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Calling for the Wall Steel Stretcher

Calling For The Wall Steel Stretcher

In our last episode, the dilemma of how to get a smooth roof plane was solved, to the apparent joy of all involved.

However up cropped a new challenge, contributed to by us however pretty much on the builder and this is why.

You may recall the eave height of the building was to be 16 foot and five inches.

Long time readers will recall eave height appears to be a challenge for some of the most experienced readers, so much so as it is indicated no less than five times on every set of Hansen Pole Buildings plans, as well as 51 times in the Hansen Pole Buildings Construction Manual.

For more insights into eave height please read: https://www.hansenpolebuildings.com/2015/02/eave-height-2/.

Our aforementioned Building Wizard decided to ignore the eave height markings found on multiple pages of the engineer sealed plans, and perhaps didn’t open the cover of the Construction Manual. Instead, one of our draftspersons had errantly placed a dimension on the plans for a height to the bottom of an LVL across an overhead door opening – and instead of questioning why this one single dimension did not add up to the multitude of places on the plans which had the correct dimension, he proceeded to construct the building 3 and ½ inches TOO TALL!!

Then he wondered why it was the wall steel was going to be too short!

Well, in order to prevent a major panic and cost, we came up with a solution to increase the height of the fascia by the needed difference. Here is when I got to personally fall into the trap of blunder – as I drew the correct trim on the “fix” drawing and put an incorrect part number with it. This resulted in the wrong trims being delivered to the jobsite and sending the builder off to Rantville.

And the “soffit nailer”? On the plans it is only described as the distance it is located down from the eave height – which is now 3-1/2 inches higher than the plans show. No, the distance from grade did not change, however it did move this distance down from the eave height, in order to make all of the wall steel work.

The fascia trim issue was solved by the client having some custom trims made locally, in exchange for us providing three extra sheets of roof steel to make up for the ones the builder bungled.

In the end, client gets a beautiful new building, builder gets to maintain his ego trip and happiness is maintained in post frame building land.

All’s well that ends well.

When the Truss People Do the Dog

Yes, it happens.

My long time readers will recall I owned two prefabricated light gauge metal plate connected wood truss plants in a not too distant past.

And yes – this may come as a surprise – truss people are not perfect.

In this particular case, we had set out what we needed explicitly as far as the aforementioned butt cut sizes, truss loadings, etc. (Read previous two blogs to catch up.)

Well, the truss people decided to quote all 26 trusses exactly the same!!

We happen to buy lots of trusses from these folks – they are by far the largest wholesale manufacturer of trusses in the Northeastern United States. The number of errors they have made in the nearly 15 years we have been their customer could be counted upon in one hand, and leave fingers left over.

Turns out they picked this one.

Now Hansen Pole Buildings does have Justine (the goddess of all things to be delivered to your new building kit – including trusses). Justine handles tens of thousands of orders a year, the huge majority of them perfectly and seamlessly, without a hitch. Trusses, lumber, steel, doors, down to the infinitesimal screw – Justine does it all.

Well – sure enough, this is the hitch job. Justine didn’t catch the “oops” on the part of the truss manufacturer.

building-plansNow it is possible, just maybe, the uber-experienced builder might have looked at the building plans and caught the double lined box with red print which says (in CAPS), “TRUSSES IN THIS AREA HAVE STANDARD ¼” HEEL CUT; OTHER TRUSSES HAVE 11/16” HEEL CUT SO THE BOTTOM OF ALL TRUSSES ARE AT THE SAME POINT.”

Mr. Experienced Builder, however, did not notice all of the trusses were identical and didn’t call until AFTER he had all of the truss carriers up in place at the same level. He was wondering what to do with the hump in the roof which would be caused by the 7/16” OSB in the last eight feet of the roof.

Success in construction is measured not by everything being perfect, but by how challenges get handled. This one was fairly simple upon recommendation from Hansen Pole Buildings (after, of course, consulting with our Registered Professional Engineer who designed the structure) – the end trusses and the trusses at four feet in from each end could be placed into a notch on the top of the truss carriers 7/16” deep to compensate, without negative structural consequences and all was good.

There was now peace on Earth and all was happiness.


Please tune in tomorrow, same time, same channel for more in the continuing saga!

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