It looks like some sort of repair of the roof system??? Thanks.
It’s a hidden beam. They likley removed a bearing wall during a remodel. Recommend verifying permits, inspections and qualified engineer design, otherwise engineer review.
We called them STRONGBACKS. It could be a repair or original to the house.
I agree w/Chuck…get documentation or engineer.
VEEERY helpful. Thank you Chuck and Larry!
We used the strongbacks in at least two ways:
to get a flatter ceiling using less than quality, relatively straight, ceiling joists.
to span a longer ceiling joist distance using smaller, than usual, dimensional ceiling joists.
I worked with my uncles on their farms quite a bit.
One uncle worked for Ma Bell and would bring home all sorts of threaded rod, nuts and washers and the like.