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  Can I build my steel building myself?

Once you decide to purchase a pre-engineered steel building, and know which model will most satisfy your requirements, your next question is, "How difficult will it be to erect my steel building?" The answer: most customers erect their buildings themselves without the need for special tools and equipment or expensive labor. In fact, most steel buildings can be erected in as little as a few days with a couple of friends.  No contractor, no special tools, equipment or expensive labor are required.

Pioneer Steel will provide you with an easy to follow manual and the documentation you may need, including an engineer drawing, to get a permit from your municipality if required. 

Ease of Construction

Adding On Inside - Easy on the outside, easier on the inside. Pioneer steel buildings feature clear span construction – eliminating the need for space-stealing trusses and posts. This guarantees maximum usable space, lowering overall project costs. This also ensures easy conventional insulation solutions. Builders constantly praise the easy access for electrical wiring, heating and air conditioning ducts, plumbing systems, drywall, false ceilings and partitions.

End wall Options: - For most ordinary applications, factory component end walls will suffice. However, there are times when you may want to customize your front end wall to suit your needs. When you need to match or complement existing structures or extend and customize your steel building, a wide range of end wall options and user-friendly end wall adapters make it convenient to complete your project consistently and economically.


Since most customers assemble their Pioneer steel building themselves, most buildings have been engineered to be as easy to construct as possible, without the aid of expensive equipment or machinery. Basic equipment you will need includes the following:

  • Hard hats and work gloves
  • Tape measures, 50 or 100 ft. and 10 ft.
  • Electric impact wrench with 1/2" hex or 9/16" square sockets (ask your dealer about possible rentals)
  • 1/2" and 9/16" wrenches
  • Electric drill, variable speed with 3/8" bits for sheet steel
  • Extension ladders and/or rope ladders
  • Scaffolding, stepladders and rope

Additional equipment you may need will depend on the size and model of the steel building you construct. Your representative as well as the steel building manual can provide you with more information.

Can I build my steel building myself?