Quick Guide to Winterize Your RV

by RainF 19. December 2014 08:44

Winter weather has landed and this typically calls for the end of RV Camping season. During this time many people park their RVs next to their home and forget about it till the next season. However, if you don’t take the time to properly winterize your RV, then it may not see the next summer without dire repairs.

So why should you take the time to winterize your RV? It’s so the plumbing won’t freeze and explode from the expansion of ice in the lines. Just like a normal home, if you keep your plumbing dormant during freezing months without any preventative action, then you’ll see the same exploded plumbing results.

As you can see we’ve highlighted the 5 major major steps when winterize your RV. Below is an illustration of the steps on a standard RV. Not all RV’s are built the same so we advise you to read your user manual as you follow along.
5 Steps Winterize RV

  1. You'll want to drain the fresh water tank, gray and black holding tanks completely.

  2. Once the tanks are drained, you'll want to clean the gray and black holding tanks with a cleaning wand or flush them with a cleaning solution thoroughly.

  3. Drain the hot water tank.

  4. Run compressed air at 30 psi or recommended on your RV through the water lines to completely drain the faucets, showers and toilets of remaining water.

  5. Pump RV specific anti-freeze (pink in color) through all the water lines. Run the faucets, showers and toilets till pink antifreeze comes through.

Below we've found a great video resource that goes through all the steps in detail for winterizing your RV:

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Storage Solutions For Homeowners - Buying Vs. Renting

by RainF 11. December 2014 08:19

Most homeowners feel like they could use a little extra storage space. The popularity of television shows like Hoarders demonstrates a general fear of clutter and the disastrous results when things get out of control. If you are anything like us, watching these shows immediately spurs us to go organize something. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a place to store the mile of Christmas lights you just put up on your house, or your old ski equipment that you are sure you will use again some day? A dedicated storage area would not only mean less clutter in your house, but better overall organization and most importantly, more living space.

Cluttered Home

One popular solution to the clutter problem is renting an offsite storage unit. Unfortunately, it also comes at a significant monthly cost. To rent a 10’ x 20’ unit for all of your prized possessions, you could spend as much as $150 to $250 every month. In addition, an offsite storage unit is, by definition, not on your property. This means that every time you want to transfer something you must pack up and load all of your items into a vehicle, drive to the nearest storage facility, and unload all of your items, all during the facility’s operating hours. And unless you have a giant truck or trailer, this could mean multiple trips.

The value of an offsite storage unit is further diminished when you think about how motivated you might be to drive to your unit, just to pull out one or two items. The inconvenience, paired with the old saying “out of sight, out of mind,” might mean your items go completely unused. The sad truth is, by trying to avoid a hoarders scenario, you are just storing more and more stuff without being able to easily utilize it. The solution is simple, convenient, cost-effective and increases your property value: a customized storage unit in your own yard.


The idea of building a storage building instead of renting an off site unit can be a little daunting at first, but if you have the space it can turn out to be a great investment. The main reason that many homeowners opt for renting an offsite storage unit rather than building one on their property is the upfront cost. $250 vs a couple thousand seems like a no-brainer, but as those monthly bills keep coming, it will quickly become clear that long-term you will spend a ridiculous amount more for that rental unit. For those who have convinced themselves that they will only need a storage unit for a short amount of time, it is highly unlikely that you will ever want to go back to a cluttered home again and purging hard earned items is much easier said then done.

Best of all, backyard storage buildings are super convenient. Unlike a rental, you wont have to drive anywhere. All of your items are only steps away, giving you easy access to anything and everything. With that level of convenience, maybe you will actually go on that ski trip this year. A backyard storage building is the ideal solution to your storage needs, providing storage for life, while saving you an incredible amount of time and money.

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Fry This On for Size - How to Fry a Turkey

by BurtonH 21. November 2014 04:46

The leaves have changed. The air is cool. Your house is full. The game is on, and you can smell apple pie. This can only mean one thing. It’s time for Thanksgiving!

Everyone has their own Thanksgiving traditions whether it’s getting together to watch the Macy’s Day Parade or planning for a full night of shopping, but the biggest tradition is the turkey. Turkey is the staple of every Thanksgiving meal. The National Turkey Federation estimates that Americans eat approximately 46 million turkeys every Thanksgiving. The traditional method of preparing turkey is to bake it in the oven, but more and more families are ditching the oven and deep frying their birds.

