I hired the AC tech to replace my AC system which included a new condenser
unit outside and a new handler up in the attic along with new drain line and
drain pan etc...The old air handler had to be removed and disposed of.
The AC tech told me the new air handler will fit in the same space. I
specifically told him to make sure the unit he orders will fit and I don't
want to have to cut any rafters, and when they were done, they cut two of my
rafters out!!! I asked him and he said it had to be done or else it
wouldn't fit. So I had to figure out a way to fix what he did.
This is what the two members used to look like, the piece that goes from the
joist to the roof rafter. See the image:
In order to fix this, I remove the left over pieces he cut from the bottom
and top connection. Took me a long time because there are plates with
hundreds of teeth biting into several pieces of framing at the same time,
there was not enough elbow room to work or get leverage so it took me a long
time. Once I got them out, I replaced them with a piece going from the
bottom to the top only at a steeper angle, then I ran another piece from
there to the high point. So basically replacing one member with two. Here
are the photos:
Will this work? I think it should but want to double check.
Also, the metal piece the bites into these wood took a long time to pull
out, a few pieces I cannot pull out but managed to "bend" backwards to let
loose the piece of wood. Is there a tool to remove these metal plates? I
was up there almost 4 hours just prying the plates out.