Category Archives: Footings

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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Dry Set Brackets on Foundation, Unfinished Jobs, and Engineering

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/10/08 @ 8:00
Dry Set Brackets on Foundation, Unfinished Jobs, and Engineering

Today the Pole Barn Guru discusses rebuilding on an existing concrete foundation with dry set brackets, unfinished work, and proper engineering. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: I’ve recently torn down an old machine shed that still has very good 8″ wide by 24″ deep cement foundation walls that I’m thinking about using to erect a new […]

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Uplift Concerns, Retro-fitting Insulation, and High Water Tables

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/09/17 @ 8:00
Uplift Concerns, Retro-fitting Insulation, and High Water Tables

This week the Pole Barn Guru answers questions about uplift concerns, retro-fitting insulation, and setting posts in high water tables. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: I am adding an open overhang to the gable end of my 40×80 pole barn. I bought 36’ trusses and will lower them to fit under the existing gable going out […]

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Column Hairpins, Going Bigger, and Cutting Corners

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/09/10 @ 8:00
Column Hairpins, Going Bigger, and Cutting Corners

Today the Pole Barn Guru discusses Rebar hairpins, a bigger build, and cutting corners on the construction process. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Hello, regarding the column to concrete hairpins. I’ve talked to a couple different contractors and they both have cringed when I discussed tying the pad to the columns. They say around here everyone […]

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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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Rebuilding, Post Spacing, as well as a Frost Wall

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/07/23 @ 8:00
Rebuilding, Post Spacing, as well as a Frost Wall

I this weeks blog, the Pole Barn Guru talks about, rebuilding a pole barn, ideal post spacing and a frost wall. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Hello, I recently disassembled a 36 x 100 pole barn and am rebuilding it at my house. It was covered with 2″ reinforced paper faced roll pole barn insulation with […]

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Frost Foundations, Painting Metal Buildings, and Hawaii

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/07/16 @ 8:00
Frost Foundations, Painting Metal Buildings, and Hawaii

Today the Pole Barn Guru answers questions about frost protected shallow foundations, repainting metal buildings and a kit in Hawaii. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: What type of frost foundation would you use if planning on doing a finished space in part of the building? ERIC in WINTERSET DEAR ERIC: I’d do a Frost Protected Shallow […]

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Double Skirt Boards, Siding Options, and Foundation Plans

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/07/09 @ 8:00
Double Skirt Boards, Siding Options, and Foundation Plans

Today’s blog discusses double skirt boards, siding options and foundation plans. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: The pole building garage at the house I bought has two skirt boards. Can I remove the interior board to remove the dirt easier and put quikrete in its place. There is a 5” gap between the wall and the […]

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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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Conditioned Post Frame Crawl Space

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/06/27 @ 8:00
Conditioned Post Frame Crawl Space

Conditioned Post Frame Crawl Space Recently I had a reader ask about Conditioned Post-Frame Crawl Spaces, a subject I quickly did an internet search on, and found nothing. Dear gentle readers: In the event you should Google any post frame related information and cannot find the answer you are searching for, please drop me an […]

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Building Height, Building on Existing Foundation, and Spray Foam

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/06/25 @ 8:00
Building Height, Building on Existing Foundation, and Spray Foam

Today the Pole Barn Guru answers questions about calculating the height of a building, Building on and existing foundation, and Spray Foam Insulation. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: I’m looking for over all height of a building with a 14’ eave? Thanks. DOUG in PILOT ROCK DEAR DOUG: The overall height determination starts with a clear […]

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Help with Instructions? Correct Frost Depth, and Nailing Schedule for OSB

Today the PBG attempts to assist with finding some instructions, the correct frost depth, and nailing schedule for OSB. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: A friend of mine gave me a cannonball track and hardware setup for my pole barn garage.  I have looked everywhere for INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS.  I cannot find anything on line.  Can you […]

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Engineering Your Pole Building for Free

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/06/08 @ 8:00
Engineering Your Pole Building for Free

