Pole Buildings by Adam H. Berkey
NE Oregon and SE Washington (Columbia River areas)
#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
#3) Purlin spans up to 25 ft
#5) 2x8 PT Baseboard and concrete floor level
#6) Top girt framing is sloped
Adam H. Berkey
3127 Caballo Road
Kennewick, WA 99338
WA DOL#: ADAMHHB906OL
#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
#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.