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Pole barns are easier to build than structures using typical construction methods. Our pole barn kits include detailed plans making it easy to construct your project.

There are many great reasons to build a pole barn including foundation savings, easy site adaptability, structural stability, and of course, versatility.

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Pole Barn Construction Guide Step By Step

1. Building Codes
2. Site Selection
3. Soil Rating Chart
4. Soil Bearing Capacity
5. Post Foundations
7. Post Embedment Techniques
8. Footer Size Calculator
9. Squaring Up Your Building
10. Setting Posts
11. Skirt Board / Grade Board / Splash Board
12. Installing Girts
13. Post Frame Construction
14. Pole Barn Hardware
15. Interior Wall Framing
16. Platform Framing
17. Condensation & Ventilation
18. Insulation
19. Metal Siding Panel Length Calculator
20. Metal Roof Panel Length Calculator
21. Cubic Yard Calculator
22. Roof Styles
23. Roof Pitch
24. Roof Trusses
25. Truss Bracing
26. Truss Connection Details
27. Roof Truss Calculator
28. Building Rafters
29. Roof Rafter Calculator
30. Barn Doors
31. Pole Barn Construction Pictures

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1.  elevated building pad size extends 3' beyond building all sides
2.  inset corner posts 1 1/2" to provide room for wall girts
3.  embed corner posts - temp. bracing
4.  embed remaining posts - temp bracing
5.  establish grade. nail skirt board around perimeter beginning at corner post with highest grade
6.  from grade mark building wall height on eave posts
7.  fasten truss supports where marked extending corner supports 1 1/2" beyond corner posts
8.  fasten wall girts per building plan
9.  fasten opening headers per building plan
10. mark purlin locations on top chord of trusses per plan
11. mark lateral bracing locations on bottom chord of trusses per plan
12. mark ridge purlin location to fit ridge cap
13. fasten stub posts to truss supports per plan
14. Ref BCSI-B10 truss bracing docs,fasten trusses to posts & stub posts, bracing as construction is completed
15. install lateral bracing, sway bracing, purlins per plan
16. install blocking or fascia board (if overhang) to end of truss tails
17. fasten eave trim
18. install metal roofing
19. fasten gable trim
20. install ridge cap
21. fasten rat guard to skirt board
22. fasten overhang trim to truss support (if overhang)
23. fasten soffit and angle trim (if overhang)
24. install siding
25. install wall corner trim


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