Category Archives: Pole Building Doors

You Can Lead a Horse to Water…Pole Building Garage

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/07/07 @ 8:00
You Can Lead a Horse to Water…Pole Building Garage

Several years ago, when Hansen Pole Buildings was a fledgling company, I worked with a client in Goldendale, Washington assisting him in designing what (in his eyes) would be his ideal dream building. My mission has always been to deliver the “Ultimate Post Frame Building Experience™”, which is greatly helped by clients who are open […]

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A Garage Door Tale

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/06/22 @ 8:00
A Garage Door Tale

At my first business, M & W Building Supply, we provided over 6000 post frame building kit packages in the years before I turned it over to the current owner, Jim Betonte. There were many memorable clients in those eight years, however a few instances stick in my mind. We were contracted to supply a […]

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14 Foot Wide Doors

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/05/05 @ 8:00
14 Foot Wide Doors

Sometime in the not too distant past, residential home builders figured out a way to reduce the price point of their new homes, by shrinking the width of the “two car garages” and using 14 foot wide overhead doors. However, “Houston, we have a problem”, as most of us drive vehicles down the road which […]

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Schweiss Doors New Wrap Around Hinge

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/02/24 @ 8:00
Schweiss Doors New Wrap Around Hinge

At Hansen Pole Buildings, we have been accused, at times, of being overly anal. We are seemingly always looking for ways to make our buildings just a little bit better for our clients, whether it is a stronger connection or a better component. An example of one of these was when we upgraded from bolting […]

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Why This Entry Door Could be a Problem

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/11/19 @ 8:00
Why This Entry Door Could be a Problem

First the disclaimer – the photo is NOT of a Hansen Pole Building. It was provided and constructed by a small firm in Southern Missouri.  How small are they? Small enough to not have a website! And, according to the Better Business Bureau (of which they are not members), the business is under a year […]

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Pole Building Door Safety

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/09/22 @ 8:00
Pole Building Door Safety

Don’t be the Next Break In Sometimes the story is not the story and the misfortunes of others can be a lesson. In this morning’s news: “Police are seeking information about a break-in at a Wexford County, Michigan pole barn. The incident occurred Monday on Boon Road in Haring Township. A side door to the barn […]

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An Entry Door Installation Trick

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/08/18 @ 8:00
An Entry Door Installation Trick

I admit, when I first entered the post frame (pole) building business – I was clueless on a good day. My only “training” was picking the brain of an old time pole barn builder, George Evanovich. George was a nice enough guy, but it didn’t take me long to realize when it came to details […]

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Moving Sliding Doors to Inside of Building

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/08/17 @ 8:00
Moving Sliding Doors to Inside of Building

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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A Sliding Door Experience

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/06/19 @ 8:00
A Sliding Door Experience

We had a recent inquiry from a client who needed a new pole building for farm equipment storage. He has a windrower and several balers and trailers to put in the building. His initial request was for a 30’ x 40’ building, with a single sloping roof and a 14 foot eave height. For doors […]

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Overhead Door Trim

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/06/15 @ 8:00
Overhead Door Trim

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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Entry Door R Value

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/06/12 @ 8:00
Entry Door R Value

R U Paying Attention? Just this past week, we had one of our clients tell us his nearly completed pole building would require entry (person-type) doors with a R-20 insulating value. We at Hansen Pole Buildings, violated one of our own cardinal rules – we did not require our client to get the information in […]

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Solar Powered Garage Door Openers

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/05/08 @ 8:00
Solar Powered Garage Door Openers

Hansen Pole Buildings’ Designer Doug keeps me on my toes – he comes up with some of the most interesting questions, which I truly appreciate. Today, he asked me about chain hoists for overhead doors. I told him we did not currently include them in our proprietary “Instant Pricing™” system, due to lack of interest […]

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Landings at Egress Doors

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/02/20 @ 4:08
Landings at Egress Doors

Exterior Landings for Egress Entry Doors Picture this….. From inside of your new pole building, you open an entry door (person/man or similar descriptor) door and step out onto…..mud? Sorry, but this scenario is not going to meet with the requirements of the Building Codes. From the 2012 IBC (International Building Code): 1008.1.5 Floor elevation.  […]

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Coil Doors

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/02/17 @ 8:00
Coil Doors

Curl-Lok™ Sheet Steel Doors Back in 1991 my brother and I built a 100 unit self-storage facility just north of Athol, Idaho on Highway 95. Through a series of unfortunate events, I ended up as the “don’t want to be the owner” of the property until I sold it to the current owners (www.FarragutStorage.net). I […]

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How Pole Barns Accept Hangar Doors

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/02/11 @ 8:00
How Pole Barns Accept Hangar Doors

A very common statement is: “I love my building, but hate my doors.” Don’t put cheaply made inferior doors on a great building. Not all door companies offer the same quality! Hansen Pole Buildings has provided a significant number of pole building hangars located all across the country. By far, the most prevalent choice by […]

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Pole Barn Guru on Crossbuck Doors

Posted by polebarnguru on 15/01/12 @ 8:00
Pole Barn Guru on Crossbuck Doors

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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Wind-Load Rated Garage Doors

Posted by polebarnguru on 14/12/03 @ 8:00
Wind-Load Rated Garage Doors

Getting a quote on a sectional garage door? Or having one or more of them included either as part of a complete pole building kit package, or being provided by a builder? Chances are good they are not telling you this story…… About a decade ago, we had provided a pretty good sized (60’ x […]

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What Size Overhangs Look Good?

