Author Archives: Andrea Eygenraam

December Promotion

Helping more families enjoy an abundant Christmas

For every structure purchased in December, we will donate $50 from each purchase to the local food bank to help more families be able to enjoy an abundant Christmas this year

Gift a Greenhouse, Share a Shelter

We offer gift certificates for you to Gift a Greenhouse or Share a Shelter with your loved one under the tree, for spring delivery
Contact us today to find out details and make arrangements

Magical Lights of Milton

876 Willow Ave, Milton, ON L9T 3E7 Check out a great Christmas Light display and donate to help fund the Milton Hospital expansion.

Thank you for your interest in Multi Shelter Solutions

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving Canada! What are you grateful for? We are thankful for you! Our customers, customers to be, followers and browsers. Stay tuned for some exciting changes on the way soon!!

A reminder we are closed Monday and will reopen Tuesday for all your structure needs!

Around the Web – Experimenting!

Here’s another article found around the web, about pollinator tunnels. Thanks for the mention, enjoy!

https://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/obj/thesescanada/vol2/NSHD/TC-NSHD-15008.pdf

Around the Web – Giving Back

we are always pleased and surprised to find wonderful articles around the internet mentioning Multi Shelters, and here’s one I came across today that I thought I’d share with you! Thank you for the mention endchildpoverty.ca! wonderful initiatives you are doing! https://www.endchildpoverty.ca/share-your-news.html

 

Norm Eygenraam, of Palmerston United Church in Ontario, is the owner of Multi-Shelter Solutions. On May 10, 2016, in partnership with the Breakfast Club of Canada, he presented a 20’x48′ greenhouse to the Johnny Therriault School, located in the Aroland First Nations community. Norm felt very blessed to be part of the unbelievable excitement surrounding this project. The greenhouse, in addition to actually growing more fresh food for the community, will also serve as a teaching tool to show the children how to grow food. In his address, Norm focused especially on hope and gratitude. Hope in knowing that there is a brighter future and that there are people out there who care.

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​Norm and his wife also purchased gardening books for the teachers and children to use as a resource. As well, they contributed plant starter kits (mini greenhouses) so that each classroom was able to begin growing plants immediately. In addition, he brought along a supply of easy-to-grow vegetables, including green and yellow beans, peas and onions. Finally, he provided 6 very large bags of compost to help the children build up the soil. Thank you Norm for your inspirational example of generosity, compassion and caring.

Updates

Thank you to everyone who came out and helped make the open house a big success! We hoped you enjoyed it as much as we did!

We also wanted to update everyone that Norm is out of the country with limited access to email until June 19th.
Please feel free to contact Gwen in the office at 1-866-838-6729 or Andrea at multisheltersales@gmail.com with any urgent requests in the meantime, and they will do their best to help you.

We appreciate your patience and are grateful for you thinking of Multi Shelter Solutions for your structure and covering requirements. We look forward to connecting with you soon.

Multi Shelter Solutions
https://multisheltersolutions.com/
Toll Free: 1-866-838-6729

Building Permit Questions

A question that we are asked regularly is “Do I need a building permit for this building?”

The simple answer is “Generally, yes”

And to get a permit for one of our structures, you need to have engineered drawings from us (which we have for most of our standard buildings)

However, there is seldom a month where we do not hear a strange interpretation of some rule which we have not heard before.

There continues to be a huge variation in the interpretation of the rules. This goes beyond the fact that certain areas get more snow and wind then others and therefore require sturdier buildings.

Our focus will continue to be getting an understanding of what it is that you are dealing with so that we can put together a structure package that will serve your needs for years to come. Educating our customers on weather dynamics on these buildings continues to be a valuable component of that process.

Many of our customers, who are putting their new building out of sight and they get along with their neighbours, will put up the building without asking questions.

This is certainly not a practice we recommend or encourage but acknowledge as a reaction to officials who do not understand these buildings or how they work. It is difficult to understand why identically fabricated building, installed on nearby locations, can run into a problem simply because of what they are using the building for.

As an example, in one week, we received calls from two prospective customers, the first had been given a 10 page form to fill out and the other was ready to order his building since he had been specifically told “you do not need a permit for a tent”.

In most municipalities these buildings are classified as low human occupancy, temporary buildings. We have engineer approved drawings for a number of our standard buildings as governed by the Farm Building Code.

