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Looking to build a 30' x 30' Carport with no posts inside the middle, been scouring the internet for days and unable to find any good plans to get this done...any good ideas or places to look that I can find a good set of plans with lumber sizes and dimensions? Thanks in advance to any and all help!
 

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The best way to eliminate posts in the middle is to use trusses. Dimensional lumber by itself won't make that long of a span.
 

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An engineered truss company will design the roof for snow and or wind and other loads and give you a plan on how to install them.
 

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The best way to eliminate posts in the middle is to use trusses. Dimensional lumber by itself won't make that long of a span.
Should they be engineered or can they be hand built? Trying to not spend a fortune, but also not wanting it to fall over in a few years...
 

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Should they be engineered or can they be hand built? Trying to not spend a fortune, but also not wanting it to fall over in a few years...
We build houses for spec builders that are only concerned about making money, Hand framing or building our own trusses is never part of the discussion, it is not cost or time effective. If you hare working with permits ask the city what they need to have for plans for the roof. I would bet they just want an engineers report for anything close to 30 ft across.
 

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In addition to holding up the roof engineered trusses can be built to provide usable storage space above. A walk through truss is one example.

In addition to local building officials wanting engineered trusses as opposed to owner fabricated your insurance company may also be unwilling to ensure something you created, the do ask.

Bud
 
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You can hand build trusses although it would be a job to get all of them the same and stout enough to erect ..... and as Neal said, the inspector may want to see the engineer's approval for the trusses.
 
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