just never felt like a viable option. I […]

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A Concrete Backfill Dilemma

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/05/04 @ 8:00
A Concrete Backfill Dilemma

Clients make for the best blog article subjects, here we have client Dan at a relative loss as to what to do about concrete backfill dilemma in and around his building columns. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Hi there!  So I am about to receive everything for a 22x34x10 pole barn. The plan is to add […]

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Post Frame House Quote? Design Recommendations, and A1 Insulation!

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/04/10 @ 8:00
Post Frame House Quote? Design Recommendations, and A1 Insulation!

DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Is it possible to get a quote from you guys? Do you just deliver material or build too? I am looking to build a house pole barn in Belle Plain MN Do you have to have a 36″ frost wall to build on a concrete slab? JOSHUA in BELLE PLAIN   […]

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Plan to Avoid Failure, Closed Cell Foam, and Addition to Building?

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/04/03 @ 8:00
Plan to Avoid Failure, Closed Cell Foam, and Addition to Building?

DEAR POLE BARN GURU: We are planning to build a pole barn in the near future and, I need some advice on the footings. depth width etc. We are planning to use rough cut 6×6 pine for the posts and plan to use anchors. The soil here on the property is very sandy. I’ve set […]

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R-50 Insulation?

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/02/27 @ 8:00
R-50 Insulation?

DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Did I read on this web page that there is a installation product that is one inch thick with a R rating of R-50? DELLA in DALLAS DEAR DELLA: Unless I am mistaken, I believe your question is about insulation, rather than installation. Yes, there is such a product. Here is […]

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Blog Entries Lead to Post Depth Question!

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/02/20 @ 8:00
Blog Entries Lead to Post Depth Question!

DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Good morning. I have been reading the various blog entries for several days, regarding pole barn construction.  I have been in contact with your design professional, but I a question that I thought might be a question that could possibly benefit others with a similar situation. I am in the process […]

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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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Pole Building Gone Wrong

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/12/01 @ 8:00
Pole Building Gone Wrong

There is Something Wrong with This Picture My disclaimer, this is NOT a Hansen Pole Building. It was advertised on Craigslist by a builder in Kentucky. There are some odd things about this pole building – one of them which is crucial and the building owner is going to hate probably forever. Maybe longer. The […]

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Pouring a Concrete Floor in a Post Frame Building

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/11/22 @ 8:00
Pouring a Concrete Floor in a Post Frame Building

Another great question from a loyal reader: DEAR POLE BARN GURU: How would you install a concrete floor in one of your pole buildings. RICK in TOLEDO DEAR RICK: Here is the chapter from the Hansen Pole Buildings Construction Manual: Chapter 18: Concrete Slabs While preference is to have building shell completed prior to pouring […]

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Poured Foundation or Block: Neither!

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/11/15 @ 8:00
Poured Foundation or Block: Neither!

What’s better: A poured foundation or block? How about – neither? Try post frame footing design! Even though my lovely bride and I are now living 98% of the time on the eastern border of South Dakota, I still read the online version of my formerly local newspaper – The Spokesman Review, from Spokane, Washington. […]

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Rebar Hairpins

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/10/04 @ 8:00
Rebar Hairpins

When I began writing these articles a few short years ago, I assumed I would run out of subject matter after about 100 or so. Silly me – as I’ve now produced in excess of 1100 of them and I keep realizing I have totally skipped over some obvious subject matter. One of those which […]

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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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PEX Tubing

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/08/05 @ 8:00
PEX Tubing

I’ve espoused previously on the joys of hydronic radiant floor heating (https://www.hansenpolebuildings.com/2012/08/radiant-floor-heating/) and would encourage anyone who is going to install a concrete slab on grade in their new (or existing) post frame (pole) building to consider at least making a provision for it in the future. As we all realize, once a concrete floor […]

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Talking More Screed – Pouring a Concrete Floor

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/05/03 @ 8:00
Talking More Screed – Pouring a Concrete Floor

How appropriate to have the following question asked after having just written recently about screeding concrete! DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Why does the concrete pad get poured at a level below the top of the bottom skirt board? If I bring the concrete level with the top, it is easier for to skreet level, plus […]

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Screeding Concrete

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/04/26 @ 8:00
Screeding Concrete

My long time readers will recall concrete flatwork is not my friend and I will avoid it whenever necessary. In the event one is forced into doing flatwork (apparently some folks actually enjoy it), concrete screeding is something to know about. Screeding is the process where a concrete finisher (a real live person, not a […]

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Rebar

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/01/05 @ 8:00
Rebar

One of the most surprising things about steel is that it has an expansion coefficient nearly equal to that of modern concrete. If this were not so, it would cause problems because of additional longitudinal and perpendicular stresses as the temperature changed following setting. Although rebar has ribs which bind it mechanically to the concrete, it […]

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Pole Barn Holes

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/08/06 @ 5:00
Pole Barn Holes

The Hole Enchilada Yesterday I began hacking away at my neighbor’s new pole building under construction. Today, I will dig even deeper (pun intended)! Leroy and his building crew arrived on Thursday to begin building. My bride and I had to take a detour most of the day to go to Fargo to visit grandchildren […]

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Following Pole Building Plans

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/07/16 @ 8:00
Following Pole Building Plans

Build to Match the Pole Building Plans Picture this, if you will….. A monitor style post frame (pole) building. The center portion is 24 feet wide by 48 feet long with a 24 foot eave height. On each side of the center is a 12 foot wide “wing”. The right wing is a roof only […]

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Setting Posts on Stands?

