05:55PM | 03/03/01
Member Since: 03/02/01
1 lifetime posts

I'd like to be able to use the light-duty ceiling above my 3-car garage to store some fairly heavy items. And, I'd like to do this: a) without putting up vertical posts that would reduce garage workspace/flexibility; b) without adding some very heavy/massive sort of wooden beam to be placed under the ceiling (attic floor) joists (i.e. I'd like to be able to hoist this into place by myself, if at all possible, with jack poles). The garage is approximately 22 ft. deep/long and 30 feet wide. The 2 x 10 joists run in the 22 ft. direction and are spaced at 4 ft. intervals. Another 2 X 10 joist runs across these joists-- perpendicular to them and on top of them -- about midway in the garage. The (hip roof) rafters go upward from three directions (from the 2 side walls and front'garage door wall) and 2 x 4's 'tie' the roof rafters to the joists (the joists that run in both directions, as described above). Therefore -- unfortunately --the weight of heavy items placed in the attic currently would transfer the load to the roof rafters and I'm concerned about the roof sagging.

Is there a way I can reinforce this 30 foot wide span, horizontally from below, with a (relatively) lightweight welded pipe or angle iron sort of strut beam? (I could put a vertical post on the wall at each end, if necessary, or try to attach this beam in some fashion to the double 2 x 4's at the top of each side wall; putting posts up against 2 walls would not impact use of the space as would posts in the central area of the garage).

Can you suggest how the above objectives might be accomplished? A better way? Are strut-like steel beams commerically available for garage ceiling spans like this without having something custom-fabricated? How would such a beam be best attached ? (As to identifying potential supplier(s) of such a beam, I live in the Sacramento, Calif. area).

Thanks very much,
Ted S. March 3, 2001


06:49PM | 03/04/01
This would be best answered by a structural Engineer, if you don't want any beams under the attic floor you will need to put in lager joist and place them much closer together. You might be able to do it with 2x12's at 12" centers on the 22' span, just be ready to shell out some money as a 22' to 24' 2x12 will run you in the neighborhood of at least $30.00 each. That would place the cost of the 2x12's at about $900.00.
Click to reply button
Inspiration banner


Post a reply as Anonymous

Photo must be in JPG, GIF or PNG format and less than 5MB.

Reply choose button


Post new button or Login button

To test the boundaries of small-footprint living, interior designer Jessica Helgerson moved her family to a 540-square-foo... Filling an underutilized area beneath the stairs is a smart way to save space. Doing so with a stash of wood, however, is ... The Audubon Society inspired wallpaper in this Adirondack-styled mudroom will get you in the outdoor mood. Grab your coat ... Chalkboard paint opens up endless possibilities for customizing your dresser time and time again. Use chalk to label the c... A fireplace in the bathroom creates the ultimate setting for relaxation. Homeowners often choose electric or gas over wood... This roomy boot tray made from punched metal stands up to all the elements. Station it in your mudroom or at your back doo... There’s nothing like a new set of cabinet hardware to refresh a room. The possibilities are endless: Go modern, rustic, or... FLOR tiles are an affordable way to customize a carpeted floor covering for any space. Make anything from runners to wall-... Chalkboard paint features prominently in this elegant yet unpretentious headboard design. Add a new message daily to reflec... Salvaged boards in varying widths and colors make up the dramatic accent wall in this attic space. The high-gloss white of... The indecisive homeowner need not fret over choosing one (or even two) cabinet colors. The kitchen cabinets in this artist... Incorporate nature into your lighting scheme by securing a dead tree in a concrete mold and draping your pendant lamp from... Simple and striking, a couple of pieces of "lovingly used" furniture creates a special kind of charm. A weathered chair fo... First dress up your metal shelves with a coat of paint in an accent color that complements your kitchen decor. Then arrang... Dark wood shelving and a matching upholstered bench keep this closet sleek and refined. The large window brightens the sub...
Follow banner a
Newsletter icon Flipboard glossy Facebook Twitter Pinterest Youtube Rss icon