Carport addition

Old 08-29-20, 06:24 PM
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Carport addition

I had an open carport added to my house 20x34 but the contractor did not put a ridge beam in(there are no rafters it is an open ceiling), which caused my roof to sag. I have since jacked the roof back up and installed the beam, but now my outer walls (Top part of my support beams) will not come back in (currently I have a ratchet strap holding the beams from possibly slipping out). My question is if I release the ratchet strap will it affect my carport. I am installing two new supports across the carport for added safety. Any advice would be greatly appreciated
Old 08-29-20, 07:29 PM
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Well your terminology is all wrong but I think we get the idea.

If your walls are still spread, no I would not release anything yet, and it's unlikely it will stay put if you do.

Is there some reason you can't have ceiling joists (rafter ties)? Because they are what keep your walls together.

If the walls are still spread, you need to raise the ridge beam higher AND use a cable comealong or two or three to pull them together again. Once they are parallel then your beam can be installed at the right height... It is surely too low as is.

Even then, you typically have to strap rafters over the top of a ridge beam to ensure that they cannot spread... And every rather needs a hanger to reinforce the connection to the top plates so that they cannot slip. Only after all that has been done woukd I release any tension ties.

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