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Construction Concerns: Pole Buildings

By Gregory Havel Pole buildings are common in suburban and rural areas. Small versions are most common in suburban areas and are often used for storage, garages, and hobby shops as well as for barns on hobby farms. Larger versions are more common in rural areas and are used for storing machinery, as repair shops, and for housing farm animals. A pole building can be as wide as a truss can span, and can measure hundreds of feet long. Photo 1 shows a small pole building under construction in a subdivision in a rural area. The poles were set in holes bored into the ground by machine, braced in line, and plumb with the holes filled with concrete. Permanent horizontal bracing (girts) were nail...

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