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Rural Builder provides the news, features, products and how-to’s geared towards builders and suppliers of primarily low-rise agricultural and small retail and municipal structures. Published seven times annually, Rural Builder serves a horizontal market targeting all types of low-rise construction in cities of 250,000 or less population.

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A Wing-Roofed Hangar from Sukup Steel Buildings Takes Off

An innovative winged roof that has taken off at airports is helping propel rapid growth by a relative newcomer to the steel buildings manufacturing industry, Sukup Steel Buildings. The Project: Ames, Iowa, municipal airport hangar Building system: Sukup Steel Buildings, Sheffield, Iowa Builder: Story Construction, Ames, Iowa Size: 11,400-square-feet hangar, 120 feet wide by...

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A Post-Frame Planter’s Paradise

Black Creek Greenhouse Inc. is a popular destination for gardeners in the Lancaster County area of Pennsylvania. It has been locally owned and family operated since 1980. This post-frame retail store was built to handle expanding inventory and eager crowds. Because the area can get heavy snows, snow guards were deemed a must on...

How to handle vinyl windows properly

Vinyl windows continue to grow in popularity for buyers of noncommercial structures. They are less expensive than aluminum, yet have great thermal and energy-saving properties and they can be made in many profiles such as wood grains. But there are proper ways of handling vinyl that are very different than those for aluminum. Todd...

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Moisture Problems and Solutions

Joseph M. Zulovich, PhD, PE, offers a detailed look at moisture problems in buildings in a five-part series that ran in Rural Builder magazine from mid-2016 to early-2017. The series offers: an overview and strategy a look at protection from subsurface water protection from surface water protecting the exterior building envelope and removing excess...

One BIG Tip for Prolonging the Life of Metal Panel

No other tools strike fear in the hearts of metal panel and fastener manufacturers alike than impact drivers and impact drills; yet, no other screw-driving tools equally delight installers. And therein lays a monumental problem. Impact drivers and drills are just too powerful for the panel that the small-but-mighty screw is designed to hold...

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APA Releases Updated Guide on Moisture Resistant Wall Construction

Guide provides detailed information to help builders “Build a Better Home.” APA – The Engineered Wood Association has updated its Build a Better Home: Moisture Resistant Wall Construction, designed to provide builders and homeowners with construction guidelines to protect their homes against damaging moisture infiltration. The publication outlines the primary sources of moisture in...

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Builders: What is Your Construction Outlook for 2017?

If you are a builder in the town and country market, we’d like your outlook for 2017 construction. Do you expect it to be better or worse than 2016? What types of projects are you lined up for? What’s hot? What’s not? Please take our annual survey (it is a short survey and will...

SBC Housing Stats for October: U.S. and Canada

The SBCA has published the following information regarding October housing starts and building permits data for the U.S. and Canada. United States: October housing starts (released November 17) increased 25.5% to 1,323,000 units. Single-family starts increased 10.7% to 869,000 units, while multi-family increased by 68.8% to 454,000 units. Total U.S. permits, an indicator of future construction,...

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Tests reveal efficiency stalls for some 60-inch ag fans

When it comes to big fans and their benefits for agricultural ventilation, the old logic that bigger is better has hit a snag. Researchers at BESS Lab operated by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have tested a number of 60-inch fans only to discover that, at a certain point, energy efficiency does not...

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Trends in tunnel ventilation

By Sharon Thatcher – As farm buildings grow in size, and livestock herds grow in numbers, so too are the concerns for proper ventilation. While natural ventilation is still common—especially in the beef industry—the poultry and swine industries use a lot of tunnel ventilation which uses large fans to generate air movement over the...