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NEW Hansen Pole Buildings “Getting It There”

NEW Hansen Pole Buildings “Getting It There”

I have always looked at what we do as being akin to logistical wizardry. When one considers it takes thousands of individual components to create even a modestly sized post frame buildings, it is a miracle anything ever gets built!

Until now, we relied upon our third party vendors for deliveries of lumber packages and trusses. Rarely would these arrive on one truck. Then there is hardware (joist hangers, specialty nails, bolts, screws, insulated commercial steel entry doors and often windows) shipped on pallets from our warehouse.

By consolidating these into a single delivery direct from us, we save our clients at least one, if not two deliveries.

Another benefit is we found our vendors to not always be reliable about notification to us or our clients, as to when deliveries would be made. Now, we make contact direct with you, as to when shipments will be departing our facility AND our trucking partner reports via GPS tracking every 15 minutes (sort of like watching progress of a Domino’s pizza on their app).

When lumber orders are processed, not only are we color coding specific members, but also double counting, to insure materials on your building’s pick list are actually getting put on truck. We even go as far as to send you photos of your assembled load!

But, you may have read shipping by truck has become expensive. Well, yes it has. However regardless of who you invest in a building from, all of those components were shipped in from usually far off destinations. Our Midwest Productions facilities and warehouse allows us to consolidate materials produced in multiple locations across U.S. and Canada at a centralized location.

We also (unless your building is huge, or you are willing to pay extra to ship alone) consolidate orders until semi trailers are full. Our pricing takes into consideration weight and volume of each and every client’s building, resulting in a highly efficient and less costly delivered outcome.

And, our huge volume of purchasing direct from mills and manufacturers, as well as cost savings from fabricating trusses at our location, results in each and every client receiving best possible products at an affordable price.

Call 1.866.200.9657 TODAY to participate in “The Ultimate Post-Frame Building Experience”.

And, don’t forget to watch for our next article!

Where We Ship, Raising Walls, and Bottom Chord Dead Loads

This week the Pole Barn Guru answers reader questions about where we ship, whether or not trying to raise pre-assembled walls is a good idea, and the use of double or single trusses when applying drywall.

DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Where do you guys ship? Nationwide? SUZANNE in BROOKSVILLE

DEAR SUZANNE: Hansen Pole Buildings is America’s leader in providing fully engineered, 100% custom designed, post frame building and barndominium kits, with multiple buildings in all 50 states. Your deliveries come from one or more of our thousands of shipping locations across the country (minimizing delivery costs) – so chances are excellent we are ‘close’ to you (as well as supporting your local economy)!


DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Hi. I love your blog. Planning a 30x60x12 pole barn for workshop and RV storage. A 20 year framer friend is planning to help with (do most of ) the building. He suggested partially assembling walls (3 poles/30’ ) on the ground, then raising to vertical, lowering into holes with already poured footers, then proceeding to brace/collar/backfill/girt. In my extensive research on your blog and the rest of the internet, I have not seen this technique mentioned. Possible? Or bad idea? Would greatly appreciate your thoughts. TIM in BUENA VISTA

DEAR TIM: Thank you for your kind words, they are greatly appreciated.

While what your framer friend proposes is possible, it is unlikely to be easier, practical, or yield a better result. In order to work, poured footers would need to be all at exactly same depth below grade and top of footing perfectly level. Any variation from this would throw off your partially assembled wall. Even if exact depth is to be thrown out and up or down was to be compensated by shooting depths with a transit and adjusting splash plank location accordingly, it would still be reliant upon tops of footings roughly three feet in ground being level.

Even should all these manipulations be done successfully, it would result in having to utilize some significant lifting equipment to raise trusses, as opposed to being able entire bays straight up columns with truss winch boxes, as pre-installed wall girts would preclude this. https://www.hansenpolebuildings.com/2019/11/winch-boxes-episode-v/
My encouragement would be to continue tried and true assembly methods as outlined in our Construction Manual.


DEAR POLE BARN GURU: Do I need double trusses if a single truss is manufactured to handle the weight of both the roof and inside ceiling?

I’m looking to get some trusses ordered for a 40×60 pole barn but am having a hard time with the bottom chord dead load as I plan on hanging sheetrock. The prebuilt trusses available are only rated at 1psf on the bottom chord, but by doubling them would I be able to hang sheetrock? If not, I’ll need custom ordered trusses, but those are rated for the full weight and I’m not sure if I still need to double them at that point.

Thanks REID

Installing a ceilingDEAR REID: While you do not necessarily “need” double trusses, there are some structural advantages to double trusses and they typically require far less bracing (read more about double trusses here: https://www.hansenpolebuildings.com/2018/09/true-double-trusses/).

Whether using a single or double truss system, you will need to order custom trusses rated specifically to carry weight of sheetrock – most usually with a 10 psf (pounds per square foot) bottom chord dead load.