Greetings, in the roof space (loft) of my 1950's built house the trusses
which support the roof have a vertical 2x1 wooden strut from peak to
main joists. Would it be adviseable to remove one to give more
accessible space or is that a nono.
It is almost invariably a mistake to remove roof structure without
replacing it with other elements that have the same effect. Is it
possible to put in uprights with a suitable cross-piece that would
support a shortened vertical?
In any modernish house the roofs are built to absolute minimum specs
and removal of even an apparently functionless piece can critically
effect the stability of the whole.
Nothing should be done to it without competent professional help.
Don't be discouraged. A simple bit of steel support properly applied
can open an entire roof space up for very little cost when considering
the overall effect. You do need expert advice and it does not have to
cost the earth. A structural engineer is only involved with a visit
and trip to the roof space to give advice.
I have just had a combi boiler fitted and the cw tanks and hw cylinder
removed. It left an interesting amount of space and I was mainly
thinking out loud. If in the future I go ahead I will certainly get
someone to advise.
Thanks for your input.
They are not trusses, not man enough, probably simple ceiling braces.
if you have purlins then these will provide support for the rafters
I design loft conversions so may be able to help if you can send a
photo and simple loft plan with dims.
If you want to simply use for storage or access then you should be ok,
but your main issue will be providing alternative floor support
independent of the existing ceiling joists and possibly headroom.
Thank you for your comments, that sounds more like it.
At the moment I am struggling to get the new bathroom completed and the
weather is looking better for golf so loft conversion is way back on my
list. I have no doubt the time will come but not soon. :-)
I had in mind a bolt hole I can retreat to where stuff gets stored.
Part of the loft is already floored with reclaimed flooring and there is
plenty of headroom. I have about 6ft. either side of the centre line
If and when I decide to go further I will post in here and hope you see
it. I must admit that I am not hugely competent at diy nor overly keen
but I was interested to see if it could be done.
Thank you very much for your interesting reply.
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