We think our products are great, but don't just take our word Here are letters from satisfied Socket System customers.
If you have used Socket Systems... Send us a picture of your work and a testimonial. If we post your work you will receive a $25 gift certificate!
I wanted to take the opportunity to thank you for the great product and support you provided for my project. As we discussed, I am not a professional builder and I appreciate you walking me through each step of construction. My barn is the envy of many old timers I know with experience building post and beam barns and they are very impressed with the system. My wife was skeptical that I could build something on our property that wouldn’t be an unsafe eyesore and she urged me to hire a professional crew. Now that the barn is finished, she is very pleased with the finished product and was impressed that I was able to build it without help. I took many pictures of the entire process and will mail you them on CD for potential use on your website.
Using all rough sawn timbers I cut using a portable sawmill from standing trees on my property, I single-handedly built this 24’ x 40’ pole barn using your ingenious lumber link system. The sturdy hinged fixtures allowed me to build the frame in sections, eliminating the need for tedious and complicated mortise and tenon joints used in traditional post and beam construction. The lumber link fixtures used to secure the timber frame joints are easy to work with and built to stand the test of time.
It was amazing what I could accomplish completely on my own with Socket Systems. I can personally attest to the claim that you don’t need to be a professional contractor, or experienced builder to do a professional job using the lumber link system. Not only did I build a great looking, sturdy structure, but using Socket systems spared me the expense of hiring a crew and enabled me to use lumber I made myself. As you advertise, Socket Systems allowed me to overcome traditional building design constraints, eliminating trusses (allowing for a 2nd floor loft), and allowing for longer spans without support posts. Using rough cut timbers instead of pressure treated store bought lumber was not only cost effective, but environmentally friendly. I highly recommend Socket Systems to any weekend “do-it-yourselfer” like myself looking to save time, labor and expense.
I have used Socket Systems previously and I'm very happy with the structure. It has withstood 5 hurricanes in recent years including Rita in 2005 and Ike in 2008. Those two storms each brought winds well over 100 mph with higher gusts and destroyed large numbers of buildings in my town.
Socket Systems (Rodger),
Finally got it finished it turned out just great. We calculated that using socket systems components we saved $3200.00 in lumber that would be required to build trusses and additional framing. The alternate method of floor trusses also gave us a very strong floor 115 psf live load at a fraction of the cost of steel
thanks for all the help
Socket Systems (Rodger),
I purchased your system for a conservatory behind my house near Beaumont Texas about 3 years ago.
Just wanted to let you know it has withstood two hurricanes now; Rita in 2005 and Humberto just this week.
We're considering a move inland in the next year or so. I will be contacting you when we find a building spot because we intend to use Socket Systems for our new home. I'll have a few questions about your optional hardware, especially the wind column beam clamp which we didn't use last time.
From: "S.P. Henry"
Dear Mr. Parry, I apologize for taking so long to get you these pictures. I
hope that in this case, later is better than never. You will have to look over
the fog, It was one of those typical Mississippi foggy mornings, I hope that
you will be able to tell just how good the building looks, I love it and so do
the dogs. I have had a lot of people ask about how it was built and I always
give you the credit. Thanks again for a great product. Sonny Henry
Delta Force Retrievers
I wanted to take a moment and let you know how pleased we are with the Socket System concept. A friend and I with lots of "neighbor labor" as you term it, are nearing completion of a 24' 32', two story garage project in Cochranton. We think the Socket System offers tremendous advantages over more common methods such as frame or pole type construction.
Your system seems to us to be a "do-it-yourselfers" dream come true. The ease of construction allows even a large building to go up quickly, and the low cost puts any desired building within anyone's reach. The strength and openness of the Socket System frame design makes the building completely versatile. If I ever build a house, the Socket System would definitely be the way I would go.
I want to emphasize once more how great we think the Socket System method is, and how excited we are with our building. We invite you to send people who are considering using the Socket System down to tour our building and we will be happy to answer their questions.
Your satisfied customer,
Dear Roger (Socket Systems),
Thank you very much for the quick response for the refund. I am also very grateful for the waiving the restocking fees.
Thank you very much.
I am very impressed with the Socket Systems technology and really enjoy having all that extra space that I would otherwise still have paid for but not been able to use had I used a standard design. I am sure that if you calculate the cost per cubic yard of usable space that you get with the Socket Systems design, it is far more cost effective than the standard building technologies. Furthermore, by following you're easy to read Field Manual I was able to do many steps myself and further reduce my cost.
Thank you so much for helping me build a garage that is the envy of everyone who sees it, and is very cost effective for the value I get out of it.
Socket Systems (Roger),
I thought you might like to know that I spent the last 18 days straight using my vacation to build my Socket systems barn.
The day we raised the six frames there were beautiful Monarch butterflies flying all through them as we pulled each one up with our '59 Ford tractor and gin pole designed to your sketches. So................we are going to call her "Butterfly Barn".
We spent several days wrestling the heavy 6 x 6's (I found out that no one here stocked untreated and so had to take heavy treated ones which only cost me $2 each more than untreated because untreated were special order) and getting all six frames ready to lift. Also, because of the chemical treating the timbers had to be planed a bit to fit into the sockets.
Then, in one afternoon (about five hours) we lifted all six frames into position. After pulling the first frame somewhat tentatively, the other five came right straight up using the tractor and boom pole along with the gin pole. We had to do absolutely no "helping" by pushing on the sides of the frames.
Our little ranch is in a farming community in Kentucky near a small town called Pleasureville. We went from people driving by seeing nothing one day to seeing these six frames standing the next and we had plenty of curious visitors stop by to see your product and find out if we were building a barn or a church! Those six 28' wide 18' tall arches were something from the road. It is rewarding to get comments like " you boys built this thing to last a while didn't you"!
I have taken many pictures (over 100) and haven't gotten them out of the camera yet but hope to send you some soon.
In any event I just wanted to let you know that the product performed exactly as promised and as sold and we are all very impressed that we were able to accomplish what we did in a little over two weeks of long days and hard work. The barn is ready to have the siding and roofing put on.
By the way, thanks for the thank you note we received upon coming home from the "barn raising",
Dear Socket Systems,
First, I want to congratulate you on the excellent design of your Socket
System. A friend of mine (Terry Gabhart) and I built a 30-foot by 60-foot
gable barn two years ago using your product, and it's still the talk of the
Right now, I am preparing to order a gambrel kit to build a garage with a
2nd floor apartment and a shed on the side. The building will have a 28
foot span and either 4 or 5 8-foot bays.
Can you please tell me the dimensions of the I-beams that will serve as the
2nd story floor support? Can you provide a price quote for them, to include
Should I choose to use a wood beam instead of the I-beam, what dimension do
you recommend. (I see a few pictures on your site that is using a wood beam
with a steel corner brace).
If I'm successful at talking Terry into purchasing a garage kit at the same
time I order mine, will you consider giving us a quantity discount??!!
I'm looking forward to another successful building experience in rural