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Chriscr 09-25-2010 09:32 PM

I built my own trusses
 
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I post awhile back about seeing if anyone on here ever built there own trusses, I got alot of flack about this from people saying I was crazy to stupid for wanting to do this. Well I did it and they are great and very very strongAttachment 25121

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merle 09-25-2010 09:41 PM

They look ok to me. Did you save much money by building your own trusses? If you take into account the time spent building them then how does it compare.?

nap 09-25-2010 10:04 PM

they can be great money savers if you are where you can get a lot of cut offs of 2X.

a couple things about home built:

they are not engineer certified so a building department may not accept them without an engineers cert.

along that same vein; what the plates are made of and how they are attached may present a problem with the building department as well.

Tom Struble 09-25-2010 10:12 PM

and you proved what? exactly

nap 09-25-2010 11:09 PM

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Originally Posted by tomstruble (Post 507189)
and you proved what? exactly

that he could do it.

Isn't that the basis of DIY?

handy man88 09-25-2010 11:24 PM

Is this per code?

I'm not sure whether those wood gussets will provide the long term structural stability that steel ones provide. I don't think I've ever seen a truss manufacturer use wood gussets. I would imagine wood gussets would be cheaper than steel, so if it's ok, then a truss manufacturer would also use nailed on gussets also (no need to buy steel, no need to buy huge presses, etc.).

I assume you used nails instead of screws to secure the gussets. How thick are the gussets?

Chriscr 09-25-2010 11:41 PM

they used wood nailed gussets for over 100 years they use steel now cause it is way faster and the can have a control so all the trusses are alike......but I saved a couple hundred dollars it took time wise if I added it all together i would say 15 hours thats cutting all the wood then putting them altogether after.......I used 1/2 ply nails and screws and alot of glue

Chriscr 09-25-2010 11:46 PM

All yeah and thanks Nap.........and I do not have to have anything inspected......the truss specs for the lengths were designed by a truss company.......

handy man88 09-25-2010 11:47 PM

I assume this isn't planned as a living space with the large door opening and since you didn't extend the trusses to allow soffits to be installed for better heat exhaust.

Chriscr 09-25-2010 11:53 PM

its a garage and theres 8" topcord overhang

Chriscr 09-25-2010 11:54 PM

yeah sorry the pics kinda blurred but there will be soffit all around

handy man88 09-25-2010 11:56 PM

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Originally Posted by Chriscr (Post 507231)
yeah sorry the pics kinda blurred but there will be soffit all around

Why didn't you make the opening big enough for two vehicles to drive straight in?

Michael Thomas 09-26-2010 07:14 AM

There's nothing wrong with properly engineered wood truss plates, in fact it's a standard method of truss repair / reinforcement.

handy man88 09-26-2010 08:56 AM

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Originally Posted by Michael Thomas (Post 507281)
There's nothing wrong with properly engineered wood truss plates, in fact it's a standard method of truss repair / reinforcement.

Design vs. repair are two different things.

BigJim 09-26-2010 09:16 AM

I built a few buildings just like this 30 some odd years ago and they are still standing and in good shape today. I also worked in a truss factory for a while when my work got slow and I would put my home made trusses up against any of the factory ones any day. As matter of fact I never did trust the metal gussets as they just didn't look like they would hold under pressure. The metal gussets are for speed and the fastest way to build. If you want to compare the two, nail and glue a 12 inch X 12inch piece of plywood to something of heavy wood then press in one of the metal gussets, now see which is the easiest to get loose.


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