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Question DetailsAsked on 12/19/2012

Have 50 - 25 lb. boxes (1,250 lbs.) sitting in unfinished attic on 3/4" tongue & groove approximately 16 sq ft. Is this safe?

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That depends on the stability of your ceiling joists. Is the weight over a load bearing wall? Do you have 2x4 trusses or joists? What size are the joists? Are they 16" on center or 24"? However, you are only putting a little over 1/2 lb. per square inch on the tongue & groove so it is probably not coming through your ceiling anytime soon. But! If you have 2x4 trusses that are 24" on center, I'd spread out the load a bit.

Answered 5 years ago by Vern


Different code books give tolerances for different areas. As Vern stated, it really does depend on the framing conditions such as distance of span of the ceiling joists, size of joists, etc. The weight of the 3/4" "flooring" material should be factored as well. 1250 lbs. in a 4'x4' area is a bit much at any rate so spreading them out over the attic is the safest bet. Even if they don't crack the joists the weight can casue the ceiling to bow over time. Try to concentrate the load over bearing framing such as beams and if at all possible, walls. Most homes are not engineered for storage in the attic these days so I'd be fairly confident you need to do something else to store these boxes.

Todd Shell
Todd's Home Services
San Antonio, TX

Answered 5 years ago by Todd's Home Services

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