Garage attic. Can I cut this 2x4?

Old 05-13-24, 10:09 AM
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Garage attic. Can I cut this 2x4?

One on the front and one on the back and they block prime attic storage space. I'm thinking they were put there to keep the rafters stable during construction so I want to remove them. Are they integral to the structure? Thank you in advance.
Old 05-13-24, 10:18 AM
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Diagonals like that are sometimes required. The only way to know is to look at the Engineering documentation for your trusses. If it is shown on the documents from the truss manufacturer or Engineer then it's required regardless if it's structural or not. If it's in the signed off Engineering it must be there and cannot be removed without signed Engineering approval to remove it.

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