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Old 11-07-2017, 12:01 PM   #1
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I have a two car garage with the door being on the wall that runs parallel with the gutters (I'm sure there's a better way to say that...) and I want to finish out the ceiling so I can store stuff above it. We just bought the house and previous owner put some random boards and crap up there.

My current plan is to remove boards from the previous owner and just add more joists the same dimension as the ties that are currently there. Does this seem reasonable?

My other concern is the load this will put on the walls. Do I need to reinforce them somehow? What about the wall that has the garage door built in to it?

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Old 11-07-2017, 02:42 PM   #2
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You only have what looks like 2 X 4 joist up there that where never intend to be top loaded like that.
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The wall are fine but the joists won't take it.
We had an engineer with the idea that a double 2x10 joist system would span a 20 ft garage. The floor sagged under it;s own weight over a couple weeks. It was down about 1 1 1/2" and we had to put beams in under that. But we had room above the big door to work that in.
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Old 11-08-2017, 06:37 AM   #4
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I believe they are 2x6's, not 2x4's and are only serving as ties so I wouldn't store anything up there as is.

As for it sagging under its' own weight. Could I add some boards coming down from the ridgeline to hold it up in the center? Or will that cause other issues?
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The ceiling is currently a hodgepodge of joists, cross members, and plywood and in a poor condition to be expanding for more storage.

The idea that you want to store "stuff" up there has little to do with code requirements. Building codes want at least a minimum of safety as the next person's stuff might be more and heavier than what you are planning on.

Settle on a plan and pull your permits so what you build will be safe and approved by your town.

More pictures and we can help with that plan.

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