How many rafters may be scabbed?

Originally Posted By: mwhisenant
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icon_question.gif Crawling into an attic the other day and I found seven rafters “scabbed” in order to reach the ridge board! I can’t find anything in the codes about scabbing rafters? Joists, yes, rafters, No. Any information about that anyone?


The entire "new" construction was shoddy. I told the my client that although it was accepted in this county is is not good construction practice.

There were more than enough nails to meet code requirements but boy did it really look bad.


Originally Posted By: tallen
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If it looks bad it probably is.


Todd


Originally Posted By: slanicek
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The number of rafters that can be scabbed are in direct and equal proportion to the number of rafters that were dumb enough to climb into the raft in the first place.


Deliverance. Need I say more ![icon_redface.gif](upload://f7DX2EWhmUfsDapWaYT3oJHMCj1.gif)


Originally Posted By: mwhisenant
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Wow, thanks…that really shed some light on the subject icon_redface.gif


Originally Posted By: tallen
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Sorry about that. icon_wink.gif


I do not think they can.


but, to be honest I am not sure .


Iwill look it up.



I have put the past behind me,


where , however, it now sits, making rude remarks.


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Originally Posted By: tallen
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I believe I have found the info requested .


It apears they can be (spliced) but, must meet certain requirements.




go here http://www.tdi.state.tx.us/company/wind/bldcode/306.html


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Originally Posted By: mwhisenant
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Thanks Todd;


I'm familiar with "splices" in rafters, etc. These are not splices but scabs. They averaged around 36 inches in length, had seven to eight 8 penny nails holding them to the existing rafter that was on the average of 2 to 3 inches too short. I was just wondering if there was a code limit to the number of "scabs" on the rafters in one roof? I suppose the AHJ assumes the builder will be more prudent and watchful of his sub-contractors and not allow such bad building practices to go on during his/her contruction.

Thanks,


Mike ![nachi_sarcasm.gif](upload://6HQh6KbNiD73gqTNQInjrR2zeJw.gif)