Deep frying a turkey is a delicious alternative to oven baked and takes less time to cook. Before you go off and drop a frozen turkey into a fryer there are some specific safety steps you need to follow. We’ll go over everything you’ll need to know to make your foray into frying as foolproof as possible.

Preparation

There are a few key things that you will need. First and most important is the turkey. It is recommended that for every guest you should make about 1.5 lbs of turkey. Be prepared, my guest list tends to grow significantly when family hears that we are deep frying our turkey. Next you need something to cook in. Many stores sell kits that have everything you need, but the essentials are a large pot, a basket to hold the bird in the pot, a rod for lowering the basket, a burner, a thermometer, and a propane tank to fuel the burner.

Next up is the oil. Peanut oil is the standard as it tends to stay clear the longest and can cook hotter than other oils. If you aren’t able to use peanut oil, vegetable or cotton seed oil work as well. Make sure to also have a pair of thick oven mitts, a jacket with heavy sleeves to protect your arms, and a fire extinguisher just to be safe.

Location

Now that you have all of your supplies you’ll want to find the perfect spot for cooking. Never attempt to fry a turkey inside your home or enclosed space. The perfect spot will have clear spaces above and around you. Make sure that the spot you pick is on level ground, you do not want your pot to tip over. Lastly you’ll want to pick a spot that’s not in the middle of the action. With all of the commotion it could be easy for the turkey to get knocked over.

Turkey Time

Once you get home with your turkey you’ll want to prepare it for it’s oil bird bath. Make sure that you remove all of the giblets, plastic pieces and leg holders. If you’ve bought a frozen turkey you’ll need to give it ample time to thaw out in the refrigerator. NEVER put a frozen turkey in the frier.

In order to know exactly how much oil you’ll need fill your frying pot with water and place the turkey in the water. This will give you an idea of how high the oil will rise once you place the turkey inside. Pour out or add water so that the turkey is completely submerged and there are about 3-4 inches of space for the oil to bubble. Remove the turkey and mark the spot. Now you will know exactly how much oil to add. Dump out the water and dry the pot thoroughly. Finish your turkey prep by seasoning or injecting your turkey with any flavorings that you want and thoroughly patting it dry.

Frying

Lets get frying! Fill the pot with oil to the spot that you previously measured, and turn the burner on. Once the burner is on never leave the oil unattended. You’ll want to heat the oil to about 360 degrees. With the oil at a consistent temperature, turn the burner off and get ready to put the turkey in. Put on your jacket and mitts, and place the turkey in the basket so that the cavity is facing the ground. With the rod slowly lower the turkey into the pot. This is one of the most dangerous points so be sure to remain calm and whatever you do don’t drop the turkey into the oil. Once the turkey is completely submerged in the oil, turn the burner back on. Note that the temperature will drop considerably when you first put the turkey in the pot. Monitor the oil temperature closely to keep it as close to 350 degrees as possible.

Cooking time will vary, but as a rule of thumb for every pound of turkey you should add 3 minutes of cook time. Use your meat thermometer inserted under the thigh to check for doneness. Once the meat has reached 160 degrees turn off the burner and slowly remove the turkey from the pot. Place the basket into a large pan to prevent oil from dripping and bring your beautiful fried bird into the kitchen. Carve and serve, just watch out for squirting juices.

Turkey Weight

Cooking Time

10lb Turkey 30:00 Minutes
12lb Turkey 36:00 Minutes
14lb Turkey 49:00 Minutes
16lb Turkey 56:00 Minutes
18lb Turkey 63:00 Minutes
20lb Turkey 70:00 Minutes

This table serves as a guideline, always make sure to properly check the temperature of the turkey before serving

Clean Up

The turkey may be done, but the job’s not over yet. There’s still about 3 gallons of hot oil to deal with. The best thing to do is keep the pot in a safe place so it can cool completely. This can take a while, potentially overnight. Once cooled, the first thing you should do is transfer the frying pot to a safe area like a steel storage building. If you plan on reusing the oil then you'll need to filter out any residual turkey. This can get a bit messy so it's easiest to do it in a place that's easy to clean. You can also reach out to local restaurants or mechanic shops as they will typically have a container for properly disposing of used oil. Most counties will have guidelines on how to dispose of food oil, and many will actually turn your leftover oil into biofuels for public transportation.

