I've never seen anything precut, no; but then again, I've never looked...
It depends on the application and which you're actually talking about.
For the bottom where apparently OP (or is that also you?) tore the
nailing plates up for some reason the similar ones should work ok, but I
figure it's as easy/simple to simply cut some plywood scraps for the job.
At the top to tie the two sides together to replace the broken chord I'd
go w/ as large a section as I could conveniently get into the space.
Yea, drywall screws are brittle since they are hardened. And those skinny
ass necks (that are getting skinnier) don't help. Pretty soon they'll be
nothing but a Phillips head pin
For applications where I want to make sure the screws don't snap I use
the ones that are touted as won't break or strip. Floors, & decking I
suppose they are geared for.
I was taken back by the fact that they are like 8.79 for a lb box. Then
you look at drywall screws and they are just about $6. Don't know of any
places around here that sell drywalls in bulk and you can just scoop a lb
for 2/3 to 1/2 the cost of Borg bastards.
You have taken a very bad situation and made it much worse by your
well-intentioned repair efforts. I personally feel that your situation now
is such that anything short of a professionally engineered solution is not
worthwhile. Although there are probably lots of ways to make a satisfactory
repair, any future inspections, insurance claims, or sales would likely fail
without evidence of properly engineered evaluation and repair. The HVAC
contractor has done major damage to a critical structural part of your home
and fixing it is going to cost a lot of money. The only question is who is
going to pay for it and the courts may have to decide that.
I doubt anyone will recommend pulling out what holds the trusses together.
I wouldn't, even if I thought I knew what I was doing. No one has the whole
picture from a NG posting.
I would guess not too much. Teeth back in same holes are much weaker. Teeth
in next to other vacant holes is not the same as teeth in virgin holes
BTW, please don't try going to the Borg to get new connectors. Those are
not truss connectors in any way. Probably called joiners, mending plates or
something like that. The few truss connectors I've seen are stamped with
their rating like "MT20".
In some state they will not sell truss plates to non professionals simply
because they don't want hacks using them. They are designed to be put in
with presses. And they do not want to be sued I'm sure is another reason.
As I previously posted, is a permit needed to alter/change a truss which is
a key structural component? If so, did they get one? What inspector signed
off on it.
That might have been MC's ace in the hole. Read the rest of the thread to
get the whole story.
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