Please Let Me Engineer Your Post Frame Building For Free Because I am not a Registered Design Professional, I can’t engineer your new post frame building for you. And, if I was, I most certainly would not be doing it for free. Typically an engineer should be compensated somewhere in the area of 8 to […]

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The Idea of Heating, Post Heave, and Interior Housewrap

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/06/04 @ 8:00
The Idea of Heating, Post Heave, and Interior Housewrap

Mike the Pole Barn Guru discusses The Idea of Heating the building in the future, Post Heave, and Interior Housewrap. DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Hi Pole Barn Guru, I am getting ready to order a kit for a new 38×40 pole barn in Southern Ohio. Initially it will be cold storage, but the idea of heating […]

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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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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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Proper Foundation and Slab, Two-Story Buildings, and Door Parts

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/03/19 @ 8:00
Proper Foundation and Slab, Two-Story Buildings, and Door Parts

Proper Foundation and Slab, Two-Story Buildings, and Door Parts DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Dear Sir, I read the details of pouring a concrete slab after building the barn. I live in Montana with some pretty cold winters. If I were laying a slab for a conventional stick built structure i would be required to dig […]

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Strong Way Columns

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/03/06 @ 8:00
Strong Way Columns

Strong Way Columns Now I have neither used this product, nor have I actually seen them used in real life. However, part of my mission is to entertain and inform, so as a new product (at least to me) I feel a certain responsibility to expose readers to them. According to the manufacturer, all of […]

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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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Call a Geotechnical Engineer

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/01/18 @ 8:00
Call a Geotechnical Engineer

When is it time to bring in a Geotechnical Engineer? Reader WES in RAVENNA writes: “I am building a 36×48 pole barn w/ attic trusses on a piece of property were the water table is quite high. The wettest hole contained about 3 feet of water and caved in to about 5 or 6 feet […]

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Flood Rebuilding, Retrofitting Stem Wall, and Platinum Engineering

Posted by polebarnguru on 18/01/08 @ 8:00
Flood Rebuilding, Retrofitting Stem Wall, and Platinum Engineering

DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Hi. I am an architect with a flood victim client in Houston whose 1500 sf house must be rebuilt 5′ above grade. C panel, aluminum sliding windows/doors, low budget. Is it crazy to think they could buy a custom kit from you and have a crew from MN install it in […]

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Moving Pole Barns

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/12/22 @ 8:00
Moving Pole Barns

Moving a Pole Barn Most of us American adults have, at some time in our lives, visited a county or state fair. Adjunct to these events is the inevitable midway – where carnies (those wonderful and frequently interesting folks) hock their wares and try to interest one and all in a game of chance. Amongst […]

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My Poles Are Further Apart than the Trusses Span

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/11/01 @ 8:00
My Poles Are Further Apart than the Trusses Span

My Poles are Placed Farther Apart Than the Trusses Span Reader ALURA in NORTH CAROLINA writes: “We recently purchased a 60 x40 pole barn kit from Florida and we are in North Carolina.  We talked to them on the phone several times about the size the inner dimensions. They reassured us that yes the 40×60 was […]

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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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I want the Bottom of my Poles at the Same Depth

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/09/28 @ 8:00
I want the Bottom of my Poles at the Same Depth

I Want The Bottom of My Poles At The Same Depth Reader CONNOR in CINCINNATI writes: “Dear Pole Barn Guru, I am putting up a 24’x32’x10′ pole barn to serve as a garage. Last weekend I augered my 24″ holes to accommodate 48″ post embedment plus a 10″ concrete footer. A ready-mix company is coming […]

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Stilt Houses

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/09/21 @ 8:00
Stilt Houses

In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey nearly all Americans have seen video of the devastation across the coastal lowlands of Texas. Over and over photos of water logged drywall and carpets being torn out of homes which were flooded by epic rainfalls of biblical proportion were enough to churn my gut. Especially as so much […]

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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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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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A Wood Floor in a Garage

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/09/12 @ 8:00
A Wood Floor in a Garage

