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Making a pole shed for my tractor.

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Jc

08-08-2002 19:36:49




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A little off the topic here, but has anyone made a pole shed before? I am thinking about building one and would like some advice. Any tips and tricks on how to build? I am thinking about making it a 24 by 36 building. Thanks
Jc




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Greg Ballantyne

08-09-2002 22:05:31




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 Re: Making a pole shed for my tractor. in reply to Jc, 08-08-2002 19:36:49  
I've built several, different styles. The latest is being built by someone else, since it is ABI (after back injury, 1999) my days of snatching up that 6x6x16 treated post and walking away with it are over, but you can never have enough buildings & sheds.



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JK-NY

08-09-2002 18:47:15




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 Re: Making a pole shed for my tractor. in reply to Jc, 08-08-2002 19:36:49  

I built a 30x48 pole barn last year-Trusses 4'oc,6x6 poles 8' oc. I purchased the materials as a package from 84 lumber . delivery and plans were included. They were very good to deal with, if you're in the northeast I'd recommend checking with them. Get your site level before you start, put down crushed stone before you start if you want some for a floor inside .It is much easier to do the site work with nothing in the way.Except for a bulldozer to level the site, and some friends who helped me get the trusses up I built it myself and it came out well.

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John S-B

08-09-2002 16:32:21




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 Re: Making a pole shed for my tractor. in reply to Jc, 08-08-2002 19:36:49  
Try looking for plans at your local buiding supply place or lumber yard. Some even give the plans for free if you buy one of their package deals. I built a 13x36 shed w/two 12x10 doors for less than 3,000, and that includes the gravel. Some times the pakage deals are a little light on construction but you can always beef it up as you are building. Talk to the guys at the store they usally have someone that can help you modify existing plans to suit your needs. I plan to add a concrete floor later when funds permit. You also may be able to build a shed in stages if you don't have time or money to do it all at once like me.

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Eldon

08-10-2002 07:38:01




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 Re: Re: Making a pole shed for my tractor. in reply to John S-B, 08-09-2002 16:32:21  

Lumber yards out here advertise "free" plans and a video with their packages......I put together my own package for about $2000 less. Guess that "free" video had it's price!



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John S-B

08-11-2002 18:36:45




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 Re: Re: Re: Making a pole shed for my tractor. in reply to Eldon, 08-10-2002 07:38:01  
I guess it depends on where you go. I got plans for a 22x26 two car garage with a gambrel roof a 2nd floor storage that had complete blueprints for everything and step by step instructions, materials list and even templates for the angle cuts on the rafters. I got these at 84 Lumber for around $8.00 a set. they have dozens of designs for garages and sheds. You can't beat that! You don't have to buy anything, they're sold separately. I got the plans for my loafing shed for free, just asked for the plans to one of their package deals and they made a copy.

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Eldon

08-08-2002 21:49:02




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 Re: Making a pole shed for my tractor. in reply to Jc, 08-08-2002 19:36:49  

I just finished mine a few weeks ago. I designed and built it myself. It is 36 x 60 with a 14' sidewall and a 14 x 60 lean-to. I used a double truss system for the roof, 6x6 poles 12' on center set in 2' dia. holes filled with concrete 42" deep. I've got a nice fiber mesh reinforced concrete floor and a 12 x 36 loft in the rear. It has a 16 x 12'h overhead door centered on the gable end and a 12 x 13h slider centered on the side opposite the lean-to. I did the deluxe trim for a professional look. I've got around $18k in materials, permits and about 60 hours of hired labor. I have a couple of pics on my webpage.

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redrev

08-09-2002 17:53:25




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 Re: Re: Making a pole shed for my tractor. in reply to Eldon , 08-08-2002 21:49:02  
Great shed...I'm jealous! Nice tractors and a nice place to put them. A fine job!



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Eldon

08-09-2002 18:12:20




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 Re: Re: Re: Making a pole shed for my tractor. in reply to redrev, 08-09-2002 17:53:25  

Thanks....I'm really enjoying it. All the tractors fit nicely under the lean-to, and are a lot easier to get to that way. It's surprising, but the interior seems alot smaller once you put a few things in there. I'm glad I went up from the 30 x 40 that I had planned. I was going to add the lean-to later, but was glad I didn't.



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Tony

08-09-2002 11:42:56




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 Re: Re: Making a pole shed for my tractor. in reply to Eldon , 08-08-2002 21:49:02  
The shed looks great. So does all the orange paint. I have a couple of questions:

What do you mean by a double truss? Most sheds here (nc mo) are 7 or 8 ft on center. Where are you located?
Why did you lower the level of the lean too? Did you insulate? If so, how?


I'm getting ready to do a 35X56 myself and could use a little free advice.

Thanks in advance,

Tony



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Eldon

08-09-2002 12:18:29




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 Re: Re: Re: Making a pole shed for my tractor. in reply to Tony, 08-09-2002 11:42:56  

A double truss is one truss on each side of the post (just one on the outside of the post on the ends) for a total of 10 trusses for 60'. I used joist hangers to attach 2x8 perlins in between the joists. I set the poles and attached the 2x6 side girts first. I then poured the floor to have a nice work surface. We then built up the trusses/perlins for the center 12' section and end sections on the floor. I bolted winches to the top of the posts and we ran them with cordless drills (handles removed) to raise the three sections. I calculated each section weighed about a ton! Then came the hard part....filling in the perlins between the sections. Then the gable end girts were put on and it was ready to enclose. I used a 2" insulation blanket on the roof. It comes in a roll 6' wide and is cut to length. We rolled out 6 ft at a time on a CALM day.
I then trimmed out the windows, doors, eves and base before I sided it.

I dropped the lean-to down 2 feet so that I could use 2' precut light panels above it. The slope was determined by the snow load required using 1 3/4" x 9" microlams for the roof. They cost almost as much as the trusses!

The lean-to was a great help when roofing the main building. I temporarily nailed waferboard on it to work off of. My loader only reaches 8', so I was able to lift materials up to the top of the lean-to only.

All steel was ordered to length to the inch. A local company forms everything from a roll, so any lenth is possible. They also formed any special trim that I wanted. I bought a slider kit for the door. It is all steel and aluminum channels making it lighter and stronger.

I also wrapped the lower 6' inside the building with waferboard to give nice nailing surfaces and discourage theives from breaking in.

I designed the building with 3' steel in mind, so I never had to cut a sheet lengthwise except for around the doors.

I live near Spokane, WA.

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Trent Williams

08-08-2002 20:02:44




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 Re: Making a pole shed for my tractor. in reply to Jc, 08-08-2002 19:36:49  
My Dad built a 24 x 40 with 2x4 walls. It has vertical vinyl siding with a wood look. Three sides (right, left, front) of the building have a roof that extends out about 10 feet. You can drive through, keep things in the dry on the 3 sides (supported by vertical 6x6 treated about every 10 feet) The building itself has a 5/12 pitch and the 3 sides have a 3/12 pitch. The garage doors are around back. It looks really good, has a bathroom, windows, electricity. I think he has around $22,000 invested in materials.

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