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Do you have any advice for me to give my husband on setting poles for a pole building? It will be a 28' x 40' garage.
With this type of construction, they usually embed pressure treated poles or posts into a hole in the ground. The bottom of the hole is at the depth of frost for your area. About 6" deep of concrete is placed in the hole. The next day the poles are installed in the hole, resting on the concrete. The poles are braced to each other or to stakes in the ground to keep them plumb in both directions and the remainder of the hole is filled with concrete. Re-bar is not required to be placed in the concrete. The next day you can start framing by cutting off the top of the poles to the correct elevation and installing the beams. Please note that most pole buildings are for agricultural purposes, not residential.
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