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So I recently bought an older home (built in 1946) here in Modesto, CA which has a detached garage.

I've been living in the home for about 6 months now and I have started to repair some of the shoddy work done by the previous owners (PO's). I would consider myself to be moderately handy and my dad is an old time DIYer so he usually helps me.

The garage is a perfect example of the PO's "craftmanship". It appears that the PO's took all of the supporting structure from the interior of the garage roofs, such as any rafter or collar ties, out completely and covered the entire roof in cut pieces of cedar fence board for a faux rustic look.

A. It looks like sh#t! B.

The roof has started a slow sag to the eventually land of collapse (it will be a while before that happens, hopefully). Anyways I'm a musician so I have plans on using this garage as a small rehearsal space for my band and I don't feel comfortable leaving expensive equipment in a garage with a sagging roof.
My plan is to use four floor jacks to slowly raise the ridge line back into proper position and use a pony clamp to pinch in the walls slightly (they have started to bow slightly).

Once the ridge line is straight I plan on using 2x4's (or 2x6's) for lower rafter ties and upper collar ties. I'm also thinking about adding a perpendicular 2x4 to tie the collar to rafter ties together. Does this sound at all feasible? Am I total backwards? I have a contractor coming out today but I quite sure I cannot afford his repairs. Let me know, I need some help here people!
 

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Thanks for reading my post. The roof is a gable style roof and no it doesn't have any joists. Basically there is nothing supporting the roof. I'll upload some photos tonight. Thanks again.
 
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