I am looking for a source of some free barn plans that feature a gambrel
roof. The reason I am looking is that I have a small 15x30 barn and I think
that a few shortcuts were taken during construction and would like to verify
and correct those shortcuts. For instance he used a single 2x12 for the main
support beam. It is currently bowed downward. I plan to correct that soon.
I find the lack of trussing/ceiling joists? disturbing as well. I could take
some pictures if anyone cares.
On 6/8/2006 8:31 AM R. Pierce Butler mumbled something about the following:
I built my 16x24 shed with a gambrel roof with no trusses, and if done
properly, isn't a problem. I even have a 2' extension out the front to
hook a hoist to so I can lift things upstairs from the outside. I've
loaded in excess of 300 lbs off this without any movement in the joists.
I think I didn't describe my concern correctly. There are no beams or
joists tying the outside walls to the center beam. As a result the long
outside walls have started to bow outward sort of like this..
\__/ but not as exaggerated of course. I have corrected this
That combined with the fact that the original builder depended on nails to
provide support for the main beam and other major load bearing items has me
second guessing everything. Most of the aggregious errors I have corrected
but I am not famliar with the gambrel design and how it works. I think I
will take some pictures and put them up somewhere. Maybe they will serve
as an example of how NOT to build something.
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