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Question DetailsAsked on 1/13/2015

Open ceiling, crack along width of one end wall. What to do?

1 story, ranch home. appears main beam in attic has loosened causing this damage.

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I can't visualize it - sounds like maybe just sheathing pulling away from the first rafter ? Or maybe you have inadequate sway bracing, so wind loading cuaused a crack in the endwall as it bent, trying to hold the roof from pancaking over ?

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Otherwise, I would say you have two choices - a Carpenter - Framing or a Roofer to take a look and advice on what they think, or pay $250-400 probably to a Structural Engineer to look at it and develop a repair. Advantage of latter is he has no vested interest and is not trying to sell his repair services (and can also give you a ballpark cost estimate), but if only a simple fix is needed then potentially wasted money because alll his advice gets you is a repair plan, not the actual repair - which will staill take a carpenter or general contractor or roofer to do, depending on what the problem really is.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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