Category Archives: tools

Smartphone App to Test Lumber Strength

Posted by polebarnguru on 19/03/07 @ 8:00
Smartphone App to Test Lumber Strength

I have been a proponent of machine rated lumber since I bought my first truckload to be made into trusses at Coeur d’Alene Truss (http://www.cdabuilders.com/) back in 1978. Years later I spent five terms on the Board of Directors of the Machine Stress Rated Lumber Producers Council (http://www.msrlumber.org/). I have opined previously on the merits […]

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Ladder Safety

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

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

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New in the Hammer World

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

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

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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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Titanium Hammers on Galvanized Fasteners

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/06/07 @ 8:00
Titanium Hammers on Galvanized Fasteners

Back to Vincent’s Question A few days ago Vincent Phelps postulated this question: “Titanium hammers claim to put a greater amount of energy into the nail. What impact (no pun intended) does that have on galvanized fasteners? I’ve seen failure of the protective coating and even the heads being broken by worn out by air […]

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Hammer Handles

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/06/03 @ 8:00
Hammer Handles

For some reason, I have always liked framing hammers with wooden handles. Always felt far more comfortable in my hand than composites or steel handles. Hickory handles beat synthetic materials for strength, and also have the benefit of less vibration. Wood transfers less vibration than metal. Some hammers have a fiberglass shaft core or a glass […]

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Titanium Hammers

Posted by polebarnguru on 16/06/02 @ 8:00
Titanium Hammers

I appreciate long time reader Vincent Phelps – Vincent, I know you are reading this and thank you! Vincent appears to be always on the lookout for technology and new and better ways to build bigger mousetraps (buildings). Here was a recent question he sent to me on Facebook (yes, we are Facebook friends): “Titanium […]

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Swenson Shear to Cut Steel

Posted by polebarnguru on 14/10/14 @ 8:00
Swenson Shear to Cut Steel

More Ways to Cut Steel When I owned M & W Building Supply in the 1980’s, for a plethora of reasons we would end up with extra sheets of steel roofing and siding. Sometimes it would just be a quantity error on a takeoff, other times clients would just plain change their minds. As people […]

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Sheet Metal Cutting Tools

Posted by polebarnguru on 14/10/10 @ 8:00
Sheet Metal Cutting Tools

There is absolutely nothing finer than a recommendation from one of our clients on a tool, process or procedure which they have used to make construction of their new Hansen Pole Building kit package easier. A challenge, for many, is having to cut steel panels and trims with various sheet metal cutting tools often being […]

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American Made Tools

Posted by polebarnguru on 14/01/23 @ 8:00
American Made Tools

DeWALT® has announced it will build more than 600 different tools in the United States. Their focus is not on where the materials for the tools come from, but on where the tools are assembled. The new lines sporting the “Built in the USA” sticker include 32 hand tools, 48 power tools and 562 accessories. […]

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