Can You Do it Yourself?

Learn how to erect your own metal building today!

Are you considering a do it yourself metal building project? Not a problem, Western has you covered! Here are tips and tricks for a successful install. First, our second place photo contest winner shares his experience. Mike says this about his DIY Steel Workshop:

Do it Yourself Steel Workshop Building Kit
Steel Workshop

Mike's 24'x24' Do it Yourself Residential Steel Workshop

Building Information

  • End Use: Residential Steel Workshop
  • Size: 24'x24'x10' Metal Building
  • Frame Type: Clear Span
  • Colors: Charcoal Gray Wall Panel and Galvalume Plus Roof Panel
  • Special Features: Aesthetic Wood Trim Pieces and bonding time with neighbors and friends

A word from Mike...

“I bought this building when I retired to be my wood shop. I needed a high ceiling, full insulation and a secure, weather tight roof and walls. It also needed to be attractive enough to look good in a residential setting. With a few additional trim pieces, it turned out to be a great addition to my house and neighborhood.

I had a little help from neighbors and friends during the erecting of the building but I tackled the project as a DIY install. Not sure if I would advise others to do the same unless they had some construction skills. I am very satisfied with the final results and product.”

What are the Advantages of a Do it Yourself Install for a Pre-engineered Steel Building?

  • Installation Ease - Our Pre-engineered steel buildings are cut to spec at the factory, pre-drilled, and ready to bolt together once the materials reach the construction site. Essentially it is a bolt-together steel building system.
  • Cost Effective - Instead of spending money on an erection crew, do it yourself, and keep that money in your pocket. In addition, Western Steel Buildings cost less to install than traditional construction methods, saving you time and money.
  • Durable Buildings - Western Steel Buildings are manufactured to withstand high seismic activity, high winds, and heavy snow. An engineer is going to stamp the plans according to the county and exact location of the job site.
  • Bonding time - Calling all handy family/friends/neighbors! Tackle your new metal building project together making memories to last a lifetime.

What should I do before my steel building starts fabrication?

  1. Review Engineering Codes - Contact your building department to find out if they are adopting new codes in the next few months or continuing with the current ones. This step ensures the proper fabrication of your building package. We also advise reviewing the snow load with the building department at that time.
  2. Review the Layout - When you place the engineering deposit and your layout is approved, your Western Steel Project Manager sends a fabrication release package for you to double check that the building is produced to your exact specifications. Envision your building, the openings, and what you will be using it for, this will ensure you sign off on the correct fabrication and get the exact structure you need.
  3. Coordinate the Delivery Date - The foundation needs about two weeks to set before you can begin installing your structure. For a seamless install, make sure this timeline correlates with your delivery date. Also, reserve the forklift to so you're ready to unload! Each pallet weighs approximately 2,000 pounds. We always recommend a forklift designed for up to 3000 pounds.

You will receive a Western Steel Buildings' Installation Manual prior to delivery. This includes the following information:

  • Safety Advice
  • Pre-Delivery Checklist - We tell you what you need to know to prepare your job site for a hassle free delivery
  • Recommended Tools - Having the appropriate tools on site coupled with the experience to use them is crucial to safety
  • Instructions on how to complete a Concrete and Anchor Bolt Check - This step sets the I-beams in the right place.
  • Erection of Primary Framing - You can do this by hand, however larger structures require hoisting equipment
  • Plumbing Methods - Caulk line and transit methods
  • Bracing - Wind Cable and SAG Bracing
  • Bolt, Fastener and Applications installation Method
  • Sheeting - Panel types, installation, walls, roof , ridge, and eave
  • Trim and Accessories - Types and installation

Following these tips will assist you in planning for a fuss free steel building installation. Feel like you're not up for the challenge? Talk to one of our Project Managers about finding a local erection specialist.

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