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new small shop, ridge beam or truss

by FyrFyter5
posted 12-16-2018 04:40 PM


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muleskinner

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#1 posted 12-16-2018 05:11 PM

I end up storing lumber in the trusses.

-- Visualize whirled peas

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bondogaposis

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#2 posted 12-16-2018 05:51 PM

There is nothing wrong with either construction method as long as the framing members are sized correctly for the spans and account for snow loads in your area. I personally prefer ridge and rafter construction if I am doing the work myself, because moving trusses usually requires a crane or at the very least more than one person.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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Phil Soper

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#3 posted 12-16-2018 07:08 PM

I would suggest a ridge beam with collar ties in the upper third. A suspended ceiling just below the rafters makes for a high open area. Here is a photo of mine, the walls are 9’ and the peak is at 14’.. This photo was taken during a dovetail class

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#4 posted 12-16-2018 09:18 PM

speed of getting roof on and enclosed is a benefit of trusses. gables are easier to close up and trusses set quick. you could look into scissor trusses to give you that vaulted ceiling,too.

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WhyMe

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#5 posted 12-16-2018 11:20 PM

Doing stick built yourself you may find it cheaper to do ridge beam and rafters than buying truss.

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Roy Turbett

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#6 posted 12-17-2018 03:12 AM

I went with scissor trusses on my 30×40 shop with 8’ walls. The pitch is 8/12 on the outside and 5/12 on the inside. This gives me 16’ at the peak. I have a 20’ long radiant heat tube that is suspended from the center and provides excellent even heating. Combustion air is drawn in from one gable and exhausted out the other. I also have a 8’ deep loft on one end of the building for lumber storage.

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Bill Berklich

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#7 posted 12-17-2018 04:33 PM



I went with scissor trusses on my 30×40 shop with 8 walls. The pitch is 8/12 on the outside and 5/12 on the inside. This gives me 16 at the peak. I have a 20 long radiant heat tube that is suspended from the center and provides excellent even heating. Combustion air is drawn in from one gable and exhausted out the other. I also have a 8 deep loft on one end of the building for lumber storage.

- Roy Turbett

+1 on the Scissor Truss. Much easier to install, much less work, fewer cuts, less fitting and finicking, etc. you’ll have more time to work on the rest of the envelope

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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