The Ultimate Building a Pole Barn Quiz

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The Ultimate Building a Pole Barn Quiz
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Storage costs can really add up, and building a barn takes time and money. One convenient solution is to build a pole barn. Do you know where and how to build one? Take our quiz to learn more about how to build a pole barn.
Which of these statements best describes a pole barn?
A pole barn is a small barn in which you store fishing poles.
A pole barn is a barn supported entirely by poles that have been anchored into the ground.
A pole barn is a structure that is made up primarily of poles that have been anchored into the ground. The barn may or may not have a roof.
A pole barn is a barn on stilts, which prevent the contents from getting wet in cases of flood.

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What material is usually used to anchor the poles of the barn into the ground?
concrete
The poles of the barn are usually anchored into the ground with concrete.
epoxy glue
sand

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By anchoring the poles into the ground, you avoid having to do which of these major construction tasks?
You do not need to build a frame.
You do not need to build a roof.
You do not need to dig a foundation.
Since the poles are each anchored into the ground, the structure does not need a foundation. That saves you a lot of time and money.

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The framing of a pole barn runs in which direction?
vertical
diagonal
horizontal
Much of the sturdiness of a pole barn comes from the fact that its framing runs horizontal while the poles are vertical.

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The poles and frame of a pole barn are usually made of what material?
steel
iron
wood
Usually the poles and frame of a pole barn are made of wood, while the walls, if any, are made of steel or plywood siding.

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The poles for the barn should be made of what type of wood?
pine
pressure-treated lumber
The poles of the barn are fashioned from pressure-treated lumber, which helps ensure structural integrity.
cocobolo

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Why build a pole barn rather than a standard barn?
They are cheaper and easier to build than standard barns.
Pole barns are very easy and very inexpensive to build. While they are sturdy, they are also easier to disassemble that a standard barn.
They are more attractive than standard barns.
They have more space than standard barns.

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The roof of a pole barn is typically made of what material?
wood
steel
To add to the stability of the pole barn, the roof is typically made of galvanized steel.
hay

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Before you begin building a pole barn, or any building project for that matter, you must find out whether you need which of these?
a helping hand
a building permit
Many states have strict building codes, and require permits for the building of permanent or semi-permanent structures.
an interior decorator

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What is an advantage of using sliding doors rather than overhead doors?
greater clearance
Overhead doors, like those of a typical garage, take up clearance space. If you want to maximize the height of the barn's entrance, use sliding doors.
aesthetics
increased floor space

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The ground on which you build the pole barn should have which of these qualities?
The ground should be well-drained.
You must make sure the ground you use is well drained, or you will not be able to ground the poles well, and the building may become unstable.
The ground should have fertile soil.
The ground should be grassy and moist.

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The site you choose for building a pole barn should be how much bigger than the footprint of the barn?
You should leave an extra 3 feet of length and width.
You should leave an extra 6 feet of length and width.
You will want to leave a border around the pole barn -- an extra 6 feet (1.8m) of length and width.
You should leave an extra 12 feet of length and width.

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Pole barns are usually measured in sections with what dimensions?
24 square feet
48 square feet
64 square feet
The sections of a pole barn are usually measured in 8 foot by 8 foot units -- 64 square feet (6sqm).

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The corners of the pole barn should be what angle?
90 degrees
You must make sure to have perfectly square (90 degree) corners, to make sure the structure's roof remains stable.
180 degrees
212 degrees

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Concrete usually needs how much time to dry and settle?
several hours
several days
You will want to give the concrete several days to settle before placing any weight on it, to ensure structural integrity.
several weeks

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The main factor in determining how deep the poles should be inserted is what?
the type of soil
How deep into the ground the poles of the barn must be inserted depends primarily on the type of soil you have. Make sure the poles are deep enough, or the concrete might crack under the pressure.
the type of concrete
the type of pole

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If you're going to keep live animals in your pole barn, you should do which of the following?
Paint the barn.
Insulate the barn.
Pole barns do not have any natural insulation, and tend to have extreme temperature shifts, which animals can't handle. Insulate your pole barn before using it to keep chickens or livestock.
Give the barn a nice floor.

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At what temperature does heat stress begin to be a concern when dealing with poultry and livestock?
60 degrees Fahrenheit (16C)
Once the temperature hits 60 degrees many animals will begin showing signs of heat stress, such as reduced milk production and lower fertility rates.
90 degrees Fahrenheit (32C)
120 degrees Fahrenheit (49C)

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Reflective insulation will help prevent which of these?
condensation
Not only will reflective insulation help control the temperature of the barn, it will help prevent condensation. That, in turn, will prevent dangerous mold and fungus from developing in the barn.
rain leaks
ground swells

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Foil-foam-foil insulation has been shown to withstand temperatures how high?
90 degrees Fahrenheit
140 degrees Fahrenheit (60C)
180 degrees Fahrenheit (82C)
Top brands of foil-foam-foil insulation can withstand temperatures nearing 180 degrees Fahrenheit.

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