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Akiral

11:00AM | 11/09/06
Member Since: 11/08/06
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In my attic, there are 1x4 lengths of wood attatched horizontally to every third roof beam (truss?). The boards, some warped, some tight, and some doing nothing whatsover, are constantly giving me headaches, literally. They are all around 5 feet from the flooring, and they are a big pain in the butt while I'm installing new insulation, and when I need to store a few things up there. Were they used for the initial construction of the house only? What real purpose are they serving now? Also, if I shouldn't remove them, is there any other way to alter them w/o compromising their function? Thanks!

Akiral

06:00PM | 11/09/06
Member Since: 11/08/06
3 lifetime posts
Did some homework, and found out what I was looking at were collar beams. I read that they help to keep the roof from sagging or warping. I also read that some people remove them, but I guess I won't. I guess I'd only be inviting problems to start if I removed them. Please feel free to give me some opinions on this.

Thanks.

k2

07:01PM | 11/10/06
Member Since: 06/06/03
1250 lifetime posts
I just HATE it when annoying structural supports get in my way, LOL!

But seriously, thanks for the updated post; I never knew what they were called either!

Yeah, I think I'd leave them too.

Also, attics aren't generally too great for storage (much less walking around in)...they aren't usually rated to carry much load. As for installing insulation--wow, that is a nasty job anyway...and be sure you have adequate venting to allow for the higher R-value.

Thanks for the posts!

Regards,

-k2 in CO

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Akiral

01:04AM | 11/11/06
Member Since: 11/08/06
3 lifetime posts
Hey, thanks for your thoughts k2. Yeah, I'm leaving them up, but I'm not thrilled about it. Fortunately, I won't have to worry about working up there again in the near future, I hope. I use the attic for limited storage, and I don't put anything heavy up there, except occassionally me.

Thanks again k2!
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