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angellahvic 06-21-2012 10:13 PM

Can I move the beams in my Attic?
 
Hi All,

I live in an A frame, on a slab. I have a very large attic, and I want to finish it, add a staircase from the main level up and use it to expand my store.

My question is has anyone ever moved the beams around that hold the roof up(im assuming thats what they do)? they are zig zagged all over the place and I want them to look like this /\
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instead of this /|/|/|/| . Do my silly pictures make sence to anyone?

If anyone can help that would be great!

Thanks,

Angel

gregzoll 06-21-2012 10:21 PM

Pictures really help. If they are manufactured Trusses, not joists, the short answer is no. If they have metal plates holding the members together, they would be trusses. As for expanding your store, you could if you own, and only you are willing to properly pull permits and have a licensed reputable contractor do the work. That would also mean that your store would have to be closed during the expansion phase.


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