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Old 09-14-2010, 01:48 AM   #1
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We don't have a lot of room for storage, but we have a high garage area. I want to build a floor area and hang it from my roof rafters. However I don't know how much weight they will hold. Does anyone have any suggestions?

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What size is the garage ?
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I am only going to do about an 8'X8' storage section and suspend beams from the rafters to hold some storage. I am estimating high and saying no more than 600 lbs. But I am not good with weight. I was thinking of taking 2x4 and building a base then putting plywood on top of that. When that was finished, I was going to suspend it from the rafters and have some storage. I am just not a carpenter and didn't know if that would damage my rafters. If I have to put a support beam up, it will defeat the purpose of using the upper garage space. Sorry I wasn't more clear, any suggestions or advice would be extremely helpful.

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What size are the rafters ?
2x6, 2x8....2x10.....trusses ? Pic would help
Will this be built against one wall/side of the garage ?
One car...2 car garage ?
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If you have a winter, think about the weight of the snow, too. An hour of structural engineer consultation time might be advised.
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A previous owner did the same thing you are talking about doing and it sagged the garage roof down to where I was getting worried it would collapse come 1 more winter. It was attached on 2 walls and hung near the center up to the rafters. The 2 walls of my garage started to seperate as the roof sagged and the rafter nails started pulling away from the ridge beam. After tearing down this makeshift loft this is how I had to suppport my roof (rafter ties,metal fasteners on rafters and ridge beam,cable tie to both walls)... I would do as suggested and consult with an engineer or you may have this same thing happen
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