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New Bolt-Together Poly-Strut Buildings
Latest new wrinkle in farm buildings is the Poly-Strut concept, created by Ronald Trafton, Drayton Plains, Mich. It makes use of a unique bolt-on metal column which may save up to 30% on material and labor costs, compared to conventional steel buildings.
"We can put up a 4,000 sq. ft. building in 2 days. Or, we'll ship a ready-to-construct kit directly to the farmer and he can build it himself," Trafton told FARM SHOW. "The entire building bolts and screws together. Most anyone can construct it."
Key to the system are extruded aluminum, 31/z in. columns. Winged brackets, also made from aluminum, attach to fanned struts on the column with set screws and tightening bolts. Brackets slide up and down the columns to the desired position and can be angled off in any direction off any strut. "This lets you build at angles that aren't possible with conventional materials," says Trafton. "The new building concept assembles and bolts together like a child's erector set and accommodates most any structural design requirements."
The 6-in. wide cross members allow at least that much insulation in the side-walls. The area under the

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