Building a roof truss


Old 06-14-12, 10:23 AM
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Building a roof truss

I am in the planning stage of building a set of roof trusses for a small guest house. The width of the truss needs to be 33 feet long along the bottom chord. I'll be using 2x6" boards with 2/12 pitch. For most of the house there will be a load bearing support wall at 16.5 feet.What is the best method of splicing boards together to get the 33 feet needed for the bottom chord? Can I just use regular gusset plates for the splicing and have a secure roof? Can the same be done for the upper chord?
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Old 06-14-12, 03:34 PM
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I'm not sure that complies with code without having a support where the boards meet. I would check with a local architect.
Old 06-14-12, 03:44 PM
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If this is going to be permitted and inspected...I would imagine they will want to see the specs from an architect, engineer, or truss manufacturer?

For the time involved getting materials, cutting and assembling...might it not be cheaper to buy them pre-made?

If you are out in the boonies...I can kind of understand....but it might make things much easier for a small charge.

That said...I would have to agree. I would think any joints would need to be supported.
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