Inspecting new construction the other day, I saw something that made no sense to me, and made less sense the more I looked at it. Check out the photos.
These rafters were essentially bisected, and the ends toenailed to the single 2x8 to which the ends abutted. Why?
I can kinda see why the framer may have wished to provide additional support to the rafters (although I have seen much longer rafter runs that were unsupported and performing fine), but why on earth would someone cut entirely through the rafters this way?
One of the photos shows the small gap between the sheathing and the top of this mystery beam. Although the sheathing would be supported along the length of the beam, you are still left with rafters which should be supported by the top plate, a purlin, or a properly designed joist hanger.
I have never seen this before, so I recommended the client have a structural engineer take a look.
Is this proper or improper? If it is, I can’t imagine why, as it flies in the face of what I think I know about proper framing practice.
Thanks in advance for your responses.