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How We Build Pole Barns - Step by Step

How We Build Pole BarnsStep 1 - Prep the Area

Sod is stripped from the Building Floor Area, Set Aside, Batter Boards are set to square the Building with a String Line. The String represents the outside of the Posts. Once the String is True and Square the Post Locations are Marked for Drilling.

 

How We Build Pole BarnsStep 2 - Holes are Drilled

Holes are drilled with our Bobcat and 20" Auger. We Compact the bottom of the holes with a Foundation Tamper and Place 8" - 10" of Wet Ready Mix Concrete in each hole.

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How We Build Pole BarnsStep 3 - Concrete

Ready Mix Concrete is mixed in the Bobcat Bucket. Then Shoveled into each hole 8" - 10" Thick, and smoothed out. Once the Concrete hardens we have a Solid Footing for the Posts.

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How We Build Pole BarnsStep 4 - Setting the Posts

The Posts are set True & Plumb to the String running from the Batter Boards. We back fill the holes with the soil we removed drilling and compact. This lets water drain away from the posts extending their durability. Notice how the Gable Posts "Set Up" to Stiffen the Gable Trusses.

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How We Build Pole BarnsStep 5 - Shooting in the Posts

We use a Transit to "Shoot in" the Corner Posts. This gives us a "Level Point" at the corners. We'll then take the surrounding grade, adjoining driveways, grade slope, and other factors into considerations to determine the proper "Finished Floor Height" of the Building. We'll use our Level Point to locate the top of our Skirt Board, and Chalk a line on the Posts to set the Skirt to.

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How We Build Pole BarnsStep 6 - Wall Frame

All members are nailed to the Treated Posts with ACQ Approved Hot Dipped Galvanized Fasteners. We use a lot of 2x4 Diagonal Bracing as we go to be sure the Building stays Plumb and Square.

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How We Build Pole BarnsStep 7 - Stubbies are Installed

Excess Post Blocks called "Stubbies" are installed to the Sidewall Headers at the Truss layout Marks. The Trusses will sit on the Header along side the Stubbies and be Nailed to the Stubbies with 5" Gal. Barn Nails.

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How We Build Pole BarnsStep 8 - Gable Trusses are Set

Gable Trusses are set and Barn Nailed to the Gable Posts. Notice how the Gable has vertical 2x4 nailers for the wall sheeting to come. The Gable Posts are taller to stiffen and brace the Gable Ends. We run a String Line on the Starting Gable and Brace it Straight to the String. This gives us a True and Straight End to Brace the Main Roof Trusses to. Wall Headers are Screwed to Posts with GRK 5/16" x 5 1/18" Screw Lags.

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How We Build Pole BarnsStep 9 - Setting the Main Trusses

We set the Main Trusses one at a time using the Starting Braced Gable to Straighten and Brace the Main Trusses as we go using the 24" o.c. Steel Truss Spreader Braces.

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How We Build Pole BarnsStep 10 - Bracing the Building "Dead Straight"

Before going on to permanent Truss Lateral Bracing, Rough Fascia, or anything else we brace the Building "Dead Straight." first we run a String Line down one of the Sidewall Headers. The we Push the Building Straight to the String and run 2.4 Braces to hold it in place until the Roof Decking is installed. Then the Braces come down and the Building will Stay "Dead Straight."

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How We Build Pole BarnsStep 11 - Sidewall Rough Fascia

Once the Building is Straight & Braced we install the Manufacturer Required Truss Web and Lateral Bracing. Then we Measure, Chalk a Line and Cut the Trusses Tails to the proper length for our Sidewall Overhangs and install our 2x6 Sidewall Rough Fascia.

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How We Build Pole BarnsStep 12 - Sheet the Roof

Next we Sheet the Roof with 1/2" OSB using H-Clips at joints and nailing off as we go. Cut in our Gable Overhangs and Vents. Nail in and Trim our 2x6 Gable Rough Fascia. Run our Drip Edge, Ice/Water Shield along both sidewalls, Roof Felt, and the Shingle the Roof. We prefer 30 Dimensional Shingles.

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How We Build Pole BarnsStep 13 - Wall Sheeting

Next we sheet the Building Exterior Wall with 1/2" OSB. We cut tight to our Window & Door Openings, and Overlap our Corners to Create a Nice & Tight Building. With our 2x4 Girters at 16"o.c. rather than the typical 24" our Buildings are Straighter and Stronger than others.

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How We Build Pole BarnsTight & Strong

You Just Can't Get the "Old Fashioned" Steel Sided Pole Barns Tight & Strong Like This.

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How We Build Pole BarnsStep 14 - House Wrap

The Wall Sheeting has been completed and now we install the House Wrap. We overlap all joints. House Wrap not only "Tightens Up" the Building but helps shed water along edges of Vinyl Siding Trim.

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How We Build Pole BarnsStep 15 - Exterior Finish

With Vinyl Siding the first step is to Box the Overhangs. Then Hang Windows & Doors. We place Brick Mold or Flat Casing Trim Backers at the Overhead Door Openings and Wrap them with Aluminum Coil to Create a Maintenance Free Exterior. We then install Vinyl Corners, J Channel, Starter Strip, and we're ready to begin siding.

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How We Build Pole BarnsStep 16 - Concrete & Esc

Next the Fill Sand is Bucketed in and Graded with the Bobcat. Our Workers Fine grade and Compact the Sand to the proper height. The Concrete Floor is poured using a 6 Sack, Native Stone, 0 Air Mix with 6x6 Remesh throughout. Then the Aprons Sidewalks ect are Formed and poured with a 6 Sack Limestone with Full Air Mix with 6x6 Remesh and Doweled to the Concrete Floor with 1/2" Steel Rebar Dowels 3'o.c. Here 1/8" Maisonette was used to form the Curved Sidewalk.

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How We Build Pole BarnsStep 17 - Vinyl Siding Installation

With the Concrete done and Trim installed Vinyl Siding Installation is next.

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How We Build Pole BarnsStep 18 - The Aprons

Notice on our Aprons there is a 3/4" Lip from the Floor to the Apron which is 3" into the Building. The Overhead Door actually rests on the Apron not the Floor Creating a Better Seal to keep Blowing Snow & Rain off your Floor.

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How We Build Pole BarnsStep 19 - Clean Up & Final Grading

We Clean up and Remove Off Site all Scrapes & Debris. We use the Previously Stripped Sod & Top Soil to ReGrade around the Building to Fill Low Areas and Restore the Yard

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The Finished Product
another High Quality "Jarvis Post Building"
over 1500 Built Since 1981

How We Build Pole Barns

Kyle Kraft 36'x 48',X. 12' 6/12 Pitch
1709 Van Kal, Kalamazoo
Vinyl Siding Pkg. Coil Wrapped Overhead Doors & Entry Door
12" Boxed Overhangs Sidewalls & Gable Ends
Complete Excavation, Concrete Floor & Apron
Built November 2004