Northwest Pole Buildings by Adam H. Berkey
NE Oregon and SE Washington (Columbia River areas)

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My Trademarks
    Consider the following policies I observe during my building process:

#1:  All framing lumber is hammer driver by hand with 20d nails (4").  Compare this trademark to other, larger framing crews with air compressors and nail guns only capable of shooting 16d (3.5" nails).  A smaller nail requires additional nails that pass through the lumber without a pilot/drill hole, which splits the lumber immediately, becomming more and more obvious as the years go by and the lumber shrinks.

#2:  Even before going into business on my own, I was trained, and I remain true to that training, to build heavy-duty trusses (laminated 2-ply or 3-ply trusses) glued and nailed together with plywood gussets.  Additionally, these trusses sit on TOP of posts, never hanging on the sides.  These trusses are designed by my engineer and bring a fine "well-built" feel to the building.
 

#3:  Roof purlins are set in purlin hangers rather than resting on top of trusses.  This gives the inside of the building a very clean look, and at least 6" more of overhead of the truss clearance.
 

#4:  To minimize the rotting of the treated posts a system of top and bottom restraints in the form of concrete "collars" is applied, rather than embedding each post in a solid hole of concrete.  This allows water in the posts to escape during seasonal hot and cold expansion and shrinking, and gives the posts less contact with invasive, eroding conditions.  In the case where there is no concrete floor in the building, there are bottom and top collars of concrete applied with gravel or compacted backfill in between.  In the case where there is a concrete floor, there is only a bottom collar applied, then gravel/backfill, as the concrete floor ends up serveing as a top restraint for the posts.

These and other trademarks ensure a long-lasting investment

#1)  Lumber is drilled before nailing to prevent cracking



#2) Plywood gusset trusses



#2) Site-built trusses up to 80 ft
#3) Purlin spans up to 25 ft



#4)  Concrete "collars"



#5)  2x8 PT Baseboard and concrete floor level
 
 

#6)  Top girt framing is sloped 


Adam H. Berkey
3127 Caballo Road
Kennewick, WA 99338


(509) 619-4747
WA DOL#: ADAMHHB906OL

(503) 583-4339
OR CCB#: 106260

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#5.  Concrete floors start at the bottom of the 2x8 pressure treated baseboard rather than at the top of a 2x6 baseboard.  This gives you baseboard to nail future inside sheathing to the walls.  Concrete splatter on the baseboard and posts is scraped up rather than left by the builder.
 
 
 
 
 

#6.  Before fastening the top girt and fascia girts, the boards are angled to match the slope of the roof, and provide a full flat surface for the roof sheathing to be fastened and sealed properly.