Situation: I have a 2.5 car detached garage with a hip roof and 9' ceiling. I'd like to raise the ceiling as much as reasonably possible in order to fit a full lift in it. It looks like these are rafter ties, but they don't look close enough to the rafters to actually be nailed to them. I didn't feel like crawling through all the dirt and insulation to get actual pictures of the connection points.
Can anyone tell me what I'm looking at, exactly?
Notes: I'm not asking for someone to tell me how to raise it (as in, not asking for structural engineering), but I'd like to gather enough information to determine if this is worth looking into (financially speaking) and to not sound like a complete idiot when describing my situation and goals to a structural engineer over the phone.
I know that 9 feet is at least semi-decent and I could fit a maxjack, but I'd prefer a full traditional 2 post lift to fit trucks/suvs as well. Having to center the lift in the building isn't a big deal as I'd want to center it at a 45 degree angle, anyway, to maximize space around the vehicle.