A loyal reader writes: “Hi. Good morning! As I read your post about a wood floor in a work shop, it reminded me of my research into a garage with a wood floor. I have often wondered, can this be done? So I ask you, can this be done? I am not a rich man, […]

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Pole Building Holes in Caliche Soil

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/09/08 @ 8:00
Pole Building Holes in Caliche Soil

One of our clients is preparing his site in order to dig the holes for his new post frame building kit. He happens to live in an area of Washington State, east of the crest of the Cascade Mountains, which would be best classified as being high desert. He has encountered the bane of excavators […]

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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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Pole Barn Footings

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/08/04 @ 8:00
Pole Barn Footings

Some things in life amaze me – magicians are one of them. I have no idea how the do what they do, but I am totally fascinated by them (you can read about my college experience with a magician here: https://www.hansenpolebuildings.com/2014/08/lumber-bending/). One of the other things which amaze me are how clients will invest tens […]

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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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Real Estate Value, Post Brackets, and Interior Finishing

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/05/01 @ 8:00
Real Estate Value, Post Brackets, and Interior Finishing

DEAR POLE BARN GURU: As a licensed Real Estate agent and looking to move, I realize how crazy the market is (at least in Michigan and the Grand Rapids Area). Considering building a pole barn home for my wife and I when we sell our house, however what about resale value? My concern is regarding […]

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What Kind of Footings? Beams? and Bi-Folds?

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/04/17 @ 8:00
What Kind of Footings? Beams? and Bi-Folds?

DEAR POLE BARN GURU: 34’x44′ pole barn middle is 20′ high and 14′ wide, the 2 outside parts are 10′ high by 10′ wide, frost level is 48″, snow load is 40lbs per sqft poles will be 6×6 what kind of footings will i need to have to support this building? MITCH in KAWARTHA LAKES […]

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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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Building Site Preparation

Posted by polebarnguru on 17/02/08 @ 8:00
Building Site Preparation

I’m a Bit Confused… No, not me – one of our clients who is about ready to invest in his new Hansen Pole Buildings’ Post Frame Building kit. Just like me, when I have something new on the way, Phil is chomping at the bit to be doing something! Anything! DEAR POLE BARN GURU:  I’m trying […]

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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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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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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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Attacking Pole Barn Rocks in Holes

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/12/14 @ 8:00
Attacking Pole Barn Rocks in Holes

Breaking Through Rock in Holes Post frame (pole) buildings are maybe the easiest to construct and most affordable permanent structures known to human kind. Once the holes are dug and the columns are set, it is pretty well nothing but go-go-go. The intangible is what is happening below the surface of the ground. When I […]

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Cost Savings of a Crawlspace vs a Slab!

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/12/12 @ 8:00
Cost Savings of a Crawlspace vs a Slab!

DEAR POLE BARN GURU: I am building a pole barn 50 foot clear span wide, and 70 foot long, 16 foot to the eve. I am using 4×4 metal uprights on 20 foot spans, red iron purlins and stringers, and 4×4 metal welded all around the top. I am using conventional wood trusses engineered for […]

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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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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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Frost-Protected Shallow Foundations

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/11/09 @ 8:00
Frost-Protected Shallow Foundations

I’ve touched on the subject of Frost-Protected Shallow Foundations in a previous article (https://www.hansenpolebuildings.com/2012/10/concrete-slab-4/), but never truly taken a dive into the pond to expound upon them as they relate to post frame construction. My friend KEN from MANCOS recently contacted me for information, which got this subject restarted: “Mr. Pole Barn Guru, I am […]

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Misguided Stick Frame Builder

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/10/05 @ 8:00
Misguided Stick Frame Builder

Few things drive me nuts more than self- serving advice columns. In my humble opinion, if one is offering advice as an expert in a construction field they should be open to a plethora of possible design solutions. The following article appeared October 1, 2016 at www.kpcnews.com and is copied in its entirety without edits: […]

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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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6 Things to Consider When Building a Covered Riding Arena

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/09/14 @ 8:26
6 Things to Consider When Building a Covered Riding Arena

