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Balloon Framing, open web trusses.

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Hi, I’m looking for some advice/ ideas.
So I own an old farm house built back in like 1890, the foundation has been completely redone prior to me buying it, the previous owner lifted the house and put a block foundation with a poured floor. It’s a two story home, length about 33 feet, width about 24 feet. My wife and I like open floor plans and this place needs a lot of work. So I am planning on replacing some old 2x8 floor trusses with open web trusses. The home is balloon framed currently and the original floor trusses run the length ways of the house with a load bearing wall supporting them in the middle.
I am planning on going to an open web truss the width of the house (roughly 24 feet) and being able to clear span it so we can get rid of the load bearing wall on the main floor and basement. Any ideas on the size of ledger I would need to support the trusses? I plan on a 18 inch tall truss at 19.2” OC.
Any other advice for me on this?
Also, anyone have a good way to cut the notch into the wall studs for the ledger?
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So you plan on letting in a ledger into the existing wall studs for the trusses to bear on top of? Keep in mind most sizes have a 1 3/4" to 3 1/2" minimum bearing. You don't have a new rim joist going in to prevent end rotation so you'll have to use bridging or strongbacks. The stud spacing probably varies either side of 16"o.c. but never right on, so a truss at 19.2" might actually land on a stud. In my experience with that era of wood, it is darn hard to cut and you can't just knock the back of a notch and get a clean break like you can with SYP. Also the ones I've been in the floor joists are set on the foundation without a sill, then the 2nd floor is ballooned. Did the PO add a sill plate when he redid the foundation? That may be better bearing at least for the 1st floor.

You are adding 10" in height, that changes the elevations of your existing doors and windows. Or are you going with a top chord bearing truss to push the bottom chord down and just cut into the basement and 1st floor ceiling height?
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