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I'm barn dumb. Question for Mark Hendershot
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Scott Hansen    Posted 05-22-2002 at 12:51:29       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Someday I'll build something that shape on a much smaller scale. But, I'm a little confused. The initial poles. I take it they were cemented in. Huch much cement? How deep? It looks like there are 4 per row, like bulkheads. Then they are tied together on the sides by 2x4s? What holds the trusses up?

Mark Hendershot    Posted 05-22-2002 at 18:21:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
If you look at the above Day 3 framing post you will see how it is done. Mark H.

Mark Hendershot    Posted 05-22-2002 at 13:49:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
Watch enough of them built and it gets easier. The concrete is realy for up lift because of wind getting under the roof line. The trusses bolt to the top of the pole. There are two one on each side of the post per main crossing. The perlins or cross boards support the roof metal and help keep the truss up on edge and from tipping to the side. The 2 X 6 on the sides is what they screw the metal to. The poles are in the ground 4 ft but could go 3 ft for shorter buildings. The concrete normaly is poured in a 18 inch hole with a sack of dry mix concrete on the bottom of the hole or a pad of concrete. As far as support the load on the truss is straite down and the design of it keeps it from spreading so the poles are realy not a bulk head but like legs of a table. There are blocks that go under the truss along with the bolts and nails. Once the metal is on the shear strenth to the building is much greater due to them metal being attached to all the wood and making it like a big box. I hope this helps. Mark H.

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