Strange loft construction and bracing?
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Strange loft construction and bracing?

Post by Daddum61 » Mon May 29, 2023 11:27 am

my daughters house (built in the 50s i think) has some styrange bracing in the loft
the rafters sit on a purlin
then there are what look like purlin posts but they dont actually touch the purlin
initially i thought it was a retorfit to stop the rooff sagging or something but the timber looks similar age to the rest of the loft timbers
the diagonal braces as positioned so the meet over the wall between the bedrooms hence the different angles
and there is another purlin running over the bottom of these braces, you can see the pipes sitting on top of this
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Re: Strange loft construction and bracing?

Post by stoneyboy » Tue May 30, 2023 9:16 pm

Hi daddum61,
The vertical (or near vertical) struts were probably fitted during construction to locate the purlin between them and the diagonal braces. Left because the builder couldn’t be bothered to remove them.
Regards S

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