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Roy Turbett

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#1 posted 02-13-2018 04:00 AM

I would keep the 16’ height. This will allow you to build a loft(s) on either end of the building for wood storage. The number of support posts you need will depend on the size of the beam.

I built my 30×40 shop with scissor trusses that have an 8/12 pitch on the outside roof and 5/12 pitch on the inside ceiling. Inside the shop they are 8’ at the outside wall and 16’ at the peak. I insulated with R32 batt insulation covered with drywall and heat the shop with a 20’ long natural gas radiant heat tube suspended about 3’ down from the middle peak. Combustion air is drawn in one gable end of the building and exhausted out the other.

I live in central Michigan and love the system. I also ran 4” PVC for dust collection and conduit for electric in the floor before I poured the concrete floor.


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