You’ve been dreaming of adding a covered riding arena to your property. Maybe you teach riding lessons and need a better space to work with your students. Or maybe you just want somewhere you can ride when the weather’s less than ideal. Whatever the case, you’re itching to start building! Choosing a horse arena kit […]

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Dear Pole Barn Guru: Pouring A Footing

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/05/01 @ 8:00
Dear Pole Barn Guru: Pouring A Footing

DEAR POLE BARN GURU: After you dig your holes for the treated posts, do you put the post in the hole, then pour in concrete around the post or do you pour about 8” of concrete in first then let that set up and put the post on the concrete what is the best way. […]

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Tootsie Roll Pop

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/04/22 @ 8:00
Tootsie Roll Pop

How Many Licks Does It Take to Get to the Tootsie Roll Center of a Tootsie Pop? Well, according to Mr. Owl, the answer is three. At an office meeting of the Sweets Company of America in 1931, employees were asked to share any ideas for new candies. Employee Luke Weisgram had been thinking about […]

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Twilight Zone Contractor

Posted by polebarnguru on 14/09/10 @ 8:00
Twilight Zone Contractor

50 shades of The Twilight Zone, is The Ghost of Rod Serling Somewhere Nearby? From 1951 to 1955, more than 70 of Rod Serling’s television scripts were produced, garnering both critical and public acclaim. Full-scale success came on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 1955, with the live airing of his Kraft Television Theatre script “Patterns.” Deemed a “creative triumph” […]

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Footings & Dirt

Posted by polebarnguru on 14/08/06 @ 8:00
Footings & Dirt

As regular readers know, I’m not a firm believer in the use of precast concrete cookies for footing pads for many reasons. (for further spirited reading on this very subject: https://www.hansenpolebuildings.com/blog/2012/08/hurl-yourconcrete-cookies/) It turns out there are “some” pole building providers who make cookies work on paper, by using an assumed presumptive load-bearing value for the […]

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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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FootingPad System for Pole Barns

Posted by polebarnguru on 14/05/07 @ 8:00
FootingPad System for Pole Barns

FootingPad™ Composite Footing System In the early 1980’s I was a member of the Board of Directors for the National Frame Building Association (NFBA). Serving along with me was Glen George. The recent 2014 National Frame Building Expo held in Nashville, TN, was like old home week for me, as I reunited with several people […]

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SquareFoot™ Concrete Footing Forms

Posted by polebarnguru on 14/03/19 @ 8:00
SquareFoot™ Concrete Footing Forms

I really, really enjoy interactive clients. The ones who pay attention to what is going on (chances are, if you are reading this, you are one too). They help keep me on my toes, as well. I’ve been enjoying interacting with John. Over the weekend he came up with this for me: “I looked at […]

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Dear Guru: Why is My New Pole Barn Quote Much Higher?

Posted by polebarnguru on 14/03/10 @ 8:00
Dear Guru: Why is My New Pole Barn Quote Much Higher?

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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Concrete Cookies

Posted by polebarnguru on 14/03/06 @ 8:00
Concrete Cookies

Client calls into my office at the end of the day Friday and says his Building Official will only accept his new pole building construction with holes 48 inches deep, with six inch thick concrete cookies in the bottom of the hole, and no concrete backfill around the columns. Here is some background…. The building […]

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High Density Foam for Setting Posts

Posted by polebarnguru on 14/02/07 @ 8:00
High Density Foam for Setting Posts

This is just wrong – in so many ways…. As my loyal readers know, I try to read every posting I can on the ‘net regarding pole buildings. Sadly, more than a few of them are downright scary. These are excerpts from a recent chat room posting: “I built this barn last year. I did 80% […]

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CLSM: Cost Effective Alternative to Soil Backfill

Posted by polebarnguru on 14/01/15 @ 8:06
CLSM: Cost Effective Alternative to Soil Backfill

In typical pole building construction, holes are augured into the earth, columns are placed in the hole so concrete can be placed below the column to act as a footing for vertical support, as well as to encase the lower portion of the column. Above this “bottom collar” compacted soil backfill is used to fill […]

