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Old 03-10-2011, 12:08 PM   #1
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Supporting Garage ceilings joists above garage for supporting storage weight.


I have a 6 year old unfinished, detached 2 1/2 car garage. It has a gable roof. It measures about 21.5' x 24'. The walls are 7' high. There are "5" 2x6 joists across the ceiling that span the entire 21.5' length. They are 48" apart. There are random kickers between some of the joists. There is also only 1 beam that runs lengthwise across the 24' span, resting on top of the 5 2x6 joists, that the garage door side hardware is attached to. I would like to secure the ceiling to support the weight of a Plywood floor above (I am guessing 5/8 to 3/4' thick?), in order to store miscellaneous items above. I the height above is not substantial...it is a shallow gradient roof...a few feet high at best in the center, and I will not be storing anything overly heavy above. What is your recommendation as to how to accomplish this project. Thank you in advance for all your input and advise.

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I have a 6 year old unfinished, detached 2 1/2 car garage. It has a gable roof. It measures about 21.5' x 24'. The walls are 7' high. There are "5" 2x6 joists across the ceiling that span the entire 21.5' length. They are 48" apart. There are random kickers between some of the joists. There is also only 1 beam that runs lengthwise across the 24' span, resting on top of the 5 2x6 joists, that the garage door side hardware is attached to. I would like to secure the ceiling to support the weight of a Plywood floor above (I am guessing 5/8 to 3/4' thick?), in order to store miscellaneous items above. I the height above is not substantial...it is a shallow gradient roof...a few feet high at best in the center, and I will not be storing anything overly heavy above. What is your recommendation as to how to accomplish this project. Thank you in advance for all your input and advise.
What you describe is inadequate for storage. That size joist isn't large enough to span the distance you state. I think the max on a 2x6 is 14 feet.
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