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    Default Garaging A FLU,,what do you do? STEEL garage companies experiance?

    Kind of tangential to this FLU419 ownership but I suppose its here or nowhere to post this question. I am building a garage hopefully this Summer, next Summer if I get sidetracked. Its to house The Mogs, tools, woodworking, my sanity etc.etc.etc. I have been trying to find a STEEL building supplier that someone, anyone has used in the past to deliver on a solid red iron type building, NON QUONSET.

    The MOGS are compact enough but the structure needs to be 15-16' H at the walls with a good pitch for snow and tall enough at center to put a mezzanine in the rear. 18 gauge should do the trick with my snow loads in Maine. If anyone houses there SEE's in a structure like that I would love to see it for reference. Also going 40x60 with lean too attached and on an unheated slab.General-Steel-Workshop-Building-Interior-700x467.jpg <<<like This


    I will pour a slab but looking for an INTERIOR SUPPORT system like the above picture. Where does everyone else store there FLU's ? I'm not much for participating in the show your garage threads I see elsewhere. That being said they are great for reference and when I'm done I will post pics!!!

    I know what I would like for the most part but don't see anyone with quite what I'm looking for in my area. Maybe you Midwestern folks know where this Steel building connection is? I don't see any special adaptations necessary for a FLU in a garage that regular heavy equipment workshops would not have.

    A Garage would be pretty standard but perhaps there might be features possibly unique to these machines better suited to a steel building
    -a place to remove and store loader and hoe
    -strong building supports to hoist from
    -punching bag for working through mog related issues and/or frustrations
    -walls capable of trapping a lost German Unimog engineer to explain some of the finer points of Mog maintenance and function!

    honestly don't know just looking for peoples experience with Steel Garage companies or comparable well built workshops for the layman. because I not only dislike my current tarp treatment I have had to contend with mice and squirrels. I have found a pretty badass electric trap that has more then earned its keep so far!
    1.jpg IMG_0411.jpg IMG_0412.jpg So let me know if you have found a STEEL garage supplier of competency and good value or what. Also witty banter and good ideas for a shop encouraged! thanks

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    Naturally, I don't remember the name of my metal garage now, but I'll try to remember to look at the sign in the morning.
    In the meantime, my main suggestion would be to go as large as humanly possible. Rob a bank if you must, but build it big.

    Also, I'd recommend a heated floor (go back, but to a different, bank if you must).
    I'm really glad that I finally added a lean-to outside, as I prefer to work outside, but in shade and not being rained on.

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    Howdy,
    A lot will depend on what part of the country you are in. Take a look at a local airport. Look up at the eaves. Most companies put there name plate there.

    Butler is one name which comes to mind.

    I would expect any out fit which builds the structure will account for location, (Maine) and roof pitch and snow load. Most buildings can have tons of options. Man doors, windows, barn doors, swing, aviation style bi-fold doors, split sliders.

    Most will build to spec. Whatever height, and overall dimensions will be by your wallet.

    wow, just google "steel buildings maine"
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    I moved down here 3 years ago, thought the 30x30 metal building would be great to work on the beast, and keep it out of the weather. boy was I in for a surprise. with the humidity down here, within a month , all my tools started to rust, and the floor is always damp, I mean you can slide around like you were on ice. of course they say it can be fixed by insulating the building, but that would lower the wind rating and I'd have to anchor the building to the ground, no guarantee. I would'nt have another one , that's for sure. the next one, if there is, would be wood for sure, and "BIGGER "
    do some research, good luck.
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    image.jpgimage.jpegNo matter how big you think you can get by with, make it BIGGER! Lol. 7,000 square feet and I wished I had went bigger. I did not do heated floors and wished I had.
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    Thanks for the input so far Gents. I will check out the airport idea this week and "Butler" but for now I'm going to guess that the local big steel building company built that. I spoke with there VP a few weeks ago and they do not do residential structures or know of anyone that does. Yes I have made several google searches and using Maine as a keyword and have had no local success just google bots and spiders directing me to whoever was clever enough to leave all 50 states listed anywhere on their page. The majority of the time I come up with folks from away that would like a deposit and will "mail" me plans. I have received a few mailers to date but no plans. It would appear there are several middle men in this market with a special deal for today and today only and not as many manufacturers. Also some questionable structures made from tubular steel and skeletonized supports like carports and also Quonset hut type constructions. Closest I have to an actual residential steel construction company is a built structure on craigslist and the seller lists that company that built his workshop is out of Cortlandt, NY. Still waiting on a call back but may ask a friend down that way to see if they are still in business.

    I've done my homework here and preliminarily the easiest route seemed to be a Morton building (if you live in the South). Snow loads and building codes in the Northeast seem to deter most of these middle men or brokers. My local building code officer cant think of a single residential steel garage in my area and I cant say I've seen anything like what I'm after. I will keep looking but again if anyone here knows of something that may fit the bill I'm all ears. If I can't find what I'm after I may have to go stick built. Not the end of the world but not my first choice.

    Also trying to heed the build bigger and heated floors chorus, there has to be some truth there! Sharkbait if you have the steel interior frame like my original picture please let me know who you went with. Thanks all, Cheers.

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    Mine is wood Andy was built by an Amish outfit out of Ohio. It's 50'x120' with 16' ceilings and a 1,000 sq ft second floor. Morton was 40% overpriced in my area to build the same shop. I had it put "under roof" by them, tgey did the concrete work, and then I finished the inside myself. I did 400 amp service, a 200 amp panel down for each side. I've only finished out half of it because of the price of OSB sky rocketing. My plan is to finish the rest of it this year.
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    M105A2 (sold)

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    Howdy,
    No company will send you the plans. Not until some money has exchanged hands. You ask for samples and pictures of structures built. They can all be called pre-fab and all shipped from Pittsburgh for all you know. The important portion is going to be the local contractor crew to erect the unit. The design is whatever you can imagine. Clear-span, types of doors, length, width, height etc... The type of material, insulation or not, roof pitch, snow load, whether you want them to clear and level site, clean-up.
    They handle the permits, or you do, inspections etc..
    They do it, or you do it. Dirt floor, cement floor, radiant heated floor, electric plumbed, water plumbed would all be what you wallet decides.
    After a finalized signed contract and stuff, you would then have plans, designs, materials list and start and finish dates and a total $$$ amount.

    It depends on what local contractor works with what companies. I have a few Morton buildings and a steel building. I measured out the site area and did all the grading work. A truck showed up about 2-3 weeks before the start date and starting off-loading materials. I knew it was close when a Johnny-Blue was dropped. 4 days later a crew showed up and started in.
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    Okay, mine's a Utility King, and I'm very happy with it.

    As Daybreak pointed out, decide on what you want, find the best possible contractor, and go at it.
    We also have a few Morton buildings, plus the Utility King, and the procedure was about the same. Morton is far more expensive, but takes care of everything. Although, I've had fewer issues with the metal building, and Morton insists on having a permit.

    Lastly, get taller doors than you think you'll need, and do consider plenty of skylights.

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