Posted by polebarnguru on 14/10/27 @ 8:15
What Size Overhangs Look Good?

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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Sliding Door Problems

Posted by polebarnguru on 14/10/17 @ 8:00
Sliding Door Problems

Friday’s Pole Barn Humor Just follow along here….. A client wrote for Technical Support: “I have had the roof and insulated walls on for quite some time and am currently enjoying an almost complete pole building. Just yesterday I installed the two sliding doors with a friend. This leaves only the trim to be completed. […]

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Exterior Horse Stall Doors

Posted by polebarnguru on 14/10/15 @ 8:00
Exterior Horse Stall Doors

Our oldest daughter Bailey gets mentioned pretty much in most articles I write which include horses. As a National Champion as both a rider and a trainer, she has seen plenty of horse barns. As a teenager, she mucked stalls – at the facility she worked at, they had over 40 of them. None of […]

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Old Pole Barn Inspection

Posted by polebarnguru on 14/09/29 @ 8:00
Old Pole Barn Inspection

DEAR POLE BARN GURU: My school district has two adventure courses on our property. One has been up for approx 20 years. It is made with telephone poles. We are concerned that the poles may be in need of replacement. How would we know? Is there testing we could have done? ROWING ON LAKE RONKONKOMA […]

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Roof Sliding Door

Posted by polebarnguru on 14/09/26 @ 8:00
Roof Sliding Door

Yes – sliding doors can end up being placed on a roof…..just not on purpose! The photo is of a sliding door on a Morton Building owned by a friend of a Hansen Pole Buildings employee. As this is an older building, it is not intended to be a negative commentary on any of the […]

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Overhead Door Emergency Release

Posted by polebarnguru on 14/09/18 @ 8:00
Overhead Door Emergency Release

I happen to live in what might be classified as “the boonies”. It is seriously out in the midst of the forest. And when in the middle of a forest, if a tree falls down and nobody hears it – chances are it is going to clip a power line and leave me without electricity! […]

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Are Your Pole Buildings Local to Me?

Posted by polebarnguru on 14/09/15 @ 8:00
Are Your Pole Buildings Local to Me?

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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CSI: Pole Barn Blow Out

Posted by polebarnguru on 14/09/09 @ 8:00
CSI: Pole Barn Blow Out

CSI: Pole Barn Our youngest daughter, Allison, is studying to be a Forensic Psychologist. My lovely bride and I may have been culprits in this, as we sent her to a CSI (Crime Scene Investigation) camp for 10 days when she was about 11! All of the boys in her CSI class talked tough, but […]

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WalkThru Garage Door

Posted by polebarnguru on 14/08/26 @ 8:00
WalkThru Garage Door

More “True Confessions” from the Pole Barn Guru….. I’ve not only never installed one of these and never sold one – I’ve also never seen one in real life! I have not one, but TWO detached pole building garages at our house. One is two car, the other three. Each of them has an entry […]

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X-Treme Custom Hangar Doors

Posted by polebarnguru on 14/06/24 @ 8:00
X-Treme Custom Hangar Doors

X-treme Custom Hangar Doors Plattekill, New York is just a short drive north from New York City. Nestled in the trees along the highway is a unique airport, as it is home to aviators who build and fly experimental or otherwise unique aircraft. My first experience with the pilots who, for the most part, reside […]

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Hydroswing Hydraulic Doors

Posted by polebarnguru on 14/06/10 @ 8:00
Hydroswing Hydraulic Doors

I thought it to be very timely to be sitting down to write articles about hangar doors and to have the Construction Magazine Network email me with an advertisement for Hydroswing® Hydraulic Doors. Having never dealt with Hydroswing®, I began my research by checking out their website (https://hydroswing-hydraulic-doors.com/). I have to admit, I am a […]

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Horton Stack Doors

Posted by polebarnguru on 14/06/06 @ 8:00
Horton Stack Doors

Last October I was bemoaning sliding doors as a design solution for airplane hangars. At the end of the article (https://www.hansenpolebuildings.com/blog/2013/10/sliding-hangar-doors/) I threatened my loyal readers with some other alternatives. This past week, one of our clients asked us about putting a 38’4” wide by 12’ tall Horton Stack Door on a Hansen Pole Building, […]

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Curl-Lok Self Storage Doors

Posted by polebarnguru on 14/04/17 @ 8:00
Curl-Lok Self Storage Doors

I had built 100 units for a customer who had his financing collapse – and I ended up becoming the unwilling owner. In the early 1990’s I became the owner of a self-storage facility, which was the last thing I wanted to do at the time. One thing which made ownership even less enjoyable was […]

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Dear Pole Barn Guru: How Do I Make a Garage Door Opener Fit?

