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Winch Boxes- A Post Frame Miracle

Winch Boxes – a Post Frame Miracle

Back in my M & W Building Supply days we had provided a pole barn kit package to a client in Woodburn, Oregon. One of Jim Betonte’s Farmland Structures post frame building crews was doing erection in our client’s back yard. Our office received a hostile phone call from this client about lunch time. He had come home to get a bite to eat and found his new building’s roof all framed up. 

And on the ground.

And he was less than happy…..okay he was pissed off.

He was furious because he did not want heavy equipment, like a crane, run across his yard to lift his roof up. Luckily we were able to talk him down and assured him when he came home from work his roof would be up in place and there would be no tire tracks.

True to our word, when he came home, his roof was up, there were no tire tracks and he wanted to know how we did it.

Jim’s crew refused to tell him!

Our office wouldn’t either!

We were having way too much fun at our client’s expense. He was pretty sure we had used a helicopter, he even asked his neighbors if they had heard anything unusual.

Nope.

In much of our country, post frame buildings are constructed with a truss or trusses aligned directly with building’s sidewall columns. Purlins (generally and hopefully) on edge span distances between trusses. 

I will share with you this miracle (in pictures) eventually. But first, a few words about my friend who has provided these photos.

Alex Welstad was working in Florida and Texas, doing disaster recovery following hurricanes Irma and Harvey. He returned to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho in 2017. His Florida building partners had a prior history of erecting pole buildings for years, so it was a natural niche for them. Their first year about 20 buildings were constructed and earlier this year (after another 20 or so buildings) Alex’s building partner decided it was time to move on – leaving Alex as the main man. In my short time of knowing Alex, I have learned to quickly appreciate his thirst for knowledge and willingness to work both hard and smart to have happy clients. You can learn more about Alex and his business here: http://www.builtmammothstrong.com.

Stay tuned to this station for our next exciting installment (and those promised photos).