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Hi, I am a HI contractor in MD. The bulk of my jobs are interior, finished basements, theater rooms, and I am adding a screened porch to my house 8'x13'. The house is early 1800, log walls and chinking covered in vinyl. I'm looking for a way to support the ridge board on the house side, it runs smack in the middle of the chimney, also early 1800, soft brick. I'd rather not run a single post from slab to bottom of the ridge. Any ideas?

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Chas Burke
 

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The rafters themselves will hold up the ridge. Are you using collar ties? Ceiling joists, or is it cathedrial? Hence the need to support the ridge.
 
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