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Old 08-12-2010, 06:10 AM   #16
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I want to duplicate a truss, the truss was made from a truss factory and stamped with approval.......I wanna use the truss in the same manner it was built for except instead of plywood and shingles I am going to use metal roofing .....it should be ok since the metal roof is lighter than shingles.......now I am going to use plywood for gussets and glue and have a good nailing patteren....I made trusses in school but never 28' long and its for my garage has anyone done this......this way duplicating anouther truss

I've seen numerous old plywood gusset trusses. Never seen one fail, but that doesn't mean they haven't. The problem, as noted, is that what you're building hasn't been tested and no one knows how much weight it will hold. You might actually build a stronger truss than a factory stamped unit. It could be half as strong as well, but there's no way of knowing. Since you seem to have your mind made up to go ahead with this, I'd err on the side of caution. Gusset both sides. Research your glue and nail choices well. Use 3/4" plywood. Good luck.

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Thanks SEEYOU....and your right I do have my mind made up on making them myself......I think I can make them stronger the ones I put for my father I thought were junk in my mind. I think I can make them stronger, alot of people dont think plywood is that strong and when you put plywood against a solid object and glue and nail it or samwhich it together it is very strong.....but mamma didnt raise know fool thats why I am asking if anyone else has done one this length before........my only real concern was the where the two bottom chord meet in the middle and connecting them, maybe I can fab something out of metal to I have a nice hunk of plate left over from the last truck I built
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You don't list your location, but I'm sure you need a permit to build this garage.
If you do not permit, and get caught, they WILL make you take it down and likely fine you as well.

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LIKE I SAID BEFORE I do not need a building permit and I do not need it inspected.......I live in PA and the town I live in has a loop hole in the system and every one around here uses it.......it is if you add on to your existing garage and keep it under 1000 sq ft you only need a zoneing permit and not a building permit or an inspection then you tear down the old garage if thats in your plans which it is in mine
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It's cool, calm down.... You can do it if you want to.
But as stated, unless properly engineered, you have no idea how much weight they will hold, and if they fail, insurance will NOT pay. In MY neck of the woods, (literally) I'd HAVE to permit a one car garage, even if under the 200 sq. ft. "no permit needed" rule.

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I already have the engineered specs and what they are designed for, except I am putting a metal roof on which is lighter and I am changing the gussets.....all the gussets do is bond the truss together....so if I can bond the truss together stronger than the metal plates then I should be in good shape
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Chriscr, I say go for it. We've let the man hold us back with his rules and regulations way too long.
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I hear ya Proby........DAMN THE MAN.......I got a couple more weeks till I can set my pole and I have to start building the truss so I will keep researching. Maybe I will get some more info from on here from some oldhead...I might set my poles build maybe two trusses and set them up and then hang some cupcakes in them with some rope hanging from them and see how many fat kids I can get up on them, I have to say I will be the first fat kid up there.....
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Well.... save US some cupcakes!

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I hear ya Proby........DAMN THE MAN.......I got a couple more weeks till I can set my pole and I have to start building the truss so I will keep researching. Maybe I will get some more info from on here from some oldhead...I might set my poles build maybe two trusses and set them up and then hang some cupcakes in them with some rope hanging from them and see how many fat kids I can get up on them, I have to say I will be the first fat kid up there.....
Fat kids, now you done quite preachin and gone to meddlin.
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Sorry Jim waitin to hear if anyone has built these trusses lately
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I hear ya Proby........DAMN THE MAN.
I think it's pretty cool to try something like this out on your own. If there is something specific that you are doing that might not work right, then you should avoid doing it. But I don't subscribe to the theory that everything in life needs to be certified, stamped, listed, etc. There's nothing wrong with using a little ingenuity as long as you follow it thru with proper research.
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I hear ya Proby and if i find any new info I will put it on here and when I build them I will post everything and then maybe we will get about 4' of snow this winter and I can see how my work holds up.....
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