Steel Buildings: Purchase Do’s and Don’ts

   By David Lieberman

Steps to follow when planning a steel building purchase

When planning a steel building purchase – whether it be for residential or commercial purposes, there are a few steps which you must follow and areas which need to be addressed.

Firstly, you will require a check list to ensure that you have everything covered. There are certain basic guidelines which are strongly recommended that you follow. Have you done your homework and found out the difference in costs if you DIY versus a contractor?

Basic Guidelines

There are certain things which you must know if you are planning steel building purchase.

  • Do NOT fall for the “offering a special pricing if you buy NOW” gimmick. Take your time.
  • Be certain that your building conforms to the local building inspectors requirements BEFORE signing the contract.
  • Once the contract is signed, obtain all of the permits required. All of the following questions need to be checked off PRIOR to starting:
  • “What is the building code?
  • What are the design loads?
  • Will you need to submit Engineer stamped structural drawings?
  • Will you need to submit Engineer stamped foundation drawings?
  • Will you need to submit design calculations?
  • Will you need to obtain approval from zoning or community planning commission?” (www.metalbuildingdepot.com)
  • “The items described on your contract are what you are buying. Please be sure to carefully review all contract documents before you sign off. If a contract does not describe an item in specific terms, you should not expect the item to be the best product available. And just as important – is what a contract does not say. Specifically if your contract does not indicate that you are getting framed openings and garage doors – then you are NOT going to get framed openings and garage doors.
  • Understand that making changes after the sale will cost you money. Once the design is completed it will cost money to make changes. If an order is in fabrication – and requires modifications due to customer demands – the entire process has to be stopped, pulled off-line and inventoried. Once the inventory of completed items is confirmed, it’s back to the drawing board. You will be responsible for extra time required to re-design the project and all other associated expenses.
  • Do NOT get creative. Follow the building plans as specified in the manufacturer’s plans. “An erection manual offers important general guidelines and the proper procedures for erecting a steel building safely.

Budgeting

When you are planning to purchase a steel building, nothing is more important than your budget. Your budget will let you know exactly what you can and cannot do. “When preparing your budget, it is essential to reflect on the overall cost of the project. Even on small jobs, the cost of the building materials usually represents less than half of the total cost…The entire cost of your project will depend on how much additional work is required to complete it as planned. Adding “build-out” items such as sheetrock, plumbing and electrical are only a small part of the total cost.

DEPOSITS ON KITS

Though not the average modus operandi, some steel building companies will request that you put down an initial deposit. Do not be confused thinking that this goes towards the purchase price. Normally, these “deposits” are to pay for the engineered plans that come with the kit.

Benefits of Building it Yourself

Currently, there is state-of-the-art software which will assist you in designing and planning the prospective steel building you are going to purchase. Another plus of doing this project yourself is that you get to choose the accessories and options versus having them chosen for you in a kit.

The Foundation

Steel building foundations is what will support your steel building. When planning the steel building purchase, “Most manufacturers of steel buildings recommend that the foundation be designed by an experienced foundation engineer. This will insure proper design, make the actual erection of the steel building go a lot smoother and reduce costs. Proven construction techniques and adherence to OSHA and other local codes are highly recommended.

Access

Another aspect which must be decided during the planning of the steel building purchase is access to the site. “…Obviously, the vehicle transporting your steel building must be able to access the site from the adjacent highway or road. This access must be prepared in advance of the truck arriving!

Any overhead obstructions or anything in the way needs to be removed, including trees, boulders, debris. A landscaping contractor might need to be hired for this purpose.

Put down gravel or lay planks on the access route if the soil cannot sustain the heavy wheel loads.

Check the planned building site to make sure there is enough space to physically perform the tasks required to erect the steel building. The proximity of adjacent buildings and other obstructions can severely hinder the construction process. “ (www.erectingsteelbuilding.com)

The importance of accurate foundation construction and anchor bolt settings cannot be overemphasized! The anchor bolts must be in the exact locations as specified in the Anchor Bolt drawing provided by your steel building manufacturer. There is an extremely small tolerance for the placing of the anchor bolts, only +-1/16″ to +-1/18″.

The foundation must meet local design/load conditions.