Once you’ve dealt with the oil you’ll need to clean out the frying pot. Chances are there is still some lingering oil left in the pot. Don’t try to clean the pot in your kitchen sink as the leftover oil can cause blockage in your pipes. Because cooking oils are biodegradable you can rinse out any residual oil with a hose and then leave your pot to air dry in your steel building.

Congratulations you’ve fried your first turkey! Now sit back and enjoy the time with friends and family. Hopefully you’ve made enough turkey to enjoy my favorite part of the holiday, leftover turkey sandwiches.

What is Red Iron Steel?

by RainF 18. November 2014 07:28

Red iron steel or structural steel is one of most used steel types for buildings around the world. The most common shape is the I-Beam style (shown below) that provides incredible strength and durability making it ideal for long lasting structures with wide-open spaces.

Red Iron Steel Frame Building

These are the top characteristics that make red iron steel popular in the construction industry:

Rust Resistant

Red iron steel is made to resist rusting over the life of its usefulness. This is accomplished by coating the steel with iron oxide to create a barrier that prevents water from having contact with the steel. Adding iron oxide also gives the steel its unique red color, hence red iron steel.

Fire Resistant

Unlike wooden structured buildings, steel is naturally fire resistant as the material is non-combustible. This is important when you’re concerned about storing volatile items. The decreased fire risk could also help reduce your insurance costs.

Termite Resistant

Red iron steel is championed as one of the best building materials for standing the test of time. One of the major factors is its ability to resist decay and insects. Termites are one of the main enemies of any wooden structure, forming colonies in the wood that eat away at the structure until it literally falls apart. With steel, termites and other bugs are of no concern.

Green Building Material

Steel is one of the most sustainable building materials in the world. This is because almost all steel contains recycled materials. It can constantly be recycled over and over to produce the same high quality steel used in construction.

Wide-open Spaces

The strength of steel is immediately evident when you step inside our buildings. You’ll notice wide-open spaces with no load bearing pillars or supports. This is because steel has a high tensile strength and can support the load of a building from just the frame. This provides excellent building utility for anything from storing farm equipment to an airplane hanger.

Red Iron Steel

At Probuilt Steel Buildings, we have both red iron and tubular steel structures on our lot. Both are high quality and durable building materials for any steel structure. The biggest difference is scalability. Tubular steel is ideal for smaller structures as it’s modular and lighter weight. While a great material, the use of red iron for larger structures will help reduce costs while maintaining the same strength and quality of tubular steel since you’ll be using less materials overall.

Barns, industrial storage buildings and aircraft hangers are the typical choice, however, you can make any building with red iron steel. If you want to create a custom building with red iron steel, give us a call or send us a message. We want to help customize your next steel building!

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Steel Hunting Cabins Double as Zombie Refuge

by chelseab 28. October 2014 12:34

The world is in turmoil. The dead have risen, and are hungry for human flesh. No one knows how, know one knows why, but zombies now walk among us. The cities are overrun, and nowhere seems safe. You then realize you know of a place that is in a secluded area, a place the dead cannot breach, a place near food and water. That place is your steel hunting cabin.

Zombies in the Woods

Far from populated areas, these buildings offer a secure refuge from the zombie horde. Since they are already used for hunting trips, you can be confident that natural food sources are nearby. You can also rest easy knowing that neither wild animals nor looters will be able to take your valuable supplies. And because you are well prepared, your cabin is stocked!

When it comes to low maintenance, zombie-proof structures, steel is ideal. Fire-resistant, insect-proof and featuring a 20-year rust free warranty, steel structures provide peace of mind in an otherwise catastrophic time. If you don’t already own a steel hunting cabin and want to be uber-prepared, customize one with no windows and multiple reinforced steel doors. The doors, which can be outfitted with five point locking mechanisms, allow for multiple quick escape routes. If you do find yourself in a situation where your steel structure has become completely surrounded, don’t panic! These buildings are practically impenetrable by zombies, giving you time to safely wait it out. Zombies are easily distracted and will move on to other prey in no time.

Looking Down Gun Scope in Forest

Hunting cabins are ideal during apocalypse scenarios because they are often fully stocked with all types of weaponry, ammunition, tools and supplies. A seasoned hunter will surely have accumulated a variety of weapons, including rifles, shotguns, knives, and maybe even a crossbow. If Daryl from the Walking Dead has taught us anything, it’s that taking down a zombie with a crossbow is completely badass. In addition to weapons, make sure your cabin is always ready with stocks of nonperishable food, water, bedding, battery-operated radios, self-powered flashlights, sanitation & first aid supplies, a change of clothes and at least one detailed map. If you have ever stayed a few nights in your hunting cabin, it probably already has most of these items.

