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Forum topic by BrothersKeeper posted 09-13-2020 08:54 PM 377 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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BrothersKeeper

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09-13-2020 08:54 PM

Experienced help needed. My brother is in the process of building a new 2400 sq/ft home in northwest Florida. We see a lot of rain and sun here. So far the builder has completed the slab and framed the walls. This past week they delivered prefabricated roof trusses for installation next week. Unlike the framing materials which appear to be all new material, a lot of the pre-fabricated roof trusses look to have been built months ago and left to weather outside. They are grey and well weathered. I do not see any rot but was wondering if the wood trusses may have weakened due to long term outdoor exposure. Your comments and recommendations are appreciated. I have photos but not sure how to upload. I do not see any buttons for browsing my computer’s hard drive.


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John Smith

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#1 posted 09-13-2020 10:47 PM

I strongly suggest you contact your builder – and the truss company with your question.
and also – a call to the building inspector listed on your build permit. (I would call him first).
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#2 posted 09-15-2020 02:51 PM



...I have photos but not sure how to upload. I do not see any buttons for browsing my computer s hard drive.

- BrothersKeeper

Click the “img” button in the reply box (it is short for ”image”) and you will be able to browse and upload photos.

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BrothersKeeper

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#3 posted 09-15-2020 03:49 PM

Thank you all for the comments. Yes I have already told my brother he should contact the building inspector. We’ll see what he says. Thanks also for the help in uploading the photos. As you can see, not all the wood looks weathered as bad, but some of the main trusses look very weathered to me. I’m sure I am just being overly concerned. I would appreciate your thoughts and comments.

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John Smith

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#4 posted 09-24-2020 10:55 PM

I think it would be irresponsible for any of us to comment one way or the other
on this question: only the building inspector, in person, can make the decision
to either use it or trash it. building codes vary greatly from city to county to state.
I know in my area, Central Florida, you lay a pine board on the ground for a few days
and termites already have beaten a path to it.
please wait and see what the inspector says – then let us know, just out of curiosity.

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-- there is no educational alternative to having a front row seat in the School of Hard Knocks. --

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#5 posted 09-24-2020 11:11 PM

I used to cut and build roof trusses in the late 80s. From what I can see they look fine.
The most important spec to build a proper truss that’s engineered Is the grade of the wood.
Select structure and No 1 or better for tops and bottom cords.
I’m not saying your truss are or should be but every truss we made would get stamped as far as I can remember.
Especially the flat trusses for jiffy lubes.
I would bet that if they were not acceptable anymore the framers will reject them or improve them to keep things rolling.

Good Luck

-- Aj

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