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Re: Roof Trusses

Posted By: Joe
Sunday, 4 June 2000, at 4:59 p.m.

In Response To: Roof Trusses (Steve)

All your trusses should be mounted on the new walls of the addition.

Depending upon HOW you plan to attach the new reverse gable to the old gable roof will affect how you proceede.

For example, if you are continuing the cathedral ceiling into the old part of the house, you will need to open up the old roof and install actuall valley rafters and valley jacks with a ridge board from the trusses to the old rafters or ridge board..

If however, the cathedral merely starts where the new addtion begins, most framers would NOT rip open the old roof to install a true valley rafter, but simply lay a 2x8 (or other) on the flat going up over the top of the old roof to act as a plate for valley jacks on the bottom end and fastened to a small ridge boad (running from the first truss to the roof plate) on the other. Perfectly acceptable technique (depending of course on overall design loads).

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