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Old 06-16-2012, 06:50 AM   #1
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My sunroom did a valiant job of keeping a tree from hitting the ground. Now I have a mess. Every contractor that has been here says it needs rebuilt from the ground up; insurance says it can be repaired-and is only allowing the money for a repair. I want to try to grab a few friends and do this myself. I know I need a new roof on it but my bigger issue is on the side where the tree hit, it pulled the wall off the house so it is skewed. We need to straighten the wall back up and re-anchor. Anyone have any pointers or am I an idiot for wanting to do this myself? I'm a toolmaker by trade but not much experience with wood.

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This requires pictures. Take some and post to the thread.

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I can post more-this is an overview
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Old 06-16-2012, 07:46 AM   #4
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No windows broken? That was decent luck. But it sure seems like it'd be reasonably simple to bring that wall back into line once you get the roof off of it.
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One window broken, the one with the blinds pulled. Not bad considering all the other carnage just that one tree left!
My thought was to get the roof off and maybe try a come along, drilling through the top of the end stud and bolting a steel plate to distribute force. Not sure how to do the other end of the come along yet. Also, not sure what to do if I do jack it back to straight.
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Once the roof is off there shouldn't be much force required to move that wall back into plumb. It sounds like it wasn't attached to the wall vertically, or at least not in a very secure fashion, probably just to the roof rafters above. Or are there also joists running level out from the wall? Is the ceiling open above the sunroom, or is it drywalled?
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It wasn't attached to the house well as far as I can tell. It has a drop ceiling in it, covered with vinyl so I can't see the rafters-yet. The limbs got through it far enough to screw up the joists in the drop ceiling too. I think the first thing I will do is start pulling vinyl so I can see exactly what is going on-and excuse me if I get joists, rafters, studs, etc..wrong.
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Right, it's rafters that run up at the angle, joists that run level under them. The drop ceiling usually just has a frame, often hung by wires from the structure above.
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OK, so then can't see rafters yet, joists are also damages and vinyl is on rafters-no drop ceiling (not that it matters)

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