Repair at ridge beam


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Old 02-15-08, 12:08 PM
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Repair at ridge beam

Hello,

We are selling an old house (built 1921). The inspector wrote "The ridge beam is required to be the full depth of the rafter ends for bearing. Some rafter ends show signs of excess stress at time of inspection & were found cracked."
I'm wondering if it would be better to add metal straps to connect the rafter ends to the ridge beam or to sister more wood.

What are your thoughts?

Thanks in advance
 
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Old 02-15-08, 06:43 PM
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Why not add (drive in)a full length 2 x 4 under the existing ridge beam, so that it is at least as low as the bottom cut of the rafters?
 
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Old 02-16-08, 08:31 AM
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I had not thought of that, thanks.
 
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Old 02-16-08, 08:43 AM
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adding/wedging a 2x under the existing ridge board(if it is a 2x) and nailing/screwing it in would be a help. does it have collar ties? if not, i would add them, at least on every other pair of rafters if not all.
 
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Old 02-16-08, 11:24 AM
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Good suggestion, Mike. I once had to tear 1/2 a roof completely off down to the ceiling below and rerafter it including with collar ties. A tornado tore off a goodly portion of roof only on one side of the house. This was 22 years ago.
 
 

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