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vaulted ceiling design/HELP

Posted by John Fitzgerald on June 30th, 1999 01:14 PM

My wife and I had a house built just about a year ago.
Since that time we've contracted a structural engineering
firm (PE) to access the house(we did this because I
noticed a sag over some of the windows. As it turns
out the engineer (not actually the PE, but someone
working for the firm) found a number of windows that
didn't have headers over them. (the house is a split
level contempory with a basement level bedroom -
requiring a larger then allowed for egress -but thats
another story.) In any case, the engineer stated that
our vaulted ceilings in the first floor livingroom
and master bedroom were unstable. The builder has
since come back with his own PE and is stating the
guy we hired doesn't know what he's talking about.
My question is: Does anyone have any suggestions?
The building inspector is very weak as we found
numerous other MA code violations, yet he ok-ed
the construction. The design is as follows:
The back roof spans about 14' with 5/12 pitch.
This simply attaches to the front roof with a
standard ridge board configuration. The front roof
has a 12/12 pitch also spanning about 14 feet to
the first floor. The loft on the second floor has a
flat ceiling. The second floor ceiling joist join
the rear roof rafters to the front rafters at about
1/3-1/2 half of the way down. Everything is constructed
with 2x8's. There are also some 2x4 collar ties
approximately 4' from the ridge.

thanks much for any comments you can give.

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