I personally live to stick frame, but trusses are valuable in cases of freespanning large areas without center support. That's all I have for you.:thumbsup:I'm 29. Been a framer for 13 years. Never framed a truss roof. Can't still figure out what the pro's of framing one would be, except putting money in someone's pocket. Any takers?
you're a handsome red haired devil loneframer. matter of fact, you may be the handsomest framer on this here forum at this given time in your age group :thumbup:I personally live to stick frame, but trusses are valuable in cases of freespanning large areas without center support. That's all I have for you.:thumbsup:
i'm a strong believer in that carpentry is a craft. i also believe that any given engineer couldn't frame worth a shat on any given day of the week, even though they may be very well schooled. that being said, i believe the point is moot :clap:Clem, don't knock it until you've tried it. I would much prefer to stick frame, but that's from a personal gratification standpoint. The bottom line is that you are not responsible for the design of the structure. If an engineer signs off on it, and they do almost exclusively here in Columbus, then the structural sense it makes to us is null and void. Makes you question the schooling versus in field practice doesn't it?
my sole business is remodels. I find more challenge in these teeny brain teezers than in monster homes. not to say that I don't do new frames. but remodels is where it's at right now. trusses to me are like smartcars. everyones's happy with them but I just don't see them surviving a collision. or a heavy side wind. or a rock. or a squirrel.I'm agreeing with you. I can't stand a 2x4 rafter on top of some randomly placed blocking. All I'm saying is, if I bid on a set of prints and say to the builder that this is an insufficient roofing system, he's going to laugh in my face. That being said, if I only had the opportunity to bid on stick-frames I couldn't fill 6 months of a schedule here. But I guess I don't anyway, as I've been relegated to the world of small remodels in the last year and a half. No offense intended to remodelers who read this post.
#1: You haven't seen good trusses in your life, apparently.in my opinion trusses are garbage. here's why.
1. the connections are IffY! I've dismantled a few truss roofs even though I never built one. Gusset plates hold like shat compared to 16d nails.
2. all you have is fiber strength of a 2x4 once the gusset fails
3. multiple connections along the truss allow for more movement. thus saggage and creep.