The past couple of inspections, I have come across a situation where the ridge beam is not a continuos length from the gable on one side of the house to the gable on the other side of the house. The ridge beam is in two sections just butted up against each other approx in the middle of the house. There are no supports under this joint to safely bring the two butted beams to the load bearing walls below.
The ridge beam is suppose to hold up the rafters. In these cases I feel that the rafters are holding up the ridge beams.
The span is about 60 feet. Why would a framer not run a continuos length of a beam gable to gable?
Thanks for your help,