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Monolithic concrete foundation wall with egress window headers [closed]

I have been dealing with an inspector who is not allowing me to move forward to this "problem" gets fixed. I use a very reputable concrete company in my area, and they always pour their ...
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Can I hang a 70lb punching bag from a board between open web floor trusses?

I have a bonus room on the 1st floor of a 2-story home with a crawl space. When the floor above was framed the architect and the truss designer had a mix-up and I ended up with the open web floor ...
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What is the best way to add ceiling joists for hammock chair support between bottom truss chords

I asked a question about using an attic truss to hang a hammock chair and that questioned was answered... and I was told that adding joists is a better solution, and to start a new question to ask ...
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Hanging a hammock chair from truss bottom chord [duplicate]

Attached is the drawing for the truss that helps support the front half of the roof of my home. At locations 8 & 6 (see below), the truss rests on load bearing walls. The full interior length of ...
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Roof supports moving

See these pictures of a support in the middle of our attic. Taken 6 months apart, last June and now. Last June, it had already appeared to have moved sideways since installation (house was built 5 ...
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Adding second story living space in an existing truss attic [duplicate]

We have a ranch home with a bonus attic room upstairs with trusses on either side of the space. How possible is it to expand out on the truss area adding additional living space? Looking to ...
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Garage Door already has struts, but is sagging

16 foot wooden garage door, no telling what the door age is. The bottom, middle and top panels already have 2 1/4" (?) struts installed, presumably to correct previous sagging. The bottom panel ...
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Can I flip orientation of truss diagonal brace?

Attic truss has a diagonal brace (red) linking all but outermost king posts (blue). I would like to flip the orientation so that instead of starting at bottom at one end and ending at the top, it ...
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How do you estimate the load capacity of a roof truss? [closed]

How do you calculate the load capacity of a roof truss, like the ones commonly sold for house construction - made of 2x4 wood, fastened with metal plates, triangle shape with webbing? I know enough ...
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Is it safe to walk on the bottoms of roof trusses?

My roof is made up of Fink trusses (chords in W shape). The trusses are made of 2x4s. The bottom edge of the truss acts as a ceiling joist and drywall sheets are attached below it, forming the ceiling....
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Garage Ceiling corner Brace

I have these braces nailed into the wall plates i believe they keep the garage from racking/ twisting and are code here in california for earthquake from what i’ve read. Is there a different way that ...
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Will my trusses hold Drywall and insulation

Our home was built in the 80’s located Southern California so during the different seasons it’s either really cold or super hot. Our garage has an open ceiling which I believe the tenants before just ...
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How strong is a strong tie splice to weight placed in it from above?

Check out this roof truss bottom chord. It has a strong tie splice in the middle connecting two beams. I'm not entirely sure how the forces worse here - how strong is this tie weight placed on it from ...
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What is the fastener type and spacing to sister the top chord of a new 2x4 scissor truss onto an existing conventional horizontal ceiling truss?

I am remodeling a small room 12x12 and want to vault the ceiling by inserting a scissor truss alongside the existing conventional truss. The existing and proposed trusses are both 2x4 members 2'-0&...
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Collar Tie coming loose from rafter?

What should I do about this collar tie, all the nails seem to be coming out of the rafter or were not in correctly to begin with? Added photo showing nails
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Ceiling truss uplift?

Truss uplift or standard drywall crack? There is a hairline crack that runs horizontally to this one for roughly 2 inches.
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What shape/type of metal strap would you use to strap a collar tie to rafters?

Currently, the collar ties in the garage (from 1950) overlap the rafters and are nailed into the rafters from the side with just two or three nails on each end. There is one collar tie every 4 feet (...
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Can I enhance truss storage capacity above my garage with a beam? [closed]

We are getting ready to move into a new house that has storage above the garage ceiling. I was told it could hold 40 lbs per square ft. The trusses are spanning about 20 ft. Can I put an exposed beam ...
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Roof truss downward load

I have fitted a bike rack onto the underside of my roof truss mounting a plank of wood 22mm x 150mm x 2.4m which spans over 4 bottom chords of the truss roof structure. The bike rack will hold around ...
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Hanging kayak from finished garage ceiling, not sure of joist type, and if it can support the weight

I have a 2-car garage (22') with a finished ceiling in our new house. Above the garage is a large bedroom. I went to hang the kayak from the ceiling in the garage, but I was getting unexpected ...
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Storing extra tile/carpet In my attic

I recently re-did my whole house flooring (carpet in bedrooms, tile everywhere else) and have some extra materials that I would like to save in case a tile chips/carpet needs repaired. My garage is ...
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What kind of repair was done to this roof?

Some background: There was a repair done to a roof but I'm not entirely sure what type of roof it is nor what kind of repair was done. It looks like there was some rotted trusses but again uncertain. ...
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Truss was cut when installing attic ladder

I noticed that one of the trusses in my garage ceiling were cut/modified to fit an attic ladder. What can I do to fix this? Thank you. Also, plywood sheets were installed for storage. Can I use the ...
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Solutions to increase roof insulation with raised tie trusses

My house has raised tie trusses: This means that on the second floor the central part of the ceiling is flat, but near the long walls it is slanted. The trusses are 2x6 timber construction, meaning ...
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Drilled thru end of web floor truss

Attempting to run conduit from exterior of house for a hottub. After drilling I noticed I went thru the vertical end of a open end floor truss and far end triangulation. 1 inch hole. This was not the ...
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Can I make up the depth of a roof truss with a separate timber?