Foundation errors and improper location of anchor bolts are the most frequent and troublesome errors made in steel building construction. Errors can wind up costing you a lot of money!

NOTE: DO NOT, repeat, DO NOT start the erection process on “green” or uncured concrete. Anchor bolts may pull loose, concrete spall (chip out along edges) may occur and equipment may crash or crack the slab! Normal “Portland” cement should cure in at least seven days and high-early-strength concrete in at least three days. Special circumstances may require even longer curing periods.

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Author: My name is David Lieberman. I am a blogger and also have my own site Bestforacar. I am a graduate of Psychology from the Columbia University in the City of New York, where I edited the literary journal.

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Silver-Silica and Antibiotic Combination Lethal to Germs

Re-Blogged From The Silver Institute

By coating silver-silica nanoparticles with an antibiotic,
Brazilian scientists have found a more powerful way to kill
drug-resistant bacteria.
Normally, silica compounds – silica is the mineral quartz
– are toxic when inhaled, causing the disease silicosis in
which the particles scar the lungs making it difficult to
breathe. Silicosis often is seen in foundry workers, glass
makers and those who work in rock quarries.
However, when the research team wrapped the antibiotic
ampicillin around silver-silica it renders it harmless allowing
both the silver ions and antibiotic to kill germs without
harming human cells.
The combination has not been tested on people, but
laboratory results show that it overcame a strain of
E. coli that was resistant to antibiotic drugs alone.
“There are commercial drugs that contain nanoparticles,
which typically serve to coat the active ingredient and
extend its lifetime inside the organism.
Our strategy is different. We decorate the surface of the nanoparticles with
certain chemical groups that direct them to the site where
they’re designed to act, so they’re highly selective,” said
Mateus Borba Cardoso, lead study author and a researcher
at Brazil’s National Energy & Materials Research Center
(CNPEM) in an interview in Phys.org.
“We used molecular modeling to find out which part of
the ampicillin molecule interacted most with the bacterial
membrane,” he added. “We then arranged all the molecules
of the drug so that this key part was facing outward from the
nanoparticle, increasing the likelihood of interaction with
the pathogen.”
The silver-silica/antibiotic treatment has a drawback. Silver-
silica is inorganic and humans don’t metalize it, so it could
build up in the body. Cardoso said that his group is studying
this issue to learn whether it presents a danger or not. He
plans to do animal testing.
One possibility is to developa nanoparticle that can be excreted through urine. He
suggests, though, that for patients for whom no other cure
exists for their bacterial infection, the silver-silica/antibiotic
mixture offers hope where none is available.

America’s Fiscal Doomsday Machine

By David Stockman – Re-Blogged From Zero Hedge

Maybe the Democrats did win the 2016 election. Or at least the the Deep State and its accomplices among the beltway political class, K-Street lobbies and the media did.

That’s because the media won a giant victory against something they deplore and despise more than anything else – the public debt ceiling. They sanctimoniously admonish that it’s a relic of the nation’s fiscally benighted past. They operate on a belief that this is an episodic tendency to threaten America’s credit and to offer Capitol Hill an opening to grandstand about the fiscal verities is a blight on orderly governance.

So the Donald’s latest burst of impetuosity — agreeing with Sen. Schumer to permanently abolish the public debt ceiling — has descended on the beltway like manna from heaven. Not Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter or even the Great Texas Porker, Lyndon Johnson, dared to utter the thought of it — at least not in polite company.

Suddenly, and notwithstanding all the good he has done disrupting the status quo, the Donald has become the foremost enemy of America’s very financial survival.

The Federal budget is a Fiscal Doomsday Machine. The depository of American wars and entitlements have run rampant. Under the pile drivers of a global empire and the retiring baby boom, it is rapidly propelling the nation toward fiscal catastrophe. That grim outcome is virtually guaranteed if the only remaining safety brake — the debt ceiling — is summarily abolished.

Due to entitlements, debt service and the slow pipeline of appropriated spending there is no such thing as an annual Federal budget or accountability for how much Uncle Sam spends and borrows. Instead, the $4.1 trillion that Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projects the Federal government will spend in FY 2018, and the $563 billion it will borrow, reflects the dead hand of the past.

Entitlements and other mandatory spending alone is projected to reach $2.566 trillion or 63% of total FY 2018 outlays.

