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Homemade LOVE----in the middle of the night!

 

     I LOVE homemade lemon pie.

     I LOVE homemade fresh baked bread.

     I LOVE homemade rice pudding.

     I do NOT love homemade roof trusses.

     That is not to say that they can not be made properly.  In fact all trusses when they were first invented were “homemade”----that is, made on site.  I have even built them myself, and they can actually be stronger than manufactured trusses from a factory.  The key is that there has to be some understanding of how trusses work and what they are capable of doing, what they need to be able to do-----and they need to be built to meet the needs of the span they are crossing. 

     Current regulations require that all trusses be “engineered”----whether site built or factory built.  It is smarter to go with the factory built ones---and more cost effective too.  Most of the time, it is not possible to even buy the truss materials for what a truss manufacturer will deliver them to your site for----including hoisting them to where they will be installed.

     So why would anyone build them themselves?  Well, in the case of the ones pictured below, it was probably because the second story addition to the garage was done without permits in “the middle of the night.”  Considerable sagging of the roof was evident and can be seen if you look at the very last truss and see how the bottom of the truss is not parallel to the top plate of the end wall (lets not even talk about the framing around the window).

Homemade Trusses

     There are WAY better things to be doing in the middle of the night!

 

Charles Buell

 

 

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Comment balloon 29 commentsCharles Buell • February 25 2009 10:01AM

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Great blog.  I love home made apple cobbler!!!  Made some last night!!

Posted by Cindy Edwards, CRS, GRI, PMN - Northeast Tennessee - 423-677-6677 (RE/MAX Checkmate) over 9 years ago

Cindy---thanks---good one, and I forgot brownies and chocolate chip cookies:)

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 9 years ago

Very funny post!

Posted by Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA, (Keller Williams Capital Properties) over 9 years ago

Lise, thanks----I truss you are right:)

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 9 years ago

Charles, Charles, Charles, you are looking at it all wrong, you need to look at the artistic part of the work. You know the old saying, Never know when one will find a treasure in your attic. LOL............Yea right.

Posted by Roy A. Peterson, P.R.E.I. (Domicile Analysis of Texas) over 9 years ago

"There are WAY better things to be doing in the middle of the night!"

Hallelujah, can I get a witness?

Posted by Alan May, Helping you find your way home. (Coldwell Banker Residential) over 9 years ago

Roy----or bats in ones belfry:)

Alan, in a word----negatory:)

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 9 years ago

I think I've seen that garage before!

Posted by Teresa K. Nelson (Windermere Real Estate/HLC) over 9 years ago

Teresa---I hope not at your house:)

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 9 years ago

Charles - well it does look "engineered" a few other words came to mind too... LOL ~Rita

Posted by Brian Burke, Broker & Advising Expert-Denver Luxury Real Estate (Kenna Real Estate) over 9 years ago

What do you think he was thinking when he threw that together?

Posted by Michael Therriault, The name to remember when you want it done right. (Michael Therriault Contracting - M.T. Contracting) over 9 years ago

Homeowner engineering. You have got to love it......NOT!

Posted by James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector (JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC) over 9 years ago

Rita---I will go with the "other words" for now:)

Michael----probably something like, "Well, this should work":)

James, they are a thing of beauty aren't they?

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 9 years ago

Mr Charles,

I am sure they would support my weight just fine. I like your graphics and think the two of us should get together for an old-fashion lemon squeeze. Up for it.

Nutsy at the keyboard

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) over 9 years ago

So would the spit on my barbeque.

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 9 years ago

I am not too sure I would truss my weight on that roof or not. What a mess...

Your building consultant for life in the Fairview, TN area - Michael

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) over 9 years ago

Ho Ho...I love the same things, especially the middle of the night stuff! (What a classic title!) Charles you have the most unique way of writing about structural defects ever! I am still laughing and please keep up the good work!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Michael---not sure I would want to jump on it too hard:)

Russell thanks-----and keep smiling:)

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 9 years ago

Charles, at least they saved a few bucks, right!  After all that was the point..... He he.

Posted by Regina P. Brown, M.B.A., Broker, Instructor (MBA Broker Consultants) over 9 years ago

Now someone is going to have to spend a lot more than they saved:)

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 9 years ago

Picky, picky Charlie -- The only problem I see is he used a bit too much Elmer's glue...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 9 years ago

Jay---I know, I know----I hate it when I am in a nit-pickin moon.

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 9 years ago

Never a dull moment in the life of a home inspector. I'm with you, there are better things to do in the middle of the night...like sleep and dream of homemade trusses falling on your head.

Posted by Carl Winters over 9 years ago

Charles those are good looking trusses! Like stairs, you gotta do da math.

Posted by Jack Gilleland (Home Inspection and Investor Services, Clayton) over 9 years ago

Much better things to do in the middle of the night...like blog on Active Rain :-)

Posted by Jim Albano, Team - Jean-Marie Vantuno / Realtors North Jersey Real Estate (Prudential Damiano Realty ) over 9 years ago

As a builder I have had all kinds of building nightmares.  I have also wakened in the middle of the night with the solution to some building problem:)

Looks like this must be the "New Math":)

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 9 years ago

True Jim, but I was only thinking of star gazing and getting up to pee:)

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 9 years ago

Mr Charles,

Have you enjoyed my other fruit costume. My orange suit. Which do you think is the most flattering? I really do want a fruit outfit that everone will like.

Nutsy at the keyboard

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) over 9 years ago

I really think that "fruit cake" would suit you the best

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 9 years ago

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