11:43AM | 07/26/03
Member Since: 07/25/03
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I just purchased a first home, and do not want to spend a lot of money if at all possi ble. I have noticed that the center of the eave of my roof is sagging. The back side of the roof is as well a bit. I went into the attic and noticed that a few of my trusses are cracked. My question is, what are the pitfalls of jacking up the roof by a couple of inches and rebracing? It seems easy enough, but I am not sure. Is there a good article to look at, or can someone please help? Thanks.


05:06PM | 07/28/03
Generally when repairing damaged trusses a structural engineer must be involved. I do not recommend you try this without a structural engineer’s approval first but the repairs will usually go like this:

You will sister a new member along side the broken one and securely nail them together for the full length of the repair (6-8 inches apart in 2 staggered rows). The repaired area generally needs to overlap a minimum of 48” – 60” each way centered over the break and the new wood must be of the same size, species, and grade of wood as the original truss.

Like K2 I also would check into the disclosure clause as well as any inspection reports. Any additional loading added to the roof after the initial construction would also be a concern.


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