Another $307 billion will be required for interest on the nation’s $20 trillion public debt, while upwards of half the $1.22 trillion for so-called “discretionary” or appropriated programs also reflects funds appropriated years ago.

Altogether, $3.5 trillion, or 85% of outlays, will be essentially baked into the cake before a single Congressional vote is taken on anything regarding the FY 2018 budget.

The Federal spending machine is almost entirely on autopilot and heading for disaster owing to ballooning populations and debt. Ten years from now the combined cost of mandatory programs and debt service will reach $5.12 trillion compared to just $2.87 trillion during FY 2018.

Entitlement spending will be nearly double — even if Congress took a 10-year recess!

As shown below, that means the Federal spending share of GDP is now inexorably climbing toward 30% owing to baby boom retirements, even as revenue under current law is stuck at about 18% of GDP. The CBO’s latest projection of the widening fiscal gap — soon more than 10% of GDP annually — leaves nothing to the imagination.

America really does have in place a Fiscal Doomsday Machine.

The Fiscal Doomsday Gap Is Uncloseable — The Crisis Is Permanent

1 Federal Spending and Revenues Fiscal Doomsday

In the chart above, it is easy to see why the beltway argument — that we’ve already spent the money and must liquidate by borrowing whatever it takes — is so thoroughly wrong. The tidal forces driving the budget are so enormous and dangerous that some kind of automatic, institutionalized braking force is absolutely necessary.

The fiscal exigencies of empire, demographics and debt have now become insuperable.

In the case of demographics, it is all right here. The baby boom is retiring at a rate of 10,000 per day, and the wave will not crest until there are nearly 100 million Americans over 65 years of age — double today’s 50 million.

Needless to say, at an average cost of $35,000 per year for retirement pensions and medical care alone, the fiscal math becomes prohibitive.

The voting and political math is downright impossible, and has been that way for the last 34 years.

The last time any significant chunk was taken out of social security or medicare benefits was back in 1983 when the Congress did agree to the Greenspan Commission’s proposal to delay the payment date of the Social Security cost of living allowance (COLA) by the grand sum of 90 days on a one-time basis!

There was one other change, that I was personally involved in, that seals the case. Working with Greenspan we had narrowed the benefit cut options down to a binary choice and presented it to the swing vote on the commission. The latter happened to be 88 year-old Claude Pepper — a left-over from the New Deal era and champion of America’s elderly lobby.

Did he want a reduction in early retirement benefits immediately or an increase in the retirement age starting 30 years hence? Apparently, Senator Pepper concluded he would not live to be 118, and choose the second option!

All of that happened when the over 65 population was about 28 million, not 100 million.

2 Elderly Population Growth

There is no plausible scenario in which Congress will proactively and voluntarily address reform for the ballooning population of elderly Americans. It will only happen when action is forced by the debt ceiling mechanism — the equivalent of a credit card cancellation on a national level.

The recent utter failure to do anything at all about ObamaCare and the underlying health care system that is already consuming 18% of GDP only reinforces the case for a fiscal dues ex machina. As seen below, the cost of the medical entitlements alone relative to national income will double from 5% to 10% over the next three decades.

3 Federal Spending on Health Care

Where that leads, of course, is to fiscal catastrophe.

Without a fiscal braking mechanism that is external to voluntary legislative action, the day of reckoning will be catastrophic.

Even by the CBOs own Rosy Scenario based long-term projections, the nation’s public debt ratio is heading for a Greek-style 150% within the next 25 years, and by our own more sober view of the economic future far worse than that.

When Washington descends into complete fiscal disarray, the meltdown will be on and the grim reaper of recession will be just around the corner.

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Hackers Closer to Catastrophic Attack on U.S. Electric Grid

By Steve King – Re-Blogged From Liberty Headlines

For a long time now the United States has been engaged in a constantly evolving set of battles on several cyber-fronts, including business, health care, industry, education, and government.

Screen shot (yahoo video)

These have been largely a disorganized set of skirmishes that usually result in the theft of valuable personal information, ransom attacks in which money is extorted in exchange for abducted information or computing assets, the co-opting of business processes that have led to outright financial theft, and hacktivism, which raises havoc in political processes.

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