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Plans Support / Re: Perma Columns
Last post by NathanS - Yesterday at 10:15:41 AM
I have read about these before. I think they are engineered so that the joint between concrete and pt post is strong enough to satisfy the bracing requirements of pole buildings?

I think it is a good solution if you are building a pole structure. The PT wood available at most lumber yards will rot away under ground contact, whereas the concrete pier is a permanent solution.

The main thing is to make sure you understand pole bracing as there's no prescriptive method to follow as far as I know.

It will also change how the house walls are framed substantially - headers, insulation, water and air proofing, electrical, finishes. A potential cost to consider with a pole building is that you end up essentially framing it twice for a finished space. You'll probably still need a slab, and will need to excavate interior ground for a good base for it as well as plumbing.

Just me, but when I think my way through alternative building methods I often reason my way back to traditional methods due to cost, ease of construction, ability to follow established methods, and materials availability.
Referral Links / Re: Wall Plugin for SketchUp
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General Forum / Re: backfill gravel under foot...
Last post by darksidedi - April 17, 2024, 09:53:51 PM
If you want to ensure that your foundation remains above the water line, you can dig an additional 6" and backfill with gravel. This will help elevate the foundation above the water level. By adding an inch or two above the water line, you create a buffer to mitigate any potential issues caused by water pooling.
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General Forum / Re: Tall retaining foundation ...
Last post by oksana - April 15, 2024, 09:08:01 PM
The design of the concrete retaining wall itself should incorporate appropriate engineering principles, such as proper reinforcement, adequate footing, and wall thickness, to withstand the lateral soil pressure.
Plans Support / Perma Columns
Last post by ktgambill - April 15, 2024, 05:32:33 PM
I have the Big Enchilada plans as well as the 1.5 story cottage plans. Plans are to build the 1.5 story and a couple of other small buildings on 7.5 acres.  I was wondering if anyone here has any experience with Perma Columns.  They are pre cast concrete piers with 10,000 psi concrete + 60,000 psi rebar and a powder coated pre set 1/4 inch steel bracket.  Standard length is 60".  They are typically used in post frame construction (pole barns, etc.). I am exploring using them in place of a PT post foundation or a Sonotube type poured pier. The idea is to attach a short 6x6 post to the Perma Column bracket just above grade and then run the beam on top of the post.  They have flanges at the bottom for uplift protection and typically sit on a concrete "cookie".  Can level them up by cutting the 6x6 post. They run about $200 a piece.

General Forum / Re: Attach the shed roof to my...
Last post by achevalley - April 13, 2024, 11:44:24 AM
Hello Ivanhyde,
Thank you for sharing your question!  We have put together a short response and linked an accompanying youtube video which we hope will help answer your question.  We also recommend consulting a structural engineer for further clarifications if needed.   

When attaching a ledger board where there is no rim beam certain precautions need to be taken.  First, you need to install a lateral tensioner to keep the ledger and rafters from pulling away from the building.  Second, you need to make sure there is blocking installed between the joists, or you can see if you can install a rim joist to fit flush with ext. of sheathing.  Your ledger will be anchored by the Lateral Tensioner and then screwed into the blocking.  You will need to make sure the vapor barrier is replaced and secure and all moisture has the ability to run out and away from the surface. 

Video to help explain here:

(The Lateral Tensioner they used in the video is:  Simpson DTT2Z)
General Forum / Re: 4x6 floor joists??
Last post by evawillms - April 12, 2024, 12:22:48 AM
Quote from: billy boy on December 05, 2023, 02:04:19 PMI'm no expert, but I've seen similar setups before. Using an LVL and steel I beams sounds like a solid plan for support. The 4x6 joists might work, especially if they're true 4x6 and tied into the 2x6 top plates well. Just make sure everything's level and properly secured. Maybe get a local builder's opinion to be safe.
While the plan you described could potentially work, it's important to consider several factors and consult with a local builder or structural engineer to ensure safety and compliance with building codes.