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Frost Heave: Some Methods That Don’t Work

Posted by polebarnguru on 13/11/05 @ 8:00
Frost Heave: Some Methods That Don’t Work

In yesterday’s posting, I quoted Harris Hyman, an engineer from Portland, Oregon, who appears to know his stuff when it comes to preventing frost heave. In a July 1994 article, in the Journal of Light Construction he listed some methods which don’t work to prevent frost heave: “Another method for dealing with frost involves wrapping […]

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Sonotubes

Posted by polebarnguru on 13/11/01 @ 8:00
Sonotubes

Coulomb Theory As I have probably mentioned a few times, I learn new stuff every day. Sometimes, what I learn causes me to rethink my prior positions on subjects. I’d like to believe this is a good thing, as it keeps me from being so rigid. I’ve always had a bad attitude toward the use […]

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Dear Guru: Should I Use Concrete Sonotube Foundation?

Posted by polebarnguru on 13/10/21 @ 8:00
Dear Guru: Should I Use Concrete Sonotube Foundation?

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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Dear Pole Barn Guru: Will a Drain System Hurt My Piers?

Posted by polebarnguru on 13/06/24 @ 8:00
Dear Pole Barn Guru: Will a Drain System Hurt My Piers?

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.  Email all questions to: PoleBarnGuru@HansenPoleBuildings.com DEAR POLE BARN GURU: I have a 40′ L […]

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Ask the Pole Barn Guru: Can I Build on Bedrock?

Posted by polebarnguru on 13/06/17 @ 8:00
Ask the Pole Barn Guru: Can I Build on Bedrock?

Can I Build on Bedrock? Email all questions to: PoleBarnGuru@HansenPoleBuildings.com DEAR POLE BARN GURU: It looks like on two of my pole footings (24 x 36 barn) I’m going to hit bedrock about 2.5 feet down into my 4′ footing.  Is my only option to rent a jack hammer and keep chunking away at the […]

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A Dual Zap: Call 811

Posted by polebarnguru on 13/06/13 @ 8:00
A Dual Zap: Call 811

I bet they wished they’d followed the Call 811 rule! I live on lake, in the mountains. My lot, much like those of my neighbors, is narrow and deep, with lots of grade change from lake to back of the lots. Nearly two decades ago, I wanted to construct a pole building on the back […]

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Dear Pole Barn Guru: Is Renovating a Pole Barn Practical?

Posted by polebarnguru on 13/05/27 @ 8:00
Dear Pole Barn Guru: Is Renovating a Pole Barn Practical?

Is Renovating a Pole Barn Practical? 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 segment.  Email all questions to: PoleBarnGuru@HansenPoleBuildings.com […]

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Dear Pole Barn Guru: Pole Building Basement Foundation

Posted by polebarnguru on 13/04/22 @ 8:00
Dear Pole Barn Guru: Pole Building Basement Foundation

DEAR POLE BARN GURU:  Can these pole barn kits be placed on a basement foundation? MOTIVATED IN MEXICO MISSOURI DEAR MOTIVATED: I happen to live on a lake, which is nestled into a mountain valley. For the most part, the parcels of land around the lake tend to be very narrow and very steep (only […]

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Bonding a Pole Barn Post in Concrete

Posted by polebarnguru on 13/04/19 @ 8:00
Bonding a Pole Barn Post in Concrete

In Robert J. Hoyle, Jr. and Frank Woeste’s 1989 textbook “Wood Technology in the Design of Structures”, in Chapter 21 (Post-Frame Building Design) on Page 336 is the following: “Concrete encasement of the post in the ground contact area enlarges the friction surface and can generally be credit with a wood-to-concrete bond strength of 30 […]

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Truss Plates for Column Uplift

Posted by polebarnguru on 13/04/04 @ 8:00
Truss Plates for Column Uplift

Truss Plates for Column Uplift The uplift of column in post frame (pole buildings) is a factor which is seemingly all too often overlooked in building design. Several methods for resisting uplift forces are utilized.  However the most popular option which historically has been used seems to be to pretend uplift doesn’t exist! Sadly, the […]

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Non-Engineered Metal Brackets

Posted by polebarnguru on 13/03/08 @ 8:00
Non-Engineered Metal Brackets

Save Me Jesus…. I’ve been reading (and commenting) in an online thread of a blog on another website, where someone is trying to decide how to construct a new pole barn. This morning, the following post was made: “What I had done was to dig the hole like you were going to set the post […]

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Pole Barn or Block Foundation?

