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Pole Shed - Day 1 of Construction

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Day 1 - An Amish crew of 5 guys arrives at 7am along with their driver and an enclosed trailer of tools and equipment. Once they are ready to go, they mark out the holes for the posts and around 8am a contractor with a bobcat and posthole digger arrives to dig the holes. Building inspector verified that the holes were at least 48" and away the crew goes to set the posts and skirt boards. Check out Our Big House in the Little Woods entire playlist of pole shed videos: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL6MN32Lv5HZ5HmfXIIIw1vRavguVs20Kk Suburban Buildings (garage, “man cave,” workshop, storage, toy shed, home, cabin) The Difference Between Post-Frame and Pole Barn While the two terms refer to the same type of building, “pole barn” happens to be slightly more dated. Historically, these buildings were called pole barns because builders used poles — similar to telephone poles — to support the rafters making up the roof of the building. Eventually builders began constructing with square columns which, compared to round poles, were easier to work with. Now builders use laminated columns, which are much stronger and allow post-frame structures to be utilized for many purposes. The term “pole barn” also originates from when buildings were not as technically and deliberately engineered. “Post-frame” is more correct, as it more accurately reflects the engineering and quality of the structure built. Also, here is a great resource for those considering a pole frame structure: http://www.hansenpolebuildings.com/category/constructing-a-pole-building/
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The concrete cookies are potentially problematic: http://www.hansenpolebuildings.com/2012/08/hurl-yourconcrete-cookies/
Thanks for watching +Mike The Pole Barn Guru! Your blog post on concrete cookies is great and I would definitely recommend reading it to anyone considering pole barn construction in the near future. Thanks again for the comment!
NJ CAMOCUTIE (1 year ago)
quick question are you guys going to be living in this?Also no foundation?
NJ CAMOCUTIE (1 year ago)
Thank you so much, i stumbled across you guys doing research on foundations!I am a single mom with a chunk of land trying to build on my own and at the cheapest i can do.. The more i can learn and do on my own the better, so you vid is a great resource..thanks so much for sharing......Stuck you in my favorites!!! did you order a kit?
Thanks for watching +NJ CAMOCUTIE! We have no intent on living in this building but if we had plumbing and water (maybe something to consider in the future) we definitely could. We went with the traditional style of post-frame construction that allowed us to bury our posts (treated) 4' into the ground (below the frost line for our area) and those posts sit on a 12" round concrete paver and then are backfilled and tamped with gravel. This allowed us to then pour a 5-6" floating slab which saved us the additional cost and labor of having a foundation poured. Please keep in mind that you could still pour a traditional foundation with footings and then with metal brackets have your post-frame building attached and constructed on top of the foundation (This would have been very costly for our size of building). Here is a link to all of our pole shed videos that show the process for our building: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL6MN32Lv5HZ5HmfXIIIw1vRavguVs20Kk Thanks for your questions!!!
Zoe Smith (1 year ago)
hi guys, the best results that ive had was by following the Wilfs Shed Formula (just google it) definately the most useful course that I have ever tried.
zempelfamily (1 year ago)
Looks like a good start! Enjoyed the video.
Thanks zempelfamily! It has been a fun process to see the building go up. Glad you enjoyed it!

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