05:07AM | 10/11/05
Member Since: 06/30/05
10 lifetime posts
I want to install a skylight to bring light to an internal groundfloor kitchen. The problem is that the only possible location means that the shaft for the window intersects the purlin (10" x 4")in the attic. The purlin supports rafters that are between 8' and 20' long. Is it possible to remove a section of the purlin? If so what kind of bracing is necessary to maintain support for the rafters?


12:50PM | 10/11/05
Member Since: 09/24/04
128 lifetime posts

Get an engineer to look at the situation before cutting away roof supports. If this is indeed a purlin, and it sounds like it is, this is holding up your roof.

Two possible solutions could be these:

1) Enclose the purlin in the light box and paint it white. Install an obscurring lens to help hide the purlin.

2) Install one of those round solar tube sky lights. The tube could probably go around the Purlin. They look just like a conventional light fixture on the inside and provide a great deal of light on sunny days.

If these are unappealing to you then just remember this. Anything can be done for the right amount of money.

I hope this helps.

U.S.M.C. Semper Fi !!!


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