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Rafters pulling apart from center support

Firstly, know that this probably isn't a serious problem. Zillions of roofs from the hand-framing days have sagged and settled and separated in spots. They don't collapse. I can see why you'd want to ...
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How to join 2x4's in the long dimension

You might be able to use something called a “truss gang nail plate” that looks something like this: They are used all the time to join trusses in the flat plane. Good luck!
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General contractor for adding windows to old construction?

Adding to the other answers. My experience is that the job is too big for a handyman and too small and fiddly for a builder. Modifications can be more expensive than New structures. Without knowing ...
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General contractor for adding windows to old construction?

You are crossing the lines of abilities with this type of project. You need four things. Architect/engineer to OK the installation of the windows and appropriate framing for them. Person to do said ...
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General contractor for adding windows to old construction?

I understand in some areas, a window company may do this type of modification. However in most cases you will need a General contractor because changes will be made to the structure. Because of those ...
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Is it a problem that a sill plate is not flush with foundation outer wall?

The only concerns are proper bearing for the load path and flashing for drainage. You seem to have both covered. I've seen homes with just 2½" of sill bearing due to floor truss sizing problems, ...
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If I put 1/2" skirt boards above stringers, will I still have enough room to support treads?

Cut pieces of 2x4 or 2x6 (whatever you've got lying around) to tread depth and use that as blocking. Then nail these to the side of the stringer under each of the existing treads. (I'd leave the ...
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