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Old 03-05-2018, 04:36 AM   #1
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Truss connector plates seperating


I am building a garage and I was very upset to see that several of the truss connector plates in the middle of the bottom chord are separating. This seems like a serious problem to me.

What do you all say about this? Is this common? Is it a manufacturer defect?

Should I pound them back together? Use clamps?

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It appears there is a floor installed with tube heating. Was the truss approved for such an overhead load? Most trusses aren't able to handle such loads without central support.
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I agree with Larry looks like a loading issue. But the people to ask are those who built the trusses. I'm not a truss expert but my opinion is, remove all load from above asap. If not designed for that loading, have the truss company design any possible improvements.
Repairing those plates involves more than just pushing them back into place and that is where the truss mfg needs to be contacted.

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They are attic trusses, so they are approved for having a floor on top. The building is still in construction and as of now, the only load is the empty pex tubing and the subfloor resting on the trusses. Thanks guys, Ill contact teh manufacturer.
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One point you might want to determine if possible is, were those trusses delivered in that condition or damages during the installation. Trusses are very strong in their vertical orientation, but laying flat they bend like a wet noodle. If these were handed up over the walls a careless worker/s could have bent them more than they should. The truss mfg will know. My guess is they did not leave the factory like that and even if they did the framers should have noted and started the repair or replacement process. Weight seems to be on their shoulders.

As for repair some manufacturers have portable equipment but you should maybe run some strings to be sure they are still straight from wall to wall.

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The instruction show clearly that you are not to pull them up using leverage to get them on the building. Talk to the truss company and then do as you are told.
You will likely need a hanger nail gun. Then send hem pictures of the repairs. It's about making the warrantee good.
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LOL,Neal, I had to chuckle, when was the last time you saw a framing crew reading truss instructions. Building layout yes, but any "how to" instructions, not.

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LOL,Neal, I had to chuckle, when was the last time you saw a framing crew reading truss instructions. Building layout yes, but any "how to" instructions, not.

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We always had a crane drop them on the building so those pages were always first to hit the floor. But the instructions take the truss company off the hook.
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