Attached photo is of a mid century split level roof with gabel ends at 5:12 pitch, there are (5) irregularly spaced 2x4 post supporting the ridge beam which sit on a 16 feet long (2)2x18 wood beam. The wood beam is suppported by a load bearing walls on the floor below. The roof was re-shingled 12 years ago, and my guess is that these supports were placed to correct a sagging ridge beam. My question is can I remove the post and beam without the roof caving in? Am i being paranoid?

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  • If you believe those vertical supports were placed to correct a sagging ridge beam, doesn't it follow that removing them would allow the ridge beam to sag again?
    – FreeMan
    Feb 3, 2021 at 13:19

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My house is framed similarly, mid 1950's. No I would not remove any of the "temporary" supports you've pointed out. Like you said, the vertical ones are to help support the ridge board and keep it from sagging. I have those in my attic also, and have even doubled up on some of them.

The long diagonal board is to keep the gabled end of the roof, and the entire roof for that matter, from "racking" and folding over in the event of a strong winds. Without that brace, the entire roof structure acts like a un-reinforced square. With the brace, you turned that square into a triangle which is much resistant to folding over on itself.

  • Thanks Steve, definately helpful information. Perhaps I will have to replace beam with a full span beam to gable end in order to remove wall below.
    – Tom
    Feb 3, 2021 at 3:27

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