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Old 07-17-2012, 05:10 PM   #1
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Roof Decking

I have two older structures joined with a roof and walls in the middle creating a third structure in the center. These outdoor, detached structures were built in the 30's and all rafters are 2' on center.

The decking is 3/4" ship lap and I understand that I need to build a cricket between the two structures to eliminate leaking problems I am having. For pics and previous post see: 1930's low pitch roof

I have an abundance of this 3/4" ship lap left over from a renovation project. My existing decking has some rot and termite damage and I'd like to know if there is any harm in using the 3/4" ship lap I have.

The only issue I could think of is the weight but then I wonder how it's been standing for the past 80 years without issue.

My sill plates are rotted and I plan to jack the walls, replace plates and ensure the walls have a beam every 16". With the new cricket I intend to build, I will plan to space rafters every 16" on center as well.

Since I have foundation issues, there may be a possibility that I will demo the structures all together in the future but for now I simply want to keep it as is.

Any thoughts are appreciated.


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Old 07-18-2012, 09:46 AM   #2
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It worked for that long, can't see it not being effective now.

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