Strengthen Garage ceiling

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Old 03-27-15, 01:39 AM
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Strengthen Garage ceiling

Strengthen Garage ceiling
Hello my house was built in 1965 or so has a garage which is attached. I was planning on installing some ceiling storage with two 4'x8' safe racks. I realized that my garage does not have ceiling joist which is needed to mount the brackets of the racks. Instead it has rafter ties which are spaced out at 48' oc. I do not belive that these rafter ties would not be able to support the racks and the weight they would carry at least the way are at the moment. So I did some research and found that my one opton would be to add additional rafter ties every 8-16" to strengthen the ceiling which does not out any additional weight upon the ceiling and allow me to install the safe racks. Just wanted to get some input on if this would be correct and opinions on this. Also if I did add the rafter ties would I be nailing them to the rafters? Or the headers?
 
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Old 03-27-15, 02:57 AM
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Welcome to the forums! You filed a duplicate post in another forum, which I archived, since duplicate threads get confusing. This forum will suffice to answer your questions.

Most garage ceilings, whether or not they have trusses, or are stick framed, do not have the capability of heavy storage without first supporting the entire span. What you propose seems to be a good solution. Having an independent span just for your weight load will not jeopardize the integrity of the garage ceiling. Is the ceiling exposed, or is there a ceiling covering, like sheetrock? I find it difficult to believe there is anything like sheetrock spanning 4' centers. You may want to post pictures of the ceiling and the framing so we can see what you see. http://www.doityourself.com/forum/el...rt-images.html
 
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sorry about the duplicate thread I posted the framing and floors been discovered walls and ceilings and didn't know which would have been more appropriate.
 
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the ceiling is exposed, the home has had an addition to it but I do not believe anything was done to the garage.Also i forgot to mention the additional rafter ties i would be adding 2x6 and the existing ties are 2x4 or should i use 2x4? Name:  03 - B04SCrH.jpg
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Old 03-27-15, 07:26 AM
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Here are some photos and sorry about the pics they arnt the greatest cause my brother's junk is obstructing the view.






 
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