In ground booby trap

For those of you looking to take your zombie preparedness to the next level, add an additional room to your hunting cabin for advanced defenses like bear traps, large spikes, or trip mines. When it comes to a zombie-filled future, no one can be too prepared. And if that zombie apocalypse never comes to be, your survival structure is equally suited to escape teenaged daughters, work deadlines or tax season.

Happy Halloween!

 

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Fall Bulbs for Spring Color

by chelseab 10. October 2014 04:29

Fall is officially here. Even Florida noticed its presence over the weekend with “chilly” temperatures in the low 50’s. The leaves are starting to change, football season is in full swing, and holiday decorations have already infiltrated our stores.

So its time to pack up your gardening supplies for the year, right? Wrong! Fall is the perfect time to start thinking about your spring flower garden.  Some of our favorite spring flowers like lilies, daffodils and tulips are actually bulbs planted the autumn before.

Fall Bulbs for Planting

Planting bulbs is the perfect project for everyone from experienced gardeners to the blackest of thumbs. The only trick is getting them in the ground six weeks before the ground freezes, which in most parts of the US is right about now.

Bulbs require a long period of cool temperatures to spark the flowering process, but need time to develop strong roots before a freeze. This usually equates to planting when evening temperatures average 40 to 50 degrees. If you are like us, living in Florida, it might still be a while before the ground is cool. Some bulbs, like lilies, ranunculus and daffodils, are hearty enough to be planted directly in the ground once it cools off. Just store them in your garage or storage shed for up to a month or two.

Tip #1

Keep the labels with your bulbs. It is virtually impossible to tell a yellow ranunculus bulb from a white one until it has bloomed.


Roll Door Garage for Storage

Other bulbs, like tulips, hyacinths and crocus, will need to be pre-chilled before planting if you live in a warm winter region. Just stick them in a refrigerator set to the standard temperature of 40 to 50 degrees, for at least six weeks. A loose brown paper bags works great to store them in the back of a fridge.

Tip #2

Keep bulbs away from ripening fruit. The fruit gives off ethylene gas that will kill the flower.


Planting Fall Bulbs for Spring Flowers

Bulbs can be planted anywhere in your garden where there is good drainage and some sun. Keep in mind; your trees will have a lot fewer leaves in early spring so you will have sun in places you might not be used to. Don’t be afraid to get creative with where you plant. Just dig a small hole and plant the bulb with the pointy side up. This is a great project for small children. Large bulbs should be planted about 8 inches deep, while smaller ones can be planted 5 inches deep. And don’t worry about fertilizer, bulbs provide their own food.

Make sure they get water at least once a week and in a few months you will have a vibrant flower garden that is the envy of the block. 
Go get planting!

Spring Flowers Growing Along a Fence

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Gearing Up For Hunting Season

by RainF 26. September 2014 08:27

Hunters across the country have been anxiously waiting for the Fall season to come around. But why, you ask? Fall marks the unofficial kick-off of hunting season across the states. Depending on where you live, you’ll want to talk to your local Fish & Wildlife department about open hunting seasons available at this time.

Preparation is the key to success when it comes to hunting. We want to share our staff’s experience when they gear up for hunting season.

Make Sure You Have Your License

Hunting live game is serious business. As such, you’ll need to have the required licenses or papers giving you permission to hunt during the season. It’s fairly easy to obtain a license from your local Fish & Wildlife department. Be warned, it is imperative to follow the rules when hunting in your state or you might find yourself with a large fine or worse.
Antique Hunting LicensePractice Your Marksmanship

While you’re hunting, you want to be able to hit your target cleanly and on the first shot. Practicing your shot will help improve your ability to do this. Typically, it’s best to practice in the environment that you’ll be hunting in; so you can get used to the shadows, lighting and obstacles in your line of fire.
Lining up a shotIf you don’t have the luxury of refining your marksmanship in your hunting environment, you can always head to your local shooting range and practice on stationary targets for aim or moving targets for reaction shooting.

We can’t stress this enough. A good hunter knows how to handle their weapon without hesitation, so practice, practice, practice.

Ensure You Have The Right Equipment

Hunting different game requires a few special items. However, we wanted to give you a list of the most important hunting items you’ll need when you’re out there. This list was created by our staff, but you may need more or less gear depending on your situation.

