Vaulting my 1957 Rancher ceiling

Old 08-08-10, 07:05 PM
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Vaulting my 1957 Rancher ceiling

I want to vault this ceiling. I figure the place to start is somehow get out all the drywall and insulation without first suffocating.
Then I hope to use some of the ceiling joists for collar ties. I need help. I know I need to consult a structural engineer, but that sounds like money that I do not want to spend. Anyone?

There is the supporting wall down the center of the room which I understand may need addressing in some way with a beam, or post of some kind, I can go for that.
Old 08-09-10, 04:35 PM
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Welcome to the forums!! No way anyone on this forum will touch this one. Not until you spend your obligatory money to the structural engineer. "Addressing the supporting beam in some way" tells us you need an engineer more than ever.
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Like many, I don't like to spend any more money than I need to but this is the time to hire a structural engineer! One good example is a house my wife used to own. The guy that bought it decided he wanted an open floor plan so he tore out walls to make it happen - a year later the roof collapsed and the house was eventually torn down.

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