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Forum topic by Blackie_ posted 12-10-2014 09:45 PM 970 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Blackie_

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12-10-2014 09:45 PM

I was hoping I might get some opinions or guidance on whether or not I need to worry about a header. I’m planning on adding an addition onto the end of my shop, the shop is a 12’ x 16’ I’m adding an additional 8’ to the end, the Trusses on the current shop are sitting across the side 16’ walls, the wall I will be removing is the end 12’ wall that is running parallel with the trusses, we will be tying onto the end of the existing building with new walls and trusses starting with a newly made truss butting the new truss up to the existing extended soffit face board that’s coming on the shop truss and following the same line on down for another 8’ all in conjunction with the old building also tying the walls to the old walls.

The new construction will be tied to the building before any demolition .

The pictures below will indicated the wall we are removing.

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BillJ_Portland

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#1 posted 12-10-2014 10:06 PM

You will not need a header.
A truss uses weight distribution to pass the loads down to the outside of the building (the walls they rest on). With a simple gable structure like yours there is little to no bearing on the end walls. The end walls are there to prevent racking (side to side movement). I would replace the facia board with your new truss and make sure to tie the new trusses to the original trusses. Keep the sheathing on the end truss of original structure to help with shear in the middle of the building.

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Blackie_

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#2 posted 12-10-2014 10:14 PM

Thank you Bill, I didn’t think I would.

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#3 posted 12-11-2014 06:31 PM

Your pictures show you don’t have a double top plate on the 16’ walls. Code???

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Blackie_

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#4 posted 12-11-2014 08:35 PM

Mr Ron it was passed and signed off on during building inspection.

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dhazelton

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#5 posted 12-11-2014 08:46 PM

The truss sits directly above a stud, so doubling probably wasn’t required.

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#6 posted 12-11-2014 11:42 PM

It is not load bearing but is carrying all the weight of the last 16” of roof. Gable trusses are designed to sit on a exterior wall, not to span the distance between exterior walls. Make sure that the new truss is sistered to the gable truss and there shouldn’t be any problems.

Good luck.

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#7 posted 12-12-2014 12:17 AM

looks like the end truss is a common not a gable end.

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#8 posted 12-16-2014 01:31 PM

I don’t have an answer for you, but, I do know that expansion is fun fun fun. You’re gonna luv the extra space.

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