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I want to reinforce wooden trusses with Tee & metal straps,

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I want to reinforce wooden trusses with Tee & metal straps, although trusses are modeled as 2 force members, they actual do experience tension and compression, If I were to reinforce the 2X4's along the middle of the 2X4 am I wasting my time and effort in essentially reinforcing the neutral axis area
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Home Improvement
Expert:  Machinc replied 1 year ago.

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Expert:  Machinc replied 1 year ago.
If you are talking about engineered trusses
yes you would be wasting your time and effort.
While they may appear flimsy they are designed to support a specific load
of both building materials to cover the roof and also accumulations of snow and ice.
Usually the more snow expected the steeper the design of the pitch.
These type of trusses need no additional reinforcement if installed as they were
designed to be used.
Home made trusses are a different matter . Trusses that are not engineered need to be
carefully built to conform to national and local building codes and may need the additional support.
It can be done but it is difficult for a non professional to construct trusses using 2x4 construction
with the exception of small structures and short spans.
I will be glad to answer any questions you may have.

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