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Old 11-05-2016, 10:33 AM   #1
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Hello all--
Need to locate ceiling joists in living room and wonder if they all run same direction.
Home is approx. 38 ft deep (east/west) with open ceiling from front to back with exception of oval fireplace between two rooms creating a 20 ft deep living room. (east/west).
Have located two joists running e/w on 24 inch centers but wonder if joists turn and run north/south in front of fireplace or is a header of some type used in order to keep joists running e/w ?? There is no visible support of any kind to hold the ends of the joists in front of fireplace other than maybe a header across from joist to joist.
Thanks for any thoughts on this--
(BTW--hip roof too low to get in attic to look)
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Old 11-07-2016, 07:49 AM   #2
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What's the chimney dimensions? 24" oc joist space is enough for a standard chimney so all your joists would run right through. If a joist ends up against the chimney, usual framing is to double the adjoining joists with a header in between about an inch away from the masonary. Butting joist would join the header. If the chimney span is greater than one or two joist bays, the load bearing points must be looked at.
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Is there any present opening a selfie stick/camera would go through?
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Trusses? or Rafters?

Either way, there will likely be a change of direction for the ceiling members. Truss built roofs usually have a girder where several trusses are joined together and the pattern will change from the girder to the outside wall of the Hip Roof.

Google "hip roof truss layout" for images describing the layout.
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Thanks to all that have replied.
I think "Carpdad" has the idea. Have "woodpeckered" my way around quite a bit and discovered that the ceiling joists all run the same direction, which is "thru/into" the brick fireplace. All so far are set 24 oc so am currently getting set up to chalk a line across and start nailing furring strips.
BTW--anyone ever installed the Armstrong ceiling planks (#480) ? I know they are extremely fragile but hopefully all will go well with their installation.

Thanks again for all your help--
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