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/06/01 @ 8:00
Setting Posts on Stands?

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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Toci Ground Anchors

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/05/27 @ 8:00
Toci Ground Anchors

About a year ago the Technical Department of Hansen Pole Buildings was contacted by the manufacturer of the Toci Ground Anchor: “We manufacture the Toci Ground Anchor, an anchoring device that you may find useful in your line of business. The Toci Ground Anchor safely secures any outdoor structure or building to the ground without […]

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Voids Under Concrete Slabs

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/05/19 @ 8:00
Voids Under Concrete Slabs

From Hansen Pole Buildings’ Designer Rachel: “A nice lady from Pennsylvania called and said she was looking to get some advice.  Her husband died five months ago and she is having a pole building put up.  It sounds as though they have the poles up, skirtboard on and the concrete poured although there is a […]

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Floating Poles

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/04/23 @ 8:00
Floating Poles

In an article last year I included a reference to “floating poles”: https://www.hansenpolebuildings.com/blog/2014/05/one-pour-reinforcement-cage/ But how would one go about actually floating poles? Once all of the column holes have been dug, distribute the poles about the perimeter of the building, laying them perpendicular to the hole they are to be placed in, with one end […]

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How to Calculate Post Hole Concrete

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/04/22 @ 8:00
How to Calculate Post Hole Concrete

Part of being able to determine a budget for a new pole building is the cost of the premix concrete needed to backfill the holes with. At Hansen Pole Buildings, our engineers calculate the minimum amount of post hole concrete required to prevent your new building from settling (due to the dead weight of the […]

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Concrete after a Fire

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/04/02 @ 8:03
Concrete after a Fire

We recently received a request from a client who had a building burn to the ground. The client proposed to reuse their existing concrete – which to me has always resonated as a bad choice. But is it actually a bad choice? Concrete can be some amazing stuff. In June of 1987, I was privileged […]

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Setting Pole Building Posts

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/03/17 @ 8:08
Setting Pole Building Posts

We Don’t Always Do Things Perfectly, But We Do Listen Last summer Hansen Pole Buildings Supplied a pole building kit package to a client who experienced a few challenges and I took the time to address each one of them. This is Part I of a four part response. First – here is my initial […]

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Dry-Set Column Anchors

Posted by polebarnguru on 14/12/18 @ 8:00
Dry-Set Column Anchors

I’ve always been a fan of the traditional pole building foundation process. Face it – it is fairly low tech. Most folks have the ability to dig or auger a hole in the ground, stand a pressure preservative treated column in the hole and pour ready-mix concrete under and around the base of the column […]

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Attaching Stud Walls to Concrete Floors

Posted by polebarnguru on 14/10/01 @ 8:00
Attaching Stud Walls to Concrete Floors

How to Attach Interior Wood Stud Walls to Pole Building Concrete Floors As a child I grew up living in the last house in the neighborhood – the road went from asphalt paved to dirt at the end of our lot. My father was a framing contractor, and true to the adage – a builder’s […]

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Concrete & Rain in My New Pole Building

Posted by polebarnguru on 14/08/20 @ 12:08
Concrete & Rain in My New Pole Building

This is a story which is heard all too frequently. And it always revolves around clients having just poured the concrete slabs in their new buildings. Even more so when the building has a low perm rated vapor retarder under the concrete. Vapor retarders do exactly as their name implies, they retard the movement of […]

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How to Save Money on Pole Building Kits?

Posted by polebarnguru on 14/08/18 @ 8:00
How to Save Money on Pole Building Kits?

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 or Saturday segment.  If you want a quick answer, please be sure to answer with […]

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Are Concrete Piers OK in Earthquake Areas?

Posted by polebarnguru on 14/07/28 @ 8:00
Are Concrete Piers OK in Earthquake Areas?

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 or Saturday segment. If you want a quick answer, please be sure to answer with […]

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One Pour Reinforcement Cage

Posted by polebarnguru on 14/05/14 @ 8:00
One Pour Reinforcement Cage

The original Hansen Pole Buildings column encasement design, had the pressure preservative columns placed to the base of an augured hole. Pre-mix concrete was then poured around the lower 16-18 inches of the column to form a bottom collar. The bond strength between concrete and wood was sufficient to enable the assembly to resist both […]

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Up-Lift Plates for Pole Barns

Posted by polebarnguru on 14/05/08 @ 8:00
Up-Lift Plates for Pole Barns

Having spent two decades directly involved in the prefabricated metal connector plated roof truss industry (with titles running from just above the janitor, to owner of two plants) steel truss plates have always fascinated me. From Pro-Footer® comes the UP-Lift plate, which is an ingenious adaptation of truss plate technology. They are designed to help […]

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