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    It appears these trusses may have been altered but I was not sure. The pics are the best I could do

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    Hard to tell from the pics. Those nail plates are huge.


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    That's what I was looking at as well. First time i have seen plates like that.


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    I doubt they've been field modified. Just ain't that easy to press the plates in the field. But they sure are HUGE plates for the purpose.

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    Maybe they were all they had at the factory that day.


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    Very strange to see trusses with a ridge board (at least, it looks like a ridge board, with the truss plates bent around the ridge). How would they ship something like that


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    Here is another pic. There are two ridge boards with ridge venting between.

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    That makes a little more sense. Is this a modular house?


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    No it is a large 4 story condo complex


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    Opps, I meant three story

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    They do look odd but I doubt I'd mention it. If I were inspecting the whole building I may recommend that someone chase down the plans or ask the builder about it.

    It's extremely unlikely a building like that wasn't overseen very closely during contruction. As an HI you can very quickly start to poke your nose where it doesn't belong and lose a lot of credibility if/when you're wrong..... IMO

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    Colorado got snow Wednesday. We only got a couple inches but Denver got much more and some places in the mountains got dumped on.

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    Default Re: Attic truss altered?

    Quote Originally Posted by mathew stouffer View Post
    Here is another pic. There are two ridge boards with ridge venting between.
    Those look to me like short blocks between the trusses. I would not say the trusses have been altered, based only on these pics.

    You could recommend having a builder check the trusses, but i don't see the problem from here.


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    Quote Originally Posted by John Kogel View Post
    Those look to me like short blocks between the trusses. I would not say the trusses have been altered, based only on these pics.

    You could recommend having a builder check the trusses, but i don't see the problem from here.
    That's what I see too.


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    Thanks guys. Have a great weekend, and extra adult beverages for Halloween


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    First of all, I was in an attic today and the trusses had some oversize plates on them too. I am positive they were not altered - just big plates.

    Second, that condo complex could very well be modular buildings. I have inspected many threes story modular buildings. The clues are in the attics, under, and some interior walls. Notice any door frames where the wall is like 8" wide? Looking at the photo again, it could easily be a modular building.

    There will sometimes be a data plate somewhere inside.
    Electrical connections in the attics can also be a clue.
    The underside is the real give away, but you may not be able to see it on this one.


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    Default Re: Attic truss altered?

    The 2x4's look newer or fresher than the rafters; could this be a retrofit fix for a sagging ridge? Would you see whether the lower ends of the larger rafters were nailed or had gusset plates too?


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    I agree with Linda. It almost looks like a stick built roof that has some chords added to beef it up at mid-span on the left side. Erby's right also on the difficulty of pressing the gussets on-site. It's a head scratcher fer-sher. Why not just ask the seller to provide the engineering drawings and the bill of sale from the truss mfr. if there was one?

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    Default Re: Attic truss altered?

    Overside plate are not unusual. Yes the 2 bys would look differet. They were shiped, stacke and may come form a local lumber yard. Go out and follow some construction projects.


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    Overside plate are not unusual. Yes the 2 bys would look differet. They were shiped, stacke and may come form a local lumber yard. Go out and follow some construction projects.


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    Default Re: Attic truss altered?

    The top chords look like 2 X 6. Generally better quality, larger diameter logs are used to make them. There is more of the heartwood showing, so they look darker. They are manufactured trusses, built to strict standards.


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    Ask the seller to provide engineering drawings and bill of sale from truss manf??????
    I don't know of many (if any) condo owners that have a copy or access to the original construction documents or engineering documents.

    The other thing is outside of the inspector questioning the large metal plates, there doesn't seem to be anything wrong here.


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