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Is Hansen a Pole Building Contractor?

Welcome to Ask the Pole Barn Guru – where you can ask questions about building topics, with answers posted on Mondays.  With many questions to answer, please be patient to watch for yours to come up on a future Monday segment.  If you want a quick answer, please be sure to answer with a “reply-able” email address.

Email all questions to: PoleBarnGuru@HansenPoleBuildings.com

DEAR POLE BARN GURU: How are the pre-engineered pole barns set up.. does Hansen provide the delivery and installation? Is the slab included in the installation? Or would the slab be by “others”? Question from Ashley in Austin, TX

DEAR ASHLEY: Hansen Pole Buildings delivers custom designed pole (post frame) buildings to building sites everywhere in the continental United States, or to the docks if shipping to Alaska or Hawaii. The buildings are designed for the average person who can and will read instructions to successfully construct their own beautiful buildings.

We are not a pole building contractor, so we do not build or install anything for anyone anywhere. If you are not interested in building yourself, we can assist you in finding a contractor who can assemble some, or all, of your building kit package for you. Many of these same contractors may be qualified to provide the labor to finish a concrete slab as well.

Mike the Pole Barn Guru

DEAR POLE BARN GURU: I have a 40’x80′ metal sided pole barn that is insulated in the ceiling and walls with double bubble reflective insulation and no venting system. Don’t have any condensation issues but it gets really hot in our Okie summers. Would some sort of vents or vent fans in the ends of the building be an effective way to mitigate the heat? Thanks in advance, just found your site and really like the access to good info. Mike in Blackwell, OK

DEAR MIKE: Thank you very much for your kind words and for becoming a reader! While you might start with trying just gable vents located as high up in the endwalls as possible, it is very probable you will need to use powered fans in order to move enough air out to make a difference. Whichever choice you pick, make some provision to close them off in the winter if you are intending any sort of heating in the cooler months.

Mike the Pole Barn Guru

DEAR POLE BARN GURU: How would a rebar cage for a base plate be constructed in the right way for a horse barn? I am interested in the step by step method once you have the hole, of implementing a rebar cage in the right position, pouring the concrete and then placing the base plate. ALMOST IN AUSTIN

DEAR ALMOST: My best guess is you are actually considering constructing a steel framed barn of some sort. Historically steel framed barns are not the ideal design solution when it comes to stabling horses. The steel framework makes it difficult to attach wood stall components to, and the concrete required at ground level poses a hazard to horses.

I’d strongly urge you to consider a pole building instead. One of the wonderful thing about pole buildings is they do not require complicated, expensive and time consuming rebar cages to be poured into significantly large concrete piers. By utilizing properly pressure preservative treated wood columns, embedded into augered holes in the ground, it eliminates the need for perfectly placed base plates (or base plates at all).

Mike the Pole Barn Guru

Searching for a Contractor in All the Wrong Places

Searching for a Contractor in All the Wrong Places

Plenty of experts predict the Angie’s List business model — relying on consumers to pay for information they could get for free — is not sustainable. But Angie’s probably has a way to go before it runs out of steam. Yet even free review sites may face difficulties.

Why? As many as one-third of all online reviews are fake. At some point, consumers may decide they just don’t believe or trust what’s written. A new type of review site may change that.

The overwhelming majority of people believe word-of-mouth reviews, so why bother with online reviews which could be phony or come from a stranger when you can get a review on a contractor from a friend?

Linking through your social media spaces, review site newbies Porch and YouNeedMyGuy help consumers find building contractors their personal contacts have used.

Porch is currently now only in Seattle, with a national rollout scheduled for midsummer — focuses on home services professionals, like pole building erectors. The service is free for consumers, who can browse project images, search for pros, and also make use of an educational component to help them make informed decisions.

Professionals can create a “Free” profile or opt for a “Partner” profile, which typically receives four times as many leads. They then pay a finder’s fee when they get new business from Porch (the fee is about 5% but depends on profession and project size). Porch has no contracts or annual or monthly fees.

microphoneOn YouNeedMyGuy, a consumer creates a profile which links to a social media platform of his choosing. Looking for a pole builder? Several names appear along with details about who reviewed the company. The more people the consumer knows who reviewed the business, the higher ranked the business will be. Since the system is based on personal connections, even small companies have the chance to rank first. A business cannot buy a top spot.

For pole building contractors, these kinds of sites help enhance, not control, the online review process — and their use may be news worth spreading from friend to friend.