With the large amount of variations that we offer, we are sometimes in a situation where the building is somewhere between two approved units. It is quite easy for us to upgrade the building to a higher wind or snow rating but that does not mean it will be automatically acceptable without a specific set of engineer evaluated drawings for your site.

Please do not hesitate to contact us for clarification on any point of confusion.

It is your responsibility to verify these things before building.

We are not familiar with regulations in each municipality.

Please also see our building permit page for more updates

FEATURED PRODUCT: Movable Structures

 

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The idea of a moving structure allows a user, with a little creativity, to protect 2 -3 times as much area with the same building and investment. It is a very simple concept as long as some basic guidelines are adhered to. It can be applied to many of our standard structures.

Please see our Movable Structures page for more information and don’t hesitate to call us with any questions regarding this unique application.

Photos & Video: Purlins, Windbraces & Crossties

IMPORTANT wind braces are the longer pipes, purlins are the shorter ones, Cross ties are optional, and they are the longest pipes you will get (pictured below, not here)

Installing Purlins

 

How to install windbraces video is on our YouTube Channel

Below are examples of structures with cross-ties, bars going across the peak for larger structures. These are optional to reinforce the structure. Please see the supplemental Cross-Ties page in the installation guide as well as additional notes below the photos

We’ve had a number of questions regarding cross ties being missing from orders. This isn’t the case, and is done on purpose because the last cross tie interferes with the end cover, so we ship the orders “short” on cross ties to compensate for this. We are sorry for any confusion this has caused and are happy to help you with any other installation questions you may have.

Cross ties, also known as collar ties, are a horizontal bar in a structure which ties the left and right side together. They are usually 3’ to 4’ down from the peak. The purpose of cross ties is to add load strength to the structure. Many people look at cross ties as a nuisance because of lost head space but they have a three fold benefit.

  • By forming the triangle at the peak you create benefit for the dead load which is usually snow load. The top can not come down when the sides can not spread.
  • By tying the left and right sides together, you create strength for the live load, commonly referred to as wind load. When the wind blows from the left, the right side holds it from pushing inward and vice versa.
  • Most importantly, it decreases the rocking motion which can stress a building over time.
  • The cross tie can also supply a very useful support area for things that need to be suspended.

It is important to remember that when you spread out the load you create strength.Photos & Video: Purlins, Windbraces & Crossties

Steel Volatility FAQ

Most of you are aware of all the rhetoric coming from south of the border regarding duties and tariffs which are threatened to be imposed on Canadian steel going south.

This obviously would have a significant impact for anyone from Canada who is exporting.

MSS is proud of the fact that our product is almost 100% Canadian manufactured. As such you may think that we would not be impacted by all this in a significant way.

That is not the case and the purpose of this post is to make you aware of the volatility presently in steel and aluminum.

The purpose of tariffs is to reduce incoming products and minimize competition (it is called “leveling the playing field”) so that steel mills will be running at higher levels of productivity.

Since many steel mills are not as efficient as they could or should be, it is easier to simply take advantage of the opportunity and raise prices.

Unfortunately Canadian manufacturers are playing the game and rather than reducing prices on product that cannot go elsewhere, prices are being increased.

We, at Multi Shelter Solutions, are extremely grateful for the fabulous year our customers have given us in 2017.

This has given us the means to be more proactive on securing larger amounts of steel and further out as a way of minimizing the impact of price changes on our customers.

Thank you to those who are planning further ahead but please be aware of the current state of things. We are a small fish in a big pond but we are working hard to be deserving of your loyalty and look forward to working with you on your 2018 projects!

Trade Show Season!

Western Fair Farm Show Mar 7-9
Western Fair District, London, ON

Ottawa Farm Show Mar 13-15
EY Center 4899 Uplands Drive, Ottawa, ON

We are pleased to be able to connect with our new and existing customers every year at a trade shows to answer questions and display some of our structures and parts we use. There’s something unique about face to face contact whenever possible. Unfortunately that also means time away from the office.

We always do our best during this busy time to keep up with all requests and deliveries in a timely manner and we sincerely appreciate your patience.

As winter comes to an end, so too will spring arrive soon enough. This always increases demands for delivery times. We recommend getting your order in as soon as possible to avoid any extra challenges. As always, we do our best to accommodate everyone’s needs; however, please be advised, delivery times are increased between March-April.

We look forward to helping you with your next project and answering any outstanding questions you may have.