Replacing rotten roof trusses that were originally 320mm Scots Pine timbers. The roof originally had to support concrete tiles which were heavy, it will now be supporting a lighter tin roof. The ...
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How do I remove the bottom chord from a shed roof, the right way?

I've got a 16' (length) x 10' (width) saltbox-style shed that I'd like to convert into an office. The roof is supported by simple triangle trusses of 2 x 4's. Each of the trusses is cantilevered out ...
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Cutting supports in attached garage firewall

I have an attached garage with no living quarters above the ceiling. The firewall separating the attic from the garage is finished with drywall up to the roof line. This drywall seems to be mounted to ...
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Is this Scissor Truss for cathedral ceiling with drop-down for typical 8' ceiling load bearing in the middle?

The attached image shows a Scissor truss that is a bit odd. Notice the peak of the ceiling below does not align with the peak of the roof above. This truss does span from the two exterior walls of ...
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Max span on 2x4 truss

I am refitting an old shop above my garage to be an ADU. It was built in the late 70s / early 80s, and the truss system is 2x4 trusses on 22" centers. The trusses are professionally built & ...
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Can I remove a rafter tie from my shed roof framing for better access?

I have a 10x16 shed that use for a woodshop and am planning to remodel it soon. I currently store some lumber in the roof trusses and would like to make it a little easier to do that in the future by ...
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Reinforcing Truss-based Garage Ceiling

I'm currently in the process of insulating/drywalling my attached garage. It is about 25' x 20' with Fink style trusses. The truss bottom chords are spliced with plywood sheets on either side. Rather ...
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Changing roof truss diagonal to vertical

I've got a roof with a few diagonal trusses like the blue one in this diagramme: I want to remove the BLUE truss and replace it with the RED truss, because we're adding some loft storage and ...
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How to fix sagging timber roof trusses?

This is a follow up from a previous question: (Is this a sign of my roof trusses sagging?) Do you know how to use ratchet ties (or some other method) to fix sagging roof trusses? Here is an image of a ...
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Mold or rust stain on roof truss

Paid a visit to my attic earlier today to see if there was any winter damage. Looking all good except for a small piece of truss that has a black stain on it (see picture). I would have said mold ...
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Basic truss design for outbuilding

I am building a small outbuilding (wood-fired sauna) that is 8 feet by 16 feet. The design is based off a friend who made a similar structure, just four feet shorter. For the roof trusses, he used ...
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Will my ceiling hold an over the popcorn solution?

I am looking for a solution to my popcorn without removing it. I am thinking of using MDF ship-lap then creating small depth coffers. My issue is that I don't know how much weight my ceiling can hold. ...
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Any possible fixes for separated mending plate in truss?

Floor truss in crawlspace, holding up first floor. 14” depth. About 20 ft span is my estimate, with about half of it sitting on concrete block, acting as rim joist. On the spanned portion, there’s a ...
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Can you space trusses more than 24" on center if you use 4x4s or 6x6s for the lumber instead of 2x6s?

I'm designing a cabin that will have exposed trusses over the living room / kitchen area. I have a company that will design the trusses for me, but I am expected to provide some amount of indication ...
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Can I mount an LED light bar to a truss web?

I have 4 foot long LED light bars that i would like to mount in my crawl space. I’ve removed the sagging underfloor insulation and am doing wall insulation instead, so the truss bays are empty. ...
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Accidentally cut the bottom chord of truss

Accidentally cut the bottom chord of truss. It happens on the corner of the stud and not fully cut through as picture showing. If I would like to fix it, which contractor should I contact? And would ...
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Adding strongback bracing to an existing floor truss

I just bought a house built around 2006. The floor has a ~32' span supported by 24" deep trusses on 19.2" centers. The trusses do not have strongback bracing installed (well there is a 2x4 ...
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How to frame for a drywall ceiling with 8 feet between trusses?

I have a post frame building that was recently constructed where the post and joists have 8 foot on center spacing. The building is 38' x 54' and we had a 2nd floor built on the North end of it which ...
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Sistering 2x8s to 2x4 truss system for vaulted ceiling?

The Question (see pic below): Can I safely sister 2x8s to a 2x4 king post truss/open rafter system to achieve an insulated open ceiling/vaulted design. The Details: I have a garage that is 18 feet ...
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Sagging floor cause for concern?

In a townhouse where my second floor sags in all kinds of directions - do i need to have it checked out/fixed, and by whom? Rough estimates: Age: 34 years old Width of unit: 21ft Second floor held up ...
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Convert timber roof rafters to trusses?

We want to open up the floor plan of our house by removing the center wall. The roof is 4:12 pitch with 3x8 timber rafters 4' on center, a 3x10 timber ridge beam, and 2x8 tongue and groove boards ...
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Repairing broken roof struts

I discovered two broken roof struts in my attic, adjacent to each other on the same strut. See the pictures. For perspective, you can see a yellow-gloved hand in the first picture. It's resting on the ...
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Garage Ceiling Truss Load and Distribution Options for Overhead Storage

Last summer I hung two 4'x8' overhead ceiling racks by using 4x4's across multiple trusses. The only point that actually share a truss are the mounts closes to the wall. As janky as this is, It's ...
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Had to shim my double top plate -- how should I secure the trusses?

I am building a new detached garage, and one corner of the footing was about 1.5" low. To address this, I installed shims between the two top plates, as shown below. The size of the shim increases ...
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Wanting to add storage over garage

So I have picked up woodworking as a hobby and find myself becoming pressed for space in the garage. I looked in the attic and this is the layout: Is it possible to remove these angled supports and ...
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