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Old 06-29-2014, 11:41 PM   #16
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That roof system is actually trusses and removing any portion of the truss will cause major structural problems for your roof support. If you plan on making changes to that you will have to get a structural engineer involved in order to do it safely and effectively.
Those "Trusses" are actually manufactured on site, at the time the garage was built. You can tell by looking at them.

A real lumber yard will have someone there, that can spec out the proper beam and same for what they wish to do with raising the ceiling.



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Those "Trusses" are actually manufactured on site, at the time the garage was built. You can tell by looking at them.

A real lumber yard will have someone there, that can spec out the proper beam and same for what they wish to do with raising the ceiling.


I figured out that I don't actually need to raise the ceiling. I was having a brain fart moment because everything is at different heights. As far as I can tell, the house was built first and then the laundry room and then the garage. The garage ceiling is off level and one side needs to go down by a few inches. The laundry room side is too low and needs to be raised about an inch.

Is there a consensus on whether I can adjust the "trusses" myself and use new lumber or I'm not allowed to touch them? If it needs to be engineered, 'll just cut the nails, adjust the height and re-nail it, so the inspector won't know I touched them.
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If you need to raise the lower timber. Do like I stated before. You will have to remove that 1x6 or 1x8. Then nail a new 2x4 or 2x6, that will go the full length of that area at the height you need it. Then just cut off the 2x4 that sticks down lower where the old 2x4 was.

The 1x6 or 1x8 is being used to stop any movement laterally. Just replace that piece with a new 1x8 after doing the above.

You do not want to remove the old bottom 2x4, until you get the new one it place and attached at the studs. You may be required to use Wind straps for your area.



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Now I'm working towards taking down a bearing wall down the center and putting in a beam. It looked like there was a footing under the wall but there is not. The little concrete stem wall is poured on top of the slab. So now I'm planning to jack the concrete up and pour a footing under where I need it, but I'm not sure how big I need it. Do I need to have a stem wall coming up or is that only for exterior applications?
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Anyone offer any help? Can the footing be flush with the rest of the slab?
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Anyone offer any help? Can the footing be flush with the rest of the slab?
You should be asking those questions to your local building department.



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