Trusses


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Old 05-15-02, 07:16 AM
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Question Trusses

We just had our 4 year old home inspected before selling. Apparently 2 trusses were cut in order to put in the attic stairs and the inspector said this was a major violation. What can we do? How to fix?
 
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Old 05-19-02, 11:38 AM
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Truss repair

Repairs will have to be done to satisfy the local building codes. Contact the inspector regarding what will satisfy the authorities in your area. Also find out if you need a building permit and another inspection.
 
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Old 05-20-02, 05:09 AM
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THe inspector didn't seem to know...he just said you CANNOT ever cut a truss...the truss that was cut is in our hallway (ranch house) and it is supported by 2 interior walls. We have had 2 builders tell us that while the truss should not have been cut by th builder, it's definitely not a major structural problem.
Any way I can find out local building codes?? Who would I contact? The inspector has been less than helpful thus far.

Also, is it worth contacting the builder b/c it was a construction defect? We have a 2-10 warranty, and we don't care about the $$$, it's just the fact that the truss shouldn't have been cut.

Thanks.,
 
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Old 05-22-02, 04:40 PM
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Building Codes

The local Building Codes are available at the Inspector's office. Perhaps there is more than one inspector and another one might be more helpful. It is within the duty of an inspector when he sites a violation to tell you how it is to be corrected.

The Memphis Folding Stair Company states:

"CAUTION: If your home uses roof trusses, do not cut ceiling joists without engineering consultation and approval. If it is necessary to cut ceiling joists or trusses, watch out for electrical wiring and be sure to tie these cut members to other joists or trusses with 2"x6" or 2"x8" headers forming a four-sided frame or stairwell to install the stairway." Retrieved 22 May 2002. http://www.memphisfoldingstairs.com/instructions.htm

If your home is under warranty, I would most certainly try contacting the contractor. You might want to review the warranty as well.

Your local Home Builder's Association is also an excellent source of information.
 
 

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