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Low Cost Pole Building Construction Book

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Save money, time, and materials in building a barn, cottage, shed, or even a home! Drawings, plans, photos. Ralph Wolfe, 8 1/2" x 10 3/4", 173 pp.
  &nbspHistory of Pole Construction
  &nbspAttacker of Wood
  &nbspPreservative Treatments
  &nbspBuying Poles
  &nbspChoosing a Site
  &nbspChoosing a Design
  &nbspThe Fastenings to Use
  &nbspThe Process of Construction
  &nbspPlumbing and Electricity
  &nbspHeating and Cooling

  &nbspPawleys Island House
  &nbspSteen House
  &nbspHull House
  &nbspRichardson House
  &nbspKent House
  &nbspVickers House
  &nbspWestbrook House
  &nbspLebov House
  &nbspSketch of a Pole House
  &nbspSurfside House
  &nbspNine Square House
  &nbspCraddock House
  &nbspRitz House
  &nbspMacDonald House
  &nbspBetsy Ross Nursery School
  &nbspPennsylvania House
  &nbspKorean Church
  &nbspCalifornia House
  &nbspHexagon House

  &nbspSmall Barn
  &nbspDouble Garage and Tool Shed
  &nbspStorage Shed
  &nbspVacation Cottage
  &nbspYear-Round House
  &nbspSplit-Level House
  &nbspCamp Cabin 1
  &nbspCamp Cabin 2
  &nbspSolar Cottage
Appendix 1
  &nbspSuggested Tools for Pole Building
Appendix 2
Appendix 3
  &nbspMaximum Wind Speeds
  &nbspMaximum Snow Load

Excerpt from Introduction
  &nbspWould you hang your house between telephone poles? The idea is not as silly as it sounds. In fact" as some 600 000 owners of pole houses barns vacation cottages and commercial buildings in the United States and Canada will attest the idea is downright sensible. Pole building a system of widely spaced poles embedded in the ground supporting both roof and floor is an easy-to-build low-cost alternative to conventional building methods. The pole building system is easily adaptable to even the most difficult sites: steep hills rocky soils marshy or floodland areas sandy beaches hurricane or earthquake zones. And the system's simplicity places pole building within the scope of the weekend do-it-yourself or the eager but inexperienced novice.
  &nbspThough received with skepticism when first introduced on the West Coast in the 1950s pole buildings have earned the respect of the construction industry. In fact properly constructed pole buildings whether owner-built or contracted can meet all FHA requirements to qualify for mortgage insurance under local review.
  &nbspThe pole building system has an elegant clarity. Large pressure-treated wooden poles are embedded in the ground then linked at floor and roof levels with horizontal wood girders. Across these girders the floor and roof are laid; walls windows doors and fixtures attached; and the house is a home!
  &nbspBecause there is no continuous concrete or block foundation no excavation is necessary beyond digging the pole holes. The poles triple-function as foundation structural frame and wind bracing. Since the poles offer a rigid frame firmly anchored into the earth the building is highly resistant to the wind forces of shear racking overturning and uplift forces that could flatten a lesser structure.
  &nbspLabor time and materials are saved when building with poles. There's no waiting for the foundation to cure. Moreover the roof can be built before floors and walls are completed protecting workers and materials from the weather.
  &nbspPole buildings are simple enough to be assembled by unskilled workers. Less sawing is required than in conventional stud framing. No forms are needed. Since excavation and masonry work are minimized foundation costs (15 percent in the typical house) are sharply reduced and highly skilled subcontractors are not required. If the site is inaccessible or remote from roads and utility lines the entire structure can be built with hand tools (although electricity will make sawing and drilling much less tedious).
  &nbspThe poles themselves may be round like telephone poles or squared off into timbers. Squared poles make joinery somewhat easier and reduce on-site construction time. But round poles are considerably cheaper and 18 percent stronger than square poles of the same cross-sectional area. The reason for this extra strength is that area. The reason for this extra strength is that knots and other defects in round poles remain "bound in" with the surrounding wood fibers and contribute to the pole's of a lower lumber grade may be used to achieve the same strength as expensive high-grade square poles.
  &nbspSince the poles carry the roof's weight the walls are not load bearing. They therefore may be less substantial than conventional stud walls and may be built of cheaper-grade lumber. And since the walls have no roof-supporting responsibilities they are independent of the structure above and may be arranged as desired.
  &nbspPole construction has a further bonus: fire safety. Heavy timber structures are safer under fire conditions. In a severe fire stud framing will burn quickly like kindling in a fireplace. Even steel is not fire-safe: subjected to the intense heat of a fire unprotected steel expands distorts and fails collapsing the building with it. Widely spaced timbers on the other hand have the fortunate tendency to self-extinguish after forming a charred outer surface. The phenomenon is familiar to anyone who has tried in vain to set a single large log afire. This is not to say that a wooden pole building cannot burn down; it can and will. But the pole structure affords an extra measure of safety remaining in place and holding up the roof a little longer so that occupants can escape.
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