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Installing Your Metal Building

Your custom metal building from Choice Metal will be delivered on a purpose-built trailer by trained installers who will consult with you to ensure that the direction and orientation of the building is correct and location is level.

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Once the base rails are laid out and leveled, the anchoring begins. 32-inch spikes are installed plus wind augers are available as an upgrade.

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The legs are then attached to the bows and raised to begin building the frame, and the frame is secured to the base rail.

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Once the frame is up, the installers will make sure the entire building is square and plumb before attaching the panels. Adding the first roof panel centered is the first and most important step, then the remaining pieces will follow.

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With only the frame and piece of sheet metal, it can easily hold the weight of a full grown man.

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Finally the building is complete. The customization is completely up to you, open, closed, partially enclosed or fully enclosed. The possibilities are endless and very affordable.

How to Level Your Ground

Step 1: Stake out the ground or work area you need to level.

Measure the ground. Make certain all sides are equal in proportion, creating a square or rectangular-shaped workspace. Spray fluorescent orange paint on the ground at each of the corners to mark where your stakes will go. Use a hammer or sledgehammer to drive 1 stake into each of the corners marked with orange paint. Tie the end of string to the first stake and walk to the second stake. Wrap the string around the second stake and then the third and fourth stakes. Tie the string off when you get back to the first stake. This will give you a good visual of your work area.

Step 2: Level the prepared ground.

Use a shovel to remove excess soil from hills, inclines, or other high areas to bring the ground closer to level. Dump or shovel soil over lower areas in your staked-out area. Spread the soil, working it evenly over the ground with bow rake.

Step 3: Check the ground to be sure it is level.

Drive one post into the ground on either side of your work area. Tie a string a couple of inches above the ground and between the 2 posts. Pull the string tight before you tie it off. Hang a string level in the center of your line. Read the level. If the ground is not quite level, add soil to the low areas, rake and then re-check the level.

Understanding Building Height

When determining the required height for your building, it is important to know what the nominal dimensions mean in the building size description. Let’s say you have an RV that is exactly 11 feet, 10 inches in height: how do you know how tall an RV shelter to build? Would a structure advertised as 12 feet tall be enough?

Building Heights Explained

If a building is described as 10 feet tall, this is referring the inside side wall height, or what we call the “leg height,” Simply put, leg height is the shortest point of the top of building. The center height, or “peak height” is the tallest point of the building, which will vary depending on the width and roof pitch of the building.

Putting Our Understanding to Work

Back to our RV shelter. Let’s say an RV shelter is advertised as 18 feet wide x 36 feet long x 12 feet tall, using our regular standard roof style. The leg height and/or side wall height is 12 feet tall. If the roof pitch is 3:12, the roof line will rise 3 inches in height for every 1 foot in width, so the peak height will be approximately 2 feet taller than the leg height. This makes the highest point of the RV shelter 14 feet tall, plenty of space to park your RV safely.