Repairing a notched rafter in a truss roof

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snipped-for-privacy@iowatelecom.net wrote:


I have done this on several occasions where the original construction of the roof had failed, or was inadequate to begin with. I did this under the supervision of an engineer. He designed and inspected the installation of plate gussets and braces to create what became a truss. I have over 30 years of experience in construction and I would never do this without an engineer. This is just one of those times where you really need one.

You could however, install a beam in the attic to carry whatever needs to be carried by the removal of the bearing wall. Even this would be a good reason to contact an engineer for sizing, but if the situation is simple enough, you may be able to size and install a beam.

Good luck.

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I love to hear old-timers tell stories. At a JLC Live stair building seminar taught by Jed Dixon, I talked with Jed and Don Jackson (editor of JLC) about installing skirt boards and how I was taught to install the treads and risers first, and then scribe the skirts over the top of them.

Don told me that they had a guy who taught that method in one of their Live events. Pre-built stairs were set up on stage with the treads and risers butting against the drywall on the closed side. The instructor told the audience that he was going to scribe the skirt over the in-place stairs.

During one of the sessions, an audience member raised his hand and said: “I’m sure it can be done, but for the time it’s going to take, and with the fit you’re going to end up with, it’s much better to install the skirt first!”

The instructor then asked the fellow if he had a $20 bill. The guy pulled one out of his wallet and the instructor pulled one out of his wallet. The instructor then...

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