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This week’s questions deal with trusses. When answering think only of typical roof trusses for a single family residential structure. That helps keep the thinking and answers a little simpler.
Q1 – This is a two part question.
What geometric shape is used as the basic concept for trusses?
Why is this shape used as the main concept for building a truss?
Q2 – On a typical truss what is the name of the point where the top and bottom chords meet?
Q3 – What are the four components of a typical truss?
Q4 – Which truss style is comprised of only one web member?
Q5 - When trusses are manufactured at large manufacturing operations what two methods are used to secure the truss plates to the truss members?
Q6 - When a truss is designed to span the entire roof from one side to the other but there is a desire to have room for mechanical equipment, a finished attic area, or other storage type area then what truss design is typically used.
Q7 – The following is a multi-part question.
Permanent bracing/lateral support is required between trusses. What three planes are required to be braced?
What are some of the materials acceptable for bracing materials in each of the planes?
Q8 – The following is a multi-part question.
Where are truss plates installed?
Are truss plates suppose to be installed in a specific orientation to the wood member it is securing?
Can truss plates overhang a wood member?
Is there any allowable tolerance for damage to truss plates and/or bending of truss plates?