Did you play with an Erector Set when you were a boy? Remember all of the pieces of punched metal and the little screws and nuts? How about those “tinny” little wrenches and that screwdriver? Wasn’t it a great feeling when you actually assembled something that resembled the picture? I do, mine was a robot among other things.
Men today can find that same great sense of accomplishment as the boys of yesteryear when they install their own steel building. The general idea is the same although the steel building installation may actually be easier than playing with the Erector Set. The key to a no-hassle, do-it-yourself steel building installation is to find a company that designs steel building kits for the do-it-yourselfer
To help you understand the installation many steel structure manufacturers offer a steel building installation DVD that will guide you thru the installation process step by step. Reputable companies will also include a detailed set of installation instructions that is personalized to your steel building kit when you purchase the structure. Most companies will mail or email you do-it-yourself instructions to review before you make a purchase.
Some things to look for in the installation instruction packet:
A steel building company that has its customer’s best interest in mind will include the concrete footing and floor specifications in the instructional information. This is a very big help to you as a customer and will save you valuable time if you are receiving bids from concrete contractors or doing the work yourself.
As a side note: Bear in mind many entities will require a building permit before you start construction. To acquire the building permit you will need to submit a set of drawings and structural calculations that are wet sealed by a certified engineer. The drawings will need to include the concrete foundation and floor design. Many metal building companies do not include the foundation and floor in their engineering packet. Steer clear of this type of company; it will cost you a lot of money to get the foundation and floor engineering from a third party engineer.
An important thing to look for in the instructional packet is a list of the tools that you are going to need to complete the project. The list of tools will save you time and not to mention money because instead of rushing out to buy tools on installation day you can acquire the tools over a period of time until you are ready to start the project.
Take time to study the installation instructions so you can call or email the steel building manufacturer and ask questions. Now is the time to quiz the sales consultants so you have the answers to all of your questions and concerns. A good sales consultant should be able to give you all the information that you need, if not, ask to speak to someone else or look for another company. As I said earlier you want a steel building that is designed for do-it-yourself installation.
For additional information on steel building installation please contact us or call 1-877-833-3237 and speak to one of the steel building professionals that will help you do-it-yourself.