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08:41AM | 08/29/05
Member Since: 08/23/05
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Before I get started, I want to let you know that this is a great informative site ! I have found numerous useful info here.

We are going to enclose our carport and it has a double cantilever style roof truss. We are wanting to make a cathedral ceiling using the existing truss's if possible and have, what you may find as a very stupid question. If you are looking at the truss, the center section looks like it is a triangle of sorts. What would happen if the portion on the bottom of the truss was cut so as to make a cathedral look or would the roof just fall ?

Like I said before, this may sound stupid but I would like to know since I have seen a few houses being built that look like this is exactly what was done to create their cathedral ceiling.

Thanks in advance for helping with this question.



12:29PM | 08/30/05
Member Since: 06/23/04
161 lifetime posts

I'm not sure what you are describing as a double cantilever truss but I can assure you that the bottom chord or any other part of a truss cannot be cut without causing the truss to fail or sag. Inlist the services of an architect, engineer, or knowledgeable contractor before modifying any part of a truss.



12:44PM | 09/05/05
Member Since: 11/06/02
1278 lifetime posts
do not modify roof truss. Just like a three legged stool will fall over with one leg gone, the roof structure will lose a critical desighn element and fail.

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