Originally Posted By: jhorton
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Ran into a poorly framed house today and trying to write up what is wrong with it. Well I know what is wrong, just not sure how to put it.
Steep pitched roof and very long rafters. This is in the attic above the 2nd floor. They have spliced 2x8 rafters and continued onward with 2x6 rafters to the peak. They are simple scabbed onto to the each other and nailed together.
In this photo you can see the bracing they added at the splice. There are some 2x8 spliced to 2x8's but mostly it is 2x6's. Pretty obvious they they just used what they had rather than get what they needed.
My question is what is the proper way to splice a rafter? Or is there one??
I think they should have ended the rafters on top of the wall and then started from the top of the wall with a new rafter from there to the peak.
The buyer came in the attic to see this. I am just trying to decide how to write this up and exactly how to say what is wrong here. BTW I found a couple of other bad framing methods in the attic too.
The man who tells the truth doesn't have to remember what he said.