This reminds me of an old wisdom, which I learned years ago:
"It's not a matter of how long you make it", "It's a matter
of how you make it long".
Old wisdom never fails!
-- Flemming Larsen
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> From: firstname.lastname@example.org
> [mailto:email@example.com]On Behalf Of Brian Kemp
> Sent: Thursday, June 27, 2002 22:05
> To: Randall Young
> Cc: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: Re: Slightly off-topic question
> Disclaimer: Most of what I know about rafters and joists I learned from
> watching Hometime and This Old House.
> My thoughts:
> - If you sister the broken beam with 2x6 and can't go the full
> length with a
> single beam, consider using a beam on each side, with one end
> resting on the
> wall. Cheap ASCII art:
> ------------------ sister 1
> ------------x-------------- original broken board
> ------------------ sister 2
> This should give you double strength.
> - get two 1x6x24 boards and put one on each side. You should be
> able to bend
> the 1x enough. Two 1x6 glued and bolted should add enough
> strength, especially
> if you glue crack in the broken 2x6.
> - Use pairs of 1x6 between the existing rafters to give you 2x6
> equivalents on
> 24" centers.
> - I second the comment about blocking or bracing to keep the rafters from
> twisting. If your plywood is screwed to the top, some 1x4 across
> the bottom may
> be enough, otherwise add perpendicular 2x6 between the rafters.
> That's how my
> roof is braced.
> - I'm assuming the rafters are parallel to the garage door. Can you add a
> perpendicular beam under the existing rafters supported by posts
> at the front
> and back of the garage? That way, the existing rafters would be
> spanning less
> than 24 feet. Since you can bring the beam straight through the
> garage door,
> length shouldn't be an issue. I would expect that the beam
> should be fairly
> hefty if it runs from the front to the rear of the garage
> supported only at the
> - get a 4 post lift and put it in the center of the garage. Use
> the posts to
> support the rafters. The Triumphs don't need a lot of height, so you can
> probably make due without removing rafters.
> - I probably wouldn't do this because some people measure success
> and manhood by
> the amount of stuff you have, but you could try to clean out and
> have a garage
> sale, donate the stuff to charity, or fill trash cans. The you
> don't need to
> strengthen the rafter system.
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