We would like to create an attic space in our garage for storing light
weight items. The roof trusses are 26' long and the bottom 2 x 4 (the
long one) is pieced in the middle. Would it be necessary to beef this 2
x 4 up by putting another one across this joint before putting a floor
on top of it--1/2" plywood or 1/2" stranboard.
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probably not. the plywood will stiffen up the trusses. Just do not exceed
the loading for the truss. I store knocked down boxes in my attic. probable
load for the boxes, 40 pounds. Remember anything that goes up there will
probably be in a very hot environment for your summer
Are my WWII artillary shells safe up here?
Is my packing peanut collection safe up here?
Is the car parked below all this stuff worth more than the stuff?
Is my insurance up to date?
"Light Weight" has allot of different meanings out here.
What are you comfortable with, & would a couple bucks of re-enforcement
ease your worries?
If you were my neighbor, I'd stroll over w/ tools & refreshments,
but unfortunately I can't see the situation from here.
Depends, of course, on what you mean by "light"...the bottom chord isn't
designed (or intended) to support vertical loading. Safe is always
better than sorry, so be sure to use common sense in whatever you do.
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