resistant (see page 12). These should be one or two 2 x 10 or 2 X 12 planks.
Girts for the siding are nailed across the poles above the splash boards. They should be spaced on 2 feet or 4 feet, depending upon the type of siding to be used. Generally speaking, metal siding will require 2-foot centers, while wood can be on 4-foot centers.
If the space between poles exceeds 6 feet, a 2 x 4 is placed (as illustrated) on each 2×6 for reinforcement. However, metal siding always will require more reinforcing than wood.
Vertical boards and battens (or other kinds of siding such as plywood or metal) then are attached to the girts. In any case, the top two inches of the splash boards should be overlapped by the side walls.
Reinforced girts usually provide adequate sidewall rigidity when spaced as close as two feet apart. Placement of vertical studs, toe-nailed to sill and eaves plates, will be used where windows interrupt the girts. Windows and exterior doors should be framed in with wall studs in any event.
Studs perform no weight-support role for either roof or floor, however, in pole construction. Safe pole distances and adequately heavy eaves and floor plates do it all.
Floor Construction and Insulation
Most pole buildings, unless a dirt floor is in order, will have a slab floor (see bottom illustration on Page 54) or a suspended floor, and if these buildings are to be located and used in cold climate areas, construction should be planned with the view to effective floor insulation. Methods of suspended floor joist attachment are shown on Page 53, while