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Post-frame building handbook

 Post-frame building handbook: materials, design considerations, construction procedures 

Post-frame building handbook



Post-frame utility buildings, formerly called "pole barns," are versatile and economical structures. They can be appropriate for storing machinery or housing livestock. Other uses include residential and commercial buildings, boat sheds, fair exhibit buildings, corn cribs, horizontal silos, hay barns, shops, utility sheds, covered feed bunks, lumber sheds, warehouses, roadside stands, cabins, and airplane hangars. This handbook will help you understand design considerations involved in the construction of a post-frame building. In some cases, particularly in rural areas where professional design help is not readily available, the information in this handbook may be used to complete the preliminary design of an agricultural building, storage shed, or other uninhabited structure

From livestock shelters to feed storages to warehouses, post-frame utility buildings, formerly called "pole barns," are versatile and economical structures. In a clear, easy-to-follow style, presents the latest design considerations and construction methods for post-frame buildings. Enhanced by 60 illustrations and 31 tables, the book provides essential information for the preliminary design of a modern post-frame structure.

This is a major revision of Pole and Post Buildings: Design and Construction Handbook (1984). The revision, which is 36 pages longer and includes 38 additional figures, provides completely new sections on building codes and zoning, functional planning, heating and ventilation considerations, engineered wood products, stresses in wood, earthquake loading requirements, design load requirements, importance factors, and diaphragm action in modern post-frame building design. Sections on the following topics have been expanded and updated: bulk storage of commodities, preservative treatment, structural lumber grades, site drainage and planning, foundations, frost action, trusses and roof bracing, fasteners, safety, and structural loading. The book utilizes the latest design specifications applicable to a modern post-frame building. Other features include 6 completed examples of important design procedures and calculations, and 59 figures that illustrate important construction concepts and details.

Detailed maps present newly revised snow loads, wind loads, and extreme frost depths across the continental United States. A revised appendix includes a handy list of unit conversion factors, a table summarizing sectional properties of standard dressed sawn lumber, and a construction checklist. Post-Frame Building Handbook is an ideal guide and ready reference for those working in the lumber or construction industry and for others who want to learn the fundamentals of post-frame building construction.

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