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Offline Lennyzx11

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Joint in king post bad idea?
« on: August 31, 2023, 08:03:58 PM »
Do I need to redo this king post?

I had placed a post to the foundation under the location of the king post and thought I could “stack” the king post on top with only compressive loads. 
A ridge beam will be placed on top.
Along with the 2 principal rafters.
If it passes you experts opinion, should I put the struts from the principal rafter all the way down to the tie beam-post intersection or above the joint?
If it’s all knackered as our brethren across the pond would say, what would be the recommended way to save/fix it right?


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Re: Joint in king post bad idea?
« Reply #1 on: September 01, 2023, 01:48:19 PM »
I am not a timber framing expert.  The joint will carry compressive load just fine.  It looks like the rafters will brace it well from side to side.  You do need to be concerned about the joint moving toward or away from the end of building.  If you can solve that problem, I think you will be OK.  Removing the post and replacing it with a single piece would be a PITA now but much worse later.
You may think that you can or may think you can't; either way, you are right.

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