Tuesday, October 1, 2013


Trusses Looking Over the Master Bedroom Towards the Living Room

The View Towards the Dining Room

Over the Hallway Towards the Guest Bathroom
The light (dot) at the end of the Tunnel is the Future Bathroom Vent

Living Room Ceiling with Skylights Ready to be Boxed In

From the Kitchen Towards the Living Room
That's the Vent Pipe for the Kitchen Fan
The Gang Nail Truss Plates tie the Trusses Together

Close Up of the Gang Nail Truss Plates
Don't try these at home - special machines are used to press
them into the truss chords
A Tie is used to Connect the Truss to the Top Plate of the Wall
These Ties keep the Roof from Lifting Off in a Hurricane
With the rough wiring and plumbing completed I thought I’d take a few pics of the trusses before they are covered with insulation and then sheetrock.
It’s amazing to see the intricacy of their engineering. By themselves, the chords of each truss would only hold so much weight. But when tied to together at the right angles and lengths they can hold so much more weight. I suppose there are advantages and disadvantages of using trusses versus roof rafters, but I don’t know what they are. I do know we’ve got great roof lines on the outside and a great cathedral ceiling on the inside in the Living Room.  
There is also an opening so I can go up in the attic if I needed to. But I can’t think of any reason why I would. We have plenty of storage in the house so my plan is to never need to put anything up there. Except for maybe a candle light or a Santa at Christmas or a witch at Halloween in the window of the fake room (Wait? What? Yes, it’s to break up the roof line and there isn’t a room up there.)
At any rate, I just wanted to share a few pics so you can see what trusses look like in place.
Enjoy your day