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LOOKING TO BUILD A 36X60 GAMBREL STYLE BUILDING...WITH

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HELLO.LOOKING TO BUILD A 36X60 GAMBREL STYLE BUILDING...WITH LIVING QUARTERS AT THE TOP...AND WANT A CLEAR SPAN AREA...WITH NO POSTS OR MAJOR BRACES...LOOKING FOR A HEAVY TRUSS TO PLACE EVERY 8 FT...THEN 2X6 ON EDGE WITH METAL SHEETING
LOOKING FOR THE BEST AND LEAST EXPENSIVE WAY TO GO....IN NORTHWEST PA...THANKS
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Structural Engineering
Expert:  StructuralEng replied 1 year ago.

Hello

Expert:  StructuralEng replied 1 year ago.

You want a gambrel truss design?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
8ft on center...
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
open too other ideas but want clear span
Expert:  StructuralEng replied 1 year ago.

A gambrel frame is not straightforward and requires connection design to be complete

Expert:  StructuralEng replied 1 year ago.

I can provide an additional service offer to design the gambrel frame and the connections and provide sketches as needed. If you accept the offer, it will take a few days to do the analysis and design on the members and connections.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Please understand any material is ok...but would like to go most cost effective ..but proper...I want the truss to go up from the side with no jacks... gussetts ok...want to have from side wall out...and you can make the side angles steep to get more room etc...Thanks
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
This is in Pa I think 40lb per sq...snow load
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
What do you mean,by excepting the offer..........What will this cost...and how do I know it will be, what Im looking for...Thanks
Expert:  StructuralEng replied 1 year ago.

I'm not allowed to discuss cost in here. I will have to submit it for you.

Expert:  StructuralEng replied 1 year ago.

We can do this. You post a sketch of exactly what you want it to look like. I will then design the members as steel, showing all connections, played, sizes, welds...

Expert:  StructuralEng replied 1 year ago.

After you post the sketch I will submit the offer

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Not sure how to go about that...do you have an email....
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
is there an option for wood as well
Expert:  StructuralEng replied 1 year ago.

Wood will be much larger members and more robust connections. I can do one or the other, but not both. You can attach here with the paper clip icon.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Which one would be more cost efficient
Expert:  StructuralEng replied 1 year ago.

By the time you consider material, fabrication, labor, and erection - I think steel will cost a little less. The material may cost more, but the erection should go much easier. This is never cut and dry as it often depends on the contractor pool and the local economy.

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