Posted by polebarnguru on 14/02/17 @ 8:00
Dear Pole Barn Guru: How Do I Make a Garage Door Opener Fit?

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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Random Overhead Door Musings

Posted by polebarnguru on 13/12/22 @ 8:00
Random Overhead Door Musings

In the case of most pole buildings – doors are an important feature. As long as they open and close as expected, most people really don’t give much, if any thought to them. Overhead doors offer many things which other door choices do not. Here are some things which are all too often not considered […]

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Sliding Door Openers

Posted by polebarnguru on 13/10/29 @ 8:00
Sliding Door Openers

Author’s Note: This is part 9 of a series of blogs written from a 6500+ motorcycle trip from WA to Ohio and back.  See Blog from Oct. 15th for the beginning…and hang on for the ride! It IS a Small World As my “Zen” motorcycle trip approached the home stretch, I was enjoying glorious beautiful […]

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Sliding Hangar Doors

Posted by polebarnguru on 13/10/01 @ 8:00
Sliding Hangar Doors

I grew up having to slide open hangar doors to get my Dad’s 182 Cessna in and out. I didn’t like sliding hangar doors as a design solution then, and I like them even less as an adult. Let’s start the discussion with simple….just “plain old” sliding hangar doors, mounted on the outside of the […]

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Dear Pole Barn Guru: What Makes for a Good Sliding Door?

Posted by polebarnguru on 13/09/30 @ 8:00
Dear Pole Barn Guru: What Makes for a Good Sliding Door?

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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Wood Grain Steel Overhead Doors

Posted by polebarnguru on 13/07/18 @ 8:00
Wood Grain Steel Overhead Doors

As a Wayne Dalton overhead door dealer, Hansen Pole Buildings now has new design options to offer to our valued clients. Thanks to recent enhancements, in several of their garage door lines, Model 8300 doors, part of Wayne Dalton’s Classic Steel line, now offer realistic Walnut and Golden Oak wood-grain color finishes in the Sonoma […]

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Dear Pole Barn Guru: HELP! I Bought Sliding Doors with No Instructions!

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 erected a 125’x50′ […]

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Dear Pole Barn Guru: Garage Doors & Dutch Doors

Posted by polebarnguru on 13/04/08 @ 8:00
Dear Pole Barn Guru: Garage Doors & Dutch Doors

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 DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Which is […]

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Insulated Overhead Doors

Posted by polebarnguru on 12/12/03 @ 8:00
Insulated Overhead Doors

Back in the days when I was building pole buildings (I had up to 35 crews constructing them), we frequently had our overhead sectional steel overhead doors hung by a professional door installation company. Several months after the completion of one particular building, we received a call from the client, who told us his overhead […]

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Dog Ears: Tale of the Tape

Posted by polebarnguru on 12/09/17 @ 8:00
Dog Ears: Tale of the Tape

My confession – I am a baseball fan. In baseball, the tale of the tape is usually in regards to how far a home run has been hit. Ever been to the Mall of America? The mall is built atop of the location of the old Metropolitan Stadium (one time home of the Minnesota Twins). […]

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Entry Door: Let Me Out!

Posted by polebarnguru on 12/09/13 @ 8:00
Entry Door: Let Me Out!

Let Me Out The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in New York City March 25, 1911, was the deadliest industrial disaster in the history of the city of New York and resulted in the fourth highest loss of life from an industrial accident in U.S. history. The fire caused the deaths of 146 garment workers, who […]

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Sliding Doors: Can You Put an Opener On Them?

Posted by polebarnguru on 12/06/14 @ 8:00
Sliding Doors: Can You Put an Opener On Them?

In the past three plus decades I’ve literally sold tens, if not hundreds of thousands of sliding doors as well as steel sectional overhead doors. At Hansen Pole Buildings, we get hundreds of new inquiries every day – many of these are for people who are requesting sliding “barn” style doors, for the most part […]

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Climate Control and Sliding Barn Doors

Posted by polebarnguru on 12/04/18 @ 8:00
Climate Control and Sliding Barn Doors

One of my favorites is when new clients want to climate control their building and also choose to use sliding barn doors. If you are unfamiliar with sliding doors, they are typically made from 1-1/2” thick steel or aluminum members which are screwed together at joints and then sheathed with steel siding. The doors are […]

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Wind Rated Garage Doors

Posted by polebarnguru on 11/10/10 @ 8:00
Wind Rated Garage Doors

But can it Pass a Missile Test? Many hurricane prone regions are following the state of Florida’s lead and are requiring all buildings and their components withstand a certain amount of wind pressure. Wind loaded overhead doors generally are design to withstand from 90 mph to 150 mph wind speeds. These design wind speeds are […]

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Bracing Garage Doors

Posted by polebarnguru on 11/10/07 @ 8:00
Bracing Garage Doors

  Most people with overhead style garage doors do not realize the doors they have are more than likely NOT “wind rated”. This means, in the event of winds over 50 or so miles per hour, they stand a good chance of collapsing. If the garage door fails, the wind forces inside your building increase […]

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