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I am a builder in Texas. I have a home i am building where

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I am a builder in Texas. I have a home i am building where the family room is 23' x 40' with a cathedral ceiling. The ridge runs in the 40' direction. The customer wants me to build 2 cedar trusses spaced about 13' apart to support the ridge. Will a 6x16 cedar beam for the bottom chord hold the load. the span is 23'.
JA: OK. Is there anything else important you think the structural engineer should know?
Customer: No
Submitted: 24 days ago.
Category: Structural Engineering
Expert:  StructuralEng replied 24 days ago.

Hello

Expert:  StructuralEng replied 24 days ago.

If you're truly building a truss, then yes. But the connections and other members will be at least as important.

Customer: replied 24 days ago.
If the other members (except king post) are mostly decorative then 6x16 is not large enough?
Expert:  StructuralEng replied 24 days ago.

I tried to accept the phone call request, but the payment didn't go through.

Expert:  StructuralEng replied 24 days ago.

Correct. If this is a beam supporting the post then it's not big enough.

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