Repair Wood Trusses Repair Wood Trusses
Wood trusses are assemblies of pieces of wood connected by steel plates that are used for various purposes, but serving mainly as a support across open space or gaps. Wood trusses are common components of various types of floors, ceilings and roofs. Although wood trusses may withstand different weights and pressures applied to it, there are still instances in which it can be damaged. The most common cause of damage to wood trusses is an unexpected impact on the wood trusses, causing the support planks to be pried off from its attachment, break apart, or disintegrate. If you encounter such a problem, don't worry because the problem is easily addressed. Below are the steps for repairing wood trusses.
Step 1 – Identify the Extent of the Damage
Survey the roof to determine the specific area where the damage on the truss is visible. Mark this spot with a pencil, and measure the extent of the damage. Determine also the reason for the damage, whether the wood truss joints are dislocated or removed or if the planking is destroyed. If it is the latter, measure the size of the damage in order to have an idea of the length of the plank that will be needed to repair or replace it.
Step 2- Preparing and Securing the Plank in the Damaged Area of the Truss
Cut two planks into two pieces one foot longer than the size of the damaged area. Place the planks over the damaged area by sandwiching the damaged section between two cut planks. Put the planks in the center of the damaged spot to ensure that the area is fully covered. Keep the planks in place with the use of a C- clamp.
Step 3 – Drilling and Securing the Planks in Place
Once the planks are securely placed and held by the C-clamps, start drilling holes between the planks and the damaged spot. Make six separate holes using a drill, each about 1.5 inches away from the other. It is also important that the holes do not form a straight line in order to fully cover the whole of the damaged spot. Create holes that are large enough for the bolts to fit in. Screw the bolts in each of the holes, and tighten them down. You can use a hammer to push the bolts in place until it is securely tightened. You may now remove the C-clamps.
Step 4 – Realigning Broken Joints
If the problem is broken joints, identify the location of the dislodged plank joint. Remove it with a hammer if it is already realigned. Push the planks back to the original alignment, and replace the plate on the sides of the plank. Do not reposition the joints on the same spot as before, but move it slightly away so that it can stick on newly punched wood. Secure the joints in place using nails.