truss vs ridge beam


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Old 08-29-03, 12:35 PM
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truss vs ridge beam

I'm finally making progress on the garage. I had a 20 x 24 slab poured today and I'm trying to decide on pre-made trusses or a stick built roof. I'm no carpenter but I'm pretty handy and a quick study. Any advice?
 
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Old 08-29-03, 06:17 PM
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hoffman,

I would go with pre-manufactured trusses, easy and fast.

Good Luck!
 
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Don't even think about anything other then pre made trusses. You can buy them for less money then you can buy the lumber, gang nails, to build a rafter. Also one other thing, Alot of building departments will not allow home made rafters. Good Luck
 
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Old 08-29-03, 09:26 PM
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Thanks guys. I spoke with a local truss factory and that's the route I'm taking. They said it'll be next week before they could lay a price on me. How much should I expect? Its going to be a 6-12 20 feet across the end looking at the gable with a foot overhang. They also said that they make pre-made walls also so I'm checking into that. Probably be too much for my budget though...
I hope to be around here quite a bit now that the project is rolling
 
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Menards, and Home Depot sell 6/12 x 20' long for about $60.00 each. Good price. The strength for the price cannot be beaten. Good Choice.
 
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Old 08-31-03, 09:32 AM
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thanks Jack. I didn't know Home Depot did that. The local truss factory is backed up pretty bad right now so I'll check with HD.
 
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I don't know where you live, so am not sure if your home depot carries them. Many of the west coast stores do. Good Luck
 
 

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