  • 1 Liter water pouch (with water)
  • High protein food bars
  • Small first-aid kit
  • Hunting boots
  • Pack of clean socks
  • Long underwear
  • Outer wear (for warmth, if needed)
  • Rain wear
  • Camouflage hat (hides your head and protects it from the sun)
  • Gloves (keeps your hands protected)
  • Safety vests (required for identification in populated hunting grounds)
  • Weapon (Bow or Gun)
  • Ammo
  • Hunting knife
  • Sunscreen
  • Map of the area
  • Binoculars
  • Flashlight
  • Compass
  • Matches
  • Personal toiletries
  • Hunting bag to carry all items

Be sure you inspect all your equipment before you pack it for your hunting trip. The last thing you want to find out is your gun is malfunctioning while you're in the wild.

Scout The Hunting Grounds

Knowing your environment will help you gain a better understanding of where the best areas are to position yourself to hunt your game and how to move around safely without getting hurt. Many new hunters tend to skip this important step and fall victim to unnecessary injuries because they didn’t take the time to walk around the hunting grounds before the season started.

Scouting your environment also gives you the opportunity to learn how your game interacts in it’s habitat and what to look out for.
Scouting the hunting groundsReturning From The Hunt

Whether you return home with a few trophies or have been defeated by your elusive game, it is guaranteed that you’ll be dirty and tired. Try not to pass out on the couch with all your hunting gear on. You’ll get your home dirty, and the saying “this is why we can’t have nice things” will come to mind. Instead, it’s always helpful to have a separate area where you can unload your hunting gear and change out of your dirty hunting clothes.

A small steel building is a perfect solution to store and clean off your gear after the hunt. These buildings are extremely easy to build and maintain, and you won’t have to worry about messing up your home if you have a designated “mudroom” for your hunting gear.

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Bringing Steel Inside

by chelseab 12. September 2014 06:18

Here at ProBuilt Steel, when someone mentions steel our first thoughts are ultra durable garages and boat ports, but our appreciation for steel has infiltrated our homes as well. Industrial, neutral, and built to last, steel home decor is both aesthetically appealing and utilitarian. Plus, with a variety of finishes like high shine, brushed, even painted, interior steel can be customized to match any home.

Steel and kitchens go hand in hand. Stainless steel, in particular, is rust proof, easy to clean, and heat-resistant, making it the metal de jour for kitchen appliances. But steel is great for more than just refrigerators and ovens. One of our favorite trends embraces the clean lines and industrial charm of professional kitchens through steel countertops.  Plus, much like our steel structures, these counter tops are virtually indestructible. If new countertops aren’t quite in your budget, a simple steel addition like new cabinet hardware can make a big impact.

Steel Countertops Brighten a Modern Kitchen

Windows are another perfect opportunity to utilize steel. Today’s open concept homes lend themselves to big windows with even bigger impressions. But did you know that steel framed windows are a major trend? They offer terrific natural light, while offering a dramatic industrial look. Throw in some reclaimed wood furniture and your home is fit for a magazine spread.

Steel Framed Windows Make a Big Impact

Adding a little steel to your home doesn’t have to mean major renovations. Factory-inspired lighting can look great with everything from traditional to ultra contemporary designs.  Often times, they even double as art with sculptural elements.

Steel Lighting Looks Bright and Modern

Maybe it’s your dining room that could use a little masculine style? Steel dining tables, whether the steel is in the form of legs, a frame, or the entire piece, are stylish and durable. Steel legs are even strong enough to hold up heavier tabletop materials like marble. In our homes, the steel helps to break up the sea of wood furniture that always seems to occur.

We may be a little more excited about steel than the average person, but if you are looking forward a creative way to spice up your home décor, steel may be the way to go. Do you have any cool steel accents in your home? Let us know in the comments below.

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How to Become a Weekend Racecar Driver

by RainF 25. August 2014 05:21

When the first automobiles were created, drivers had one thing on their mind: to go faster. This desire spawned a variety of auto sports that have long become global events people love to watch year after year. Formula One, NASCAR and The 24 Hours of Le Mans are the most recognized and oldest racing championships.

People at home who watch these races dream of taking their cars out to the track and competing with other drivers.  Most of us don’t intend to make a career out of racing, but would enjoy burning rubber and testing our skills on a track. The growing sport of Autocross is a great entry point for anyone who wants to test their racing skills in a safe and competitive environment with their own car. 

