Building my free 32 x 50 garage

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  1. OsborneConst

    OsborneConst Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    32x50 post frame with 12' ceilings
    2-10 x 10 insulated overhead doors
    Architectural shingles
    Light grey metal siding with a dark grey wainscot on the bottom

    I am planning on starting next week. The blueprints showed up today, and I got the building permit yesterday. Everything has come in except the trusses and the posts, which are supposed to be in by this weekend. I was planning on doing it slowly over the summer, but I think I am going to take the week off work and try to get most of it done. Lots of pics to follow.
     
  2. daddio4048

    daddio4048 Veteran Member

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    How is the building free ?
     
  3. OsborneConst

    OsborneConst Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    I'm not sure if you are familiar with Menards, as it is primarily a Midwest company, but similar to lowes or Home Depot. I get a percentage back at the end of the year for everything I purchase there. Every item is different, as some manufactures have an extra percentage on top of the base percentage and that varies from 2% to 12%. They also run sales ( like they are this week) where you get an 11% rebate on everything in the store. After saving all of the rebates ( in-store credit good only at Menards) for a little over a year, I had enough to get all of the materials for free.
     
  4. The Champ

    The Champ Veteran Member

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    John Menard used to be a customer of mine when I lived 20 minutes from Menard's headquarters in Eau Claire, WI. Knowing what I know - I won't buy anything from Menard's.

    PM me if you want more info.
     
  5. CB-Man

    CB-Man Veteran Member

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    Dang I wish could get all my materials for free!
     
  6. fbody_mike

    fbody_mike Veteran Member

    Wow, you must buy from Menards like I buy from Autozone, but on a bigger scale.

    Is the foundation already done?
     
  7. OsborneConst

    OsborneConst Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Since it is post frame construction, there is no foundation. I am hoping to start this weekend or this upcoming week, but it looks like it is supposed to start raining this weekend, so I guess I'll wait and see.
     
  8. Keizer

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    Not exactly true. The posts sitting on concrete footings is the foundation. Each post takes a % of the weight of the structure. The weight is generated down each post and is supported by the post/concrete footing. No foundation would cause each post to sink, and your building to look like total dog dung.
     
  9. OsborneConst

    OsborneConst Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Your theory is correct, but what I said is correct. The post sits on a footing, not a foundation. They are separate componets of a structure. Evan a poured wall/ brick wall needs to sit on a footing. But either way, other than locating the corner posts no work has begun as I don't like to leave the footings exposed and the holes open without setting the posts especially in sand, because its no fun to re-dig the holes by hand after the sides cave in. The posts are supposed to be in on Saturday.
     
  10. Keizer

    Keizer BANNED

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    Correct, but a post frame building still has a foundation of sorts. There's the footing, and then the post which I consider part of the foundation. A stem wall of sorts. When I have the posts all set on their footings, and the post holes back filled, I call that the foundation. Everything on the building is supported by this system. The very definition of a foundation is a structure that transfers loads to the earth. That's exactly what the posts and footing do. A foundation is not specific to what you find on a stick built garage or house. There are many different types of foundations.
     

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