Should I Make my Own Glulam Columns?
I’ve been internet chattering back and forth with a gentleman named Chris, who is probably never going to order a Hansen Pole Building, but it is okay – we have thousands of clients a year who are knocking at our doors (figuratively) ready to place their orders.
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Here is an excerpt from our most recent discussion:
Chris: “And I was going to make the laminated posts gluing and baking them, I have a local lumber company (not Lowe’s or HD ) they have good treated lumber that can be placed in ground.”
Me: “The most important things to me are people getting great buildings and good value for their investment.
Here are just a few reasons….
The 2×6 they use to make them is nearly half again stronger than anything you can buy at the lumber yard;
They use glue which is designed to hold up – even under ground and in wet conditions;
In order to get a true glue bond, the wood must be planed, then glued within 24 hours;
They have the equipment to press them during curing – which keeps them nice and straight;
The time alone you save will more than pay for them.
There are plenty of ways to save money on your new post frame (pole) building kit – building your own glulaminated columns is not one of them. If you want to save both time and money (and end up with a better building), spend a few hours browsing about the nearly 1200 articles I have written and/or the over 600 questions I have answered from my loyal readers.
Have an idea and want to know if it is practical or not? Run it past me…. I’ll give you the straight story, every time.