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Old 05-14-2010, 09:31 AM   #1
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Hi all!

I wish I would have snapped a few pictures, but I'll try to explain as best as i can in the interim.

I'm doing a screened-in deck on the 1st floor of a 2-story house, and need to tie my ridge beam into the existing wall structure of the house. Any recommendations on the best way?

I thought of just getting 2 pieces of angle-iron, through bolting to the ridge beam, and then lag bolting to existing studs in the wall... any thoughts on this approach?

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Is it a ridge beam - sized to carry the roof weight across the distance ?
Or just a ridge board - where rafters will meet from opposite sides
Big difference between the 2

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I think this would qualify as "ridge board" -- it's a 2x8 which my 2x6 rafters will tie into.
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As Scuba noted, a ridge BEAM is a structural element specifically designed to carry roof weight (typically half the roof load). A ridge beam must be designed by a qualified professional, and because the supports are critical, part of the design of the ridge beam is a set of details of the connection between the ridge beam supports and the ridge beam itself. If you have a ridge beam, you must support it correctlly, meaning the roof load must be carried down through the framing to the foundation.

If you have a ridge board, as Scuba noted, you have a non-stgructural element, which is held up by the rafters. If you don't know which you have, I recommend you seek professional assistance in developing a framing plan.
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I think this would qualify as "ridge board" -- it's a 2x8 which my 2x6 rafters will tie into.
I'm gonna jump on the "get someone who knows what's up" bandwagon here, but for clarification: If you have a structural ridge "beam" then it's likely there will not be any ceiling joists. Using a a ridge beam is one way of creating a vaulted ceiling. If there is going to be a horizontal ceiling stacked on top of the walls, then it's likely you've got a ridge board and it won't be structural, just providing a surface for opposing rafters to bear against.

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A picture of where you are attaching it might help
How long is the 2x8 ?
Will you have ceiling joists or rafter ties ?
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A picture of where you are attaching it might help
How long is the 2x8 ?
Will you have ceiling joists or rafter ties ?
me thinks a vault

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