Posted by polebarnguru on 13/03/01 @ 8:00
Pole Barn or Block Foundation?

A prospective client recently posted this question about block foundations: “Our family farm was started around 1850. During this time there were 12-14 barns and 1 house. Most barns deteriorated due to bad roofing. But we’re talking about stuff that lasted 100 years and some longer. We still have 4 barns left and the house […]

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Concrete Pier Design

Posted by polebarnguru on 13/02/28 @ 8:00
Concrete Pier Design

A Hansen Pole Buildings client in California has just today approved the plans for his new post frame building and poses the question: “We are in a no frost area with no snow load, so why are the concrete piers so large and deep??” In response: “The column embedment (depth and diameter of the holes) […]

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Setting posts: Postsetaphobia

Posted by polebarnguru on 13/01/29 @ 8:00
Setting posts: Postsetaphobia

I recently spoke with a prospective client in California. This particular gentleman is an electrical contractor, and fancies himself as being fairly handy. He is considering doing the construction of his new pole building kit himself, however was terrified by the prospect of having to set the building columns. Being honest, we all have our […]

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Shifting Piers: Building Blooper or Blunder?

Posted by polebarnguru on 13/01/22 @ 8:00
Shifting Piers: Building Blooper or Blunder?

This is a true story, about the construction of an all-steel building; however the events could spell the doom of any building project – regardless of the structural framework. Shifting Piers Geo-technical engineers were called out to a jobsite to investigate why it was the concrete piers supporting an under construction all-steel building were unstable. […]

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Concrete Footing: How Thick Should it Be?

Posted by polebarnguru on 12/12/13 @ 8:00
Concrete Footing: How Thick Should it Be?

Alan was a post frame building contractor for years, prior to becoming a Building Designer for Hansen Pole Buildings. If I had to estimate, I’d venture Alan constructed well over 200 of our buildings. Recently, Alan had a client question the thickness of the concrete footings, beneath the columns, used to support the pressure preservative […]

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Concrete: Why Not Bag It?

Posted by polebarnguru on 12/11/07 @ 8:02
Concrete: Why Not Bag It?

Rachel, one of the Hansen Pole Buildings Designers recently took a call from a client who was disappointed because we did not provide the concrete for their new pole building kit package. Most people are familiar with Sakcrete® readi-mix concrete. There is probably not a lumberyard in America which does not have it available for […]

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Post Hole Auger: The Two Man Killer

Posted by polebarnguru on 12/10/30 @ 8:00
Post Hole Auger: The Two Man Killer

When I built my first few pole buildings, over three decades ago, I was smart – I was the layout man and the other two men on my crew were the ones who got to use the dreaded “two man killer”. I have to admit, the “killer” was a huge improvement over using a two-handled […]

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Perma-columns

Posted by polebarnguru on 12/09/26 @ 8:00
Perma-columns

Perma-columns are manufactured by the same company who produces the Sturdi-Wall brackets. Paraphrased from the company’s information: Perma-Columns are five foot precast concrete columns which are designed to keep wood out of the ground, ensuring a post frame building’s foundation will never rot. They are the first product to combine the economy of post frame construction with […]

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Hurl Your…Concrete Cookies

Posted by polebarnguru on 12/08/07 @ 8:00
Hurl Your…Concrete Cookies

I know none of us has ever experienced this condition, but we all know of someone who has had the hurling issue, often after a period of personal discussion with some of the friends of George Thorogood. In this instance, I’m not thinking either of the example above, or the tasty oatmeal raisin cookies my […]

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