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Strange cuts in roofing timber and repair advice needed

Postby b00mzx » Tue Oct 06, 2020 12:14 am

Hi, ok so this is a little strange to describe.

I recently bought my house. I had a homebuyers report carried out beforehand and they didn't pick up on this.

I was in the loft yesterday looking for a pesky mouse I can hear at night. I carefully walked through, stepping over the horizontal tin er beams that tie the roof together when I noticed the second one closest to the neighbours adjoining wall give way slightly. Upon close inspection it has two partial cuts in it, almost all the way through.

It's strange because there is no apparent reason to have cut an almost metre section out, never mind not fully cut out. No previous loft conversions, no steels bought in or anything else.

This leads me into repairing it and kindly asking for your advice. My thinking is to buy two lengths of timber that clearly exceed the "cut" section. Clamp them to it and then drill and bolt them to the damaged section, effectively sandwiching together.

Either that or replace it.
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Any ideas as to what I could do are greatly appreciated.
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Postby stoneyboy » Wed Oct 07, 2020 8:43 pm

Hi b00mzx
One piece of timber the same size will suffice. Use 2 bolts either side of the cut section with square plate washers and toothed timber connectors.
The tie is obviously not doing much or the cuts would have broken open.
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