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TOPIC: Cutting engineered floor trusses

Cutting engineered floor trusses 6 years 7 months ago #51726

I posted this question on a different forum, but frankly, there is a lot of crazy sarcasm and way out people over there!  :o This one is a little more down to earth and more professional.

I found these floor trusses that seem to be "floating". They appear to have been cut and modified, but maybe were designed this way. Every one is like this, on both ends (30 feet) I would think the bottom of the truss should set on the bearing walls. These appear to be "suspended".

Upstairs floors are way out of level, doors bind or won't close or latch, windows as well. 2009 Home, 7188 sq ft.

Any suggestions?
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Re: Cutting engineered floor trusses 6 years 7 months ago #51737

There are both top and bottom loading trusses.  As odd as it looks, for a top loading truss, the bottom does not bear on anything.  If it is a top loading truss, then life is good.

Not sure how to determine if the truss was designed to be a top load.

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Bruce Ramsey, ACI

Re: Cutting engineered floor trusses 6 years 7 months ago #51738

Thank you Bruce. I posted the same question on the Nachi mb last nite, and received similar response. It just seemed very odd these trusses are not supported or resting on the walls. I can't see how they can sustain the weight above, but apparently they may be okay. I am going to recommend a structural engineer for verification that they have not been "field modified".

Thanks for your input, Bruce. Always good to hear from someone with some experience.

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