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Avoid This Metal Building Foundation Mistake

Don’t Jump the Gun on Pouring the Slab! It is tragic how many times people make the costly blunder of pouring their metal building foundation too soon. The uninitiated think, Well pouring a slab is simple, right? I’ll just get that part of the project all finished up, then call and order a steel building to fit my slab. That is the best way, right? WRONG! Fundamentals Before Foundations Pre-engineered steel building foundations are complex. The structure and the foundation… Read More

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Wind Zones and Metal Buildings

How Wind Ratings Affect Building Codes Wind factors into the design of all construction, including metal buildings. As we enter the peak of the hurricane season running from mid-August to mid-September, let’s examine the meaning of wind zones and their effect on construction. Wind Zones and Construction Regardless of the building system, wind-proof structures do not exist. No structure is likely to survive a direct hit by an EF5 tornado with wind speeds over 200 m.p.h. However, pre-engineered steel buildings… Read More

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The Importance of Metal Building Screws

The Little Part that Makes a Big Difference In a recent post on tools, we discussed using a high-performance screw gun with a clutch to install metal building screws. Now let’s look at why that is so important. Start with High-Quality Metal Building Screws Inferior steel buildings with cut-rate screws tend to leak. Not only does a leak make a soggy mess inside a building, but cheaply made screws rust and discolor the exterior of a metal building, too. Who… Read More

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Which Steel Building System is Right for You?

Ask the Experts at RHINO Steel Building Systems With so many options available, it is difficult to know which pre-engineered steel building system best fits your construction needs. Where do you start? How will you get an accurate quote? Is there someone who can help you determine the best steel building for your particular project? Ask the Experts! A steel building system meets the needs of all types of low-rise construction: agricultural, aviation, commercial, industrial, storage, and personal structures. Yet,… Read More

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Equipment for Erecting a Metal Building

The Tools You Need to Build a PEMB Erecting a metal building kit is simple and logical. With the right tools—and strict attention to safety measures—erecting a pre-engineered metal building (PEMB) can be a fun do-it-yourself project for people with construction experience. Safety is Job One When Erecting a Metal Building Job site safety cannot be overstressed: SAFETY must come FIRST! Follow all the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) construction safety recommendations for your own safety—and to avoid costly OSHA… Read More

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How to Choose a Steel Building Erector

When You Cannot Construct Your Own Metal Building While many people confidently build their own pre-engineered metal building (PEMB), others prefer to use a professional steel building erector for their project. An expert steel building erector is critical to a successful large-scale commercial or industrial construction project. Sloppy or incorrect assembly of a PEMB effects structural integrity. Slipshod framing also leads to later problems and waterproofing issues with the building. Hiring an experienced steel building erector with a well-trained crew… Read More

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How Long Does It Take to Erect a Metal Building?

Estimating the Steel Building Construction Timetable We often tout the construction speed of a pre-engineered steel building, but just how long does it take to erect a metal building? That’s one of the first questions we get from do-it-yourselfers. If fact, it is one of the questions we hear from first-time builders, too. The Construction Variables • SIZE: Naturally, larger structures take more time to build than smaller ones. • COMPLEXITY: Simpler structures go up faster. Highly customized designs will require… Read More

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Can I Build My Own Metal Building?

Pre-engineered Steel Buildings: The Do-It-Yourselfers’ Delight At RHINO Steel Building Systems we are often asked, “Can I build my own metal building?” The quick answer is, “Probably.” To the serious do-it-yourselfer, erecting their own steel building seems like too good an opportunity to pass up. After all, putting up the structure yourself saves money— and brings enormous satisfaction. Besides, it’s just plain fun! A RHINO metal building is like an adult-sized version of a kid's erector set. And prefabrication takes the… Read More

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Does a Steel Building Require an Architect?

Deciding Who Designs a Pre-engineered Metal Building If you are contemplating your first building project with a pre-engineered steel building, you may wonder who will design the structure. That depends on the size and scope of the project along with your type of metal building design. Understanding a Pre-engineered Steel Building System Let’s start with the basics. Traditional wood-framed structures need strategically placed “load-bearing” interior walls to help carry the weight of the building. Although stronger than wood, light-gauge steel… Read More

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How to Plan a Metal Building

Visualizing Your Dream Pre-engineered Steel Building To plan a metal building, you first need to visualize the design. Traditionally, that’s been difficult to do— until now. RHINO Steel Building Systems makes designing your steel building fun and easy. Our new online Design Tool lets you hone in on your dream steel building project. Before you begin, here are a few fundamentals metal building construction plans you need to know: The RHINO Design Tool covers the most popular “standard” metal building… Read More

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