Please refer to the Ends page in the assembly guide as well
When you are covering the ends of the structure, there are some similarities and some fundamental differences when you are covering with plastic or with tarp.
The aluminum wirelock channel must be installed on the top side of the hoop before you start the cover. The framing must also be in place before you are putting on the cover.
Your cover will be a rectangle and you must double check if the two ends were supplied as one piece or not.
- You start at the base of one side and go continuously over the peak so that there is not an edge at the peak.
- The cover gets fastened, temporarily, at the base first on either side of the door and then pull out to the corners.
If there is ANY wind, do into the wind side first.
- Please remember that whenever you have wrinkles or folds, you will pull 90 degrees to the wrinkle.
Excess on the end covers will only get trimmed off after the roof cover is on as well.
If you are covering the end with plastic
- you would go with the extra of your rectangle and fasten it temporarily to the back side of your framing.
- At the very most, at this stage you will put part of a wire insert on either side of the peak.
- When the cover is sitting smooth, you can put some strapping on the vertical framing to hole the cover in place.
If you are covering the ends with tarp
- you will need to remove the wirelock channel first.
This may seem like double work, but the channel is now curved to the building with the required screw holes.
- The end tarp cover is sandwiched between the hoop and the bottom of the wirelock channel.
- When you pull the tarp over the peak, you will reinstall the wirelock channel from the top and work down.
- If you do the left, right or bottom first will be determined by where the wrinkles are (if any).
Please don’t hesitate to call if you have any questions at all and please watch the videos on our YouTube channel for more information
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We offer two main types of anchoring for our structures: Base Brackets (left pic) and Anchor Posts (right pic).
Which one you decide to go with largely depends on your application and location. They are not to be used together, it is a one or the other option. No matter which option you choose, please be aware, there is no such thing as too many anchors!
Although the building can be anchored directly into the ground with Anchor Posts, it can also sit on a slab, curb or beam or it can be elevated on some sort of a wall. Base brackets with lag bolts are supplied standard to fasten the building to the chosen form of foundation. Anchor Posts are available at an additional cost.
Anchor Posts must be set into concrete when:
- the soil has been recently excavated (within the last 5 years)
- it is required by the building code (use of concrete usually classifies the building as permanent)
- extremely windy and exposed areas exist (at least use on the corner posts)
- more than 10% of the anchor post will be out of the ground (upgrading anchor post size may be needed)
- there are areas where erosion has been a problem in the past
Anchor Posts SHOULD NOT be used (and base brackets used instead) when:
- the soil is a very heavy clay (heaving would be a constant problem)
- there is a shallow rock layer
- there are major amounts of rocks interfering with the accuracy of anchor post setting
- the structure will be moved shortly (anchor posts must be cleaned out before reusing)
**Recommendations are based on years of experience. Ultimately the customer is responsible to properly anchor a structure**
Please see our installation pages for a more detailed breakdown of this topic Base Brackets vs Anchor Posts
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The main function of anchors is to prevent uplift. Do not forget about the “foundation function” as well which is meant to prevent settling or lateral shifting.
Improperly anchoring a building from up lift, down force and lateral movement will all, equally, cause problems and expense.
There are many different ways of anchoring a building because there are so many circumstances which people are dealing with.
When anchors can be installed at opposing angles, they work against each other and therefore will multiply their holding power.
- Care must be taken to stay away from anchors that will bend (i.e. re-bar).
- When the anchors are going straight into the ground, care must be taken to ensure proper holding power. This is most often done with plugs of concrete.
- When anchors have been extended out of the ground, care must be exercised to eliminate the possibility of outward lean.
- It is important to consider the total amount of square inches of contact area between anchors and soil. Many time fewer big anchors is less holding power.
One thing which simply can not be stressed enough is that there simply is no such thing as too many anchors. Anchors are generally very inexpensive, especially when you are looking with hind site at some damage.
For more details and to watch an illustration, please see our YouTube Video below
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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.
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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)
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
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Previously we outlined how to do a temporary fix for loose cover. This should not be left for an extended period. Re-tightening a cover does not have to be done in one day.
- The job MUST split into two parts lengthwise.
- The cover must be pulled lengthwise BEFORE it is pulled from side to side.
- Make sure you do the tightening process on a calm, warm day.
- You should do the end which looks the worst first.
- This job will require taking ALL of the cover fasteners out.
Taking a short cut will leave you with more wrinkles.
Areas with wrinkles will flutter more and cause stress points.
This will also cause the cover to deteriorate quicker.
When you are tightening the cover, you should always pull 90 degrees to the wrinkle.
This means that after you have secured at the peak,
most often you will be pulling diagonally to the corner.
Once you have done one end/half and the wind is still down, you can start loosing the fasteners on the other end and repeat the process until complete.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.
You can also see additional information in our installation guide:
Tarp Covering Instructions
Plastic Covering Instructions
Wirelock & Side Wall Cover Fasteners
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There are a number of instances where a cover will need to be installed in less than ideal conditions. This can be either be on a windy day or in the cold (-10C or worse) and the job simply can not wait.
This will almost invariably lead to a situation where the cover will need to be re-tightened on a warmer and/or calmer day.
Doing this temporary fix will get you an extra month of time that you can wait until it warms up and you can do a better job retightening the loose cover.
The lifespan of a cover can very quickly be reduced if it is repeatedly flapping in the hard wind. A very effective, temporary fix to give you more time to do the job right, is to put ropes or straps over the building (as in the photos below)
A 1” or 2” wide seat belt type material is ideal but likely you will need to settle for a soft, marine grade rope instead.
Using nylon rope is almost worse then using nothing because of the abrasion factor.
- The idea is to put a strap or rope between pairs of hoops every 12’ to 16’ and pull as tight as you can.
- Use nails or eye bolts on your base as the spot for securing the ropes or straps.
If your cover is especially loose, it is best to install each of the ropes or straps snugly first. Then go back and tighten them as tight as you can. This will prevent you from pulling too much in one spot.
Please don’t hesitate to call if you have any questions about this technique. We would be happy to help clarify anything you need, to keep your building secure.
With the upcoming storms in both Ontario and the east coast forecasted, we wanted to remind everyone: it’s okay, and even preferred that the buildings have some snow around them.
This prevents the wind from getting under them and it also means that the height above the ground is less. This significantly decreases the aerodynamic lift.
As we’ve stated in our winter care articles and in the installation guide, there are things you can do to prepare your building to withstand the storms as best as possible. Taking extra steps during the ‘worst case scenario’ situations can often make all the difference and help your building stay standing.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about any of these situations. Good luck and stay warm!
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