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    Structural question

    My wife has started to accumulate quite a few seasonal decorations which are stored above the garage. i am starting to wonder how much weight can actually go up there. 16" OC 2x6s with a span of 22'. The garage was built in '59. There is a 1x4 vertical tie in to the roof at the peak right down to the center of each rafter.

    Thoughts? I cannot imagine a 2x6 at that span can take much weight, but then again the tie in "cuts that in half".

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    I would say a 22' span on a 2x6 really isnt designed for much storage at all.

    There are a lot of things that you need to consider including the rafter material and pitch. Snow load, etc. So not sure the answer is going to be yes or no.

    I am currently getting ready to build a 15x24 building for the tractors and would like to store stuff above so this is something I am considering as well.
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    John,

    If there are no nailing plate (metal or plywood) at each joint, I'd be real concerned about loading the rafters with weight inside the building. One option would be to beaf up the rafters with plates and a couple more joiner members between the roof and the bottom of the rafter. The other option would be to store the stuff elsewhere.

    Larry

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    I am concerned, trust me. It all started out with a Christmas tree and a few ornament boxes and now there is triple that.

    We also store a bunch of empty cardboard boxes up there that I do not worry about. I'll probably have to look into some reinforcement.

    Thanks for the confirmation,

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    I have been a carpenter for 30+ years and will tell you those 2x6's are there as collar ties and are not ment to bear any load at all. Frequently you see this set up with plaster on the bottom and the whole thing sags.The 1x4 helps but is not intended to pick up additional weight. Frequently this arrangement was not nailed sufficiently at the rafter to collar tie/ ceiling joist connection and will be over stressed by additional weight. Remember old dried lumber becomes brittle and does not have much elasticity, it will bend little before it just breaks. I would suggest you find a different location or thin the collection, of course she might suggest the same thing to you. Good Luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by Manomet View Post
    I would suggest you find a different location or thin the collection, of course she might suggest the same thing to you. Good Luck
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