I was considering adding some shelving in my attic. My house is 14 years
old and built with manufactured trusses. What I was considering doing was
to put some 2x4's across some of the V's in a row and then put some plywood
across to make a flat platform shelf. I wasn't planning on putting anything
real heavy on these. One person said it wasn't a good idea because it could
cause the 2x4's to bow after some time and then that will affect the roof.
However another said it wouldn't hurt because any weight on the shelf will
be supported by the 2x4's that I added and that will also keep the V of the
trusses from pushing out. The 2x4's will be nailed into the V so to make it
look like a V with a bar across it. Does anyone have any suggestions.
I did just that. Used 2x4's as cleats to the Vs. The 2x4s created a
triangle, which actually makes the trusses stronger. However, there
is a consideration about the weight on the ceiling rafters below. No
heavy stuff up there, though.
I have a truss attic. I keep the stored stuff over areas that with walls
that might help support the load and avoid the wide open areas of the living
and dining rooms. No problems over 15 years this way.
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