Rain's MX-5 NC (Miata)We have a few guys in our office who participate in Autocross events on the weekends, and they have a few pieces of advice for you before you get out there.

Be a Member of SCCA

Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) was founded in 1944 with one mission in mind: Bring motorsports to those who are passionate about it. As a member, you’ll be given advance notice of Autocross events in your area and discounts on registration for those events. It’s also a chance to connect with other car enthusiasts and get tips on improving your car or driving techniques.

Preparing for the Event

Before any Autocross event, it’s best to get your car checked out by your trusted mechanic to make sure everything is in working order and that it can handle the stress of pushing it under the extreme conditions of racing. If you’re the DIY type, you want to make sure these things are checked and addressed:

  • Secure the battery with a hold down bracket
  • Tighten lug nuts to secure the tires
  • Replace worn brake pads
  • Top off fluids (Oil, brake, coolant, steering, etc.)
  • Inspect and tighten up items, such as the oil filter
  • Have at least a half tank of gas
  • Check belts and replace if needed

You should not take your car out of the garage unless you’re confident it will be safe for the Autocross event. Once your car has been given a clean bill of health, increase the tire pressure on your tires to stiffen up the ride and handling responsiveness. The amount of pressure will depend on the type of tires you have and the course conditions, but, as a rule of thumb, at least five psi over street spec is recommended.

Remove anything that’s not bolted or required in your car to reduce weight and avoid anything rolling around in the car. Check your seatbelts for any damage or wear. If there’s any noticeable damage, you’re required to replace or fix it before you can race. Finally, make sure you have a certified racing helmet or they won’t let you race. SNELL SA2000 rating helmets are the standard for most events.

Find a Mentor

Going to an Autocross event for the first time can be intimidating. We recommend connecting with a seasoned driver and getting tips on how to approach the track. Ask to tag along on a course run so you can see how he or she reacts to the turns, braking and shift points. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. The Autocross community is welcoming and loves new enthusiasts having fun!

The guys in the office can spend a whole day talking about Autocross and things you need to do, but these are some of the basics you should accomplished before getting out on the track. Once you feel acclimated and part of the community, you can dive deeper into the more technical aspects.

We’ve included a great video that shows you what Autocross is and gives additional information:

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Top 3 Steel & Metal Structures To Visit

by RainF 18. August 2014 04:43

Steel has been a useful building material since the industrial revolution. Since then it has been improved upon and become known as the premier building components to any massive project.

Factory Steel MillAs a builder of steel structures, we wanted to highlight our favorite three buildings that were exclusively constructed with steel or a precursor to it. You might recognize some of the buildings we’ll list but we want to tell you why they have become a treasured landmark in their respective cities. Make a weekend vacation and see these amazing sights!

Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower was constructed in 1887 and was finished in 1889 for the World’s Fair at the time. It was fought with a lot of criticism at the time since it would be the tallest structure to dominate the Parisian skyline. Which, for the unfamiliar is a great sin to do to the city; lucky for us construction of the tower was given the green light and the architectural masterpiece was created.


The Eiffel tower was made out of wrought iron, a precursor for many of our steel products now. It was an engineering marvel at the time because of its unique artistic style coupled with its precise calculations for wind loads. People believed it would not stand the test of time, but it’s still around being the icon of France. The Eiffel Tower was the world’s tallest structure (300 meters) from the time it was completed till 1930 when the Chrysler Building took the spot for a short time.

Empire State Building

The Empire State Building is one of New York’s famous landmarks. Construction started in 1929 and was completed in 13 months. It was an engineering feat at the time because of its insanely fast construction time. It became the tallest structure (443 meters) till 1970 when the World Trade Center towers were created.


The Empire State Building has undergone some green renovations recently and was awarded the tallest LEED certified building in the United States.

Willis Tower (Sears Tower)

This is our favorite building just because of the classic John Hughes movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. The Willis Tower started construction in 1970 and finished in 1973 to become the tallest building in the world till 1998 when the Petronas Twin Towers surpassed it.


What makes the Willis Tower so unique is the way it was designed and engineered. In a simplified answer it’s a 3x3 area where each section was built up around a central tower. This style was one of the first of its kind and is known for its efficient and economic design. The structural design has become the basis for many of the future buildings that came after.

Maybe you can help us design a worthy steel building that can be as well-known as these three. Comment below and tell us your thoughts!

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