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DIY Steel Building Construction–Preparation Advice From the Pros
Looking forward to assembling your own steel storage shed? Ensure a successful build by following these preparation tips from the pros.
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DIY Steel Building Construction-Preparation Advice From the Pros

One of the most attractive features of pre-fabricated steel buildings is that they are easy to assemble. Even an average homeowner who has a know-how in basic construction will be able to construct a self-storage steel structure over the weekend. Since all the components are already punched, drilled and cut in exacting tolerances in the manufacturing site, the buyer can bolt the parts together with great ease by simply following the manual.

If you are looking at constructing a storage shed using a steel building kit and are planning to erect it yourself, you need to understand that although the kit is easy to assemble it is still critical that you do the right preparations. Any preliminary work you invest will ensure a successful build that will last for a long time. So if you are ready, here are some preparation tips you can take into heart.

Create a sound foundation

To ensure the optimum integrity of your steel building, it is crucial that you establish a stable and even foundation that can support the weight of the entire structure. In most cases, small steel buildings, such as storage sheds and garages, only require cement slab foundations or poured concrete pier foundation.

Since it is crucial that the foundation meets certain design criteria and load conditions and the anchor bolts are in the right place, it is recommended that you hire a professional contractor to set the foundation. Improper foundation construction could limit the performance of the steel building which can result to costly repairs later on.

Clear out the area

Once the foundation is set, be sure that the construction site is clear of any obstruction. Overhead utility lines should be properly organized to ensure that they will not get in the way of construction. Equally important is for the site to be clear of debris so as to prevent the risk of accidents during the construction.

Set dedicated zones around the construction site

To minimize the lifting and re-handling of components during assembly, make sure that the truck delivering the components will be able to access the construction site with great ease. It will also be best if you have an efficient material layout around the area so that the components can be easily reached during assembly. For instance, girts, end wall columns, purlins and braces should be positioned near the bay where they will be installed. Also, there should be a space for foot traffic that is at a safe distance from the site of construction to prevent accidents.

Have help for offloading components

Usually, delivery drivers for steel building components are only tasked to transport the materials to the construction site. So it is the buyer's responsibility to unload the components once they are delivered. In such case, coordinate with your steel building supplier to know the exact date of delivery so that you can arrange help for unloading the components well in advance. Once the goods are delivered, examine the parts carefully for defects or missing pieces. If you find any problem, contact the supplier immediately to get replacements.

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