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#1 posted 07-19-2018 09:27 PM

Well it would depend on roof pitch and what weight you’ll have on it if you can get by with it. I will say when I built the building at my last house I did 3ft on center and it was just fine but I did have a center beam running down it. The building was 16ft wide and the beam was set up at the 8ft mark running the full length of the building.
My buddy is great and crazy at stretching a dollar and he built a very large barn and did actual rafters 4 ft on center. To me that’s to far apart but the barn is about 5 years old and looks fine.
Both buildings mentioned had metal roofs… I’d say you could do it. I’m sure there’s a engineer on here somewhere that might chime in with the math that’s well above my head though. If I was you I’d give it a go. Might remove just a couple to see how it handles itself. I think from what u described those boards r more to keep the walls from leaning. Also keep in mind they likely delivered that building on the back of a truck that went +50mph so it should b tough. Lol

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