Repairing Scissor Trusses Repairing Scissor Trusses

What You'll Need
Steel Braces

Scissor trusses give your ceiling a vaulted design, which makes it a very nice framing option. However, the height and depth of your vaulted ceiling is limited by the slope of the exterior surface of your roof. Now, if your house displays this kind of roofing truss and it is in need of repairing, here are some steps on how to do it.

Step 1 - Survey Your Scissor Trusses

Since scissor trusses use less framing, it is actually the easiest truss to handle with regards to cleaning and repairing. The ease of looking for the damaged part of the truss depends on the accessibility of the truss. You need to find out exactly at which point of the beam is damaged and its length. You also need to know the severity of the damage and the structural functioning of the part that was damaged. Once you know this, you may begin the repair.

Step 2 - Repairing Scissor Trusses

If the damaged part of the truss is just the tension bearing part, you can directly cut the damaged portion and replace it with new wood of the exact same length. If the damaged part of the scissor truss is a weight bearing part, then you need to brace the part with reinforced steel braces before replacing the damaged wood, as you would with the tension bearing part.


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