Home Inspection – Broken Truss Member

January 27, 2009 by  
Filed under Inspection Defects: Photos & Videos

All loads start at the roofs ridge and must transfer on an unbroken path through structural members or elements to the foundation. Many cracking problems, which are misinterpreted as “settling” are actually caused by broken load paths. These broken paths result in loads being carried by areas that were not designed to carry them.

Truss repairs must be stipulated and supervised by a state licensed truss engineer. Recommend further evaluated by a truss structural engineer with his/her findings, recommendations and engineering stamp. Written verification must be provided with all/any truss repairs.  This was found during a typical phoenix valley area home inspection.


One Response to “Home Inspection – Broken Truss Member”

  1. Aaron M. Reed, PE on March 27th, 2009 7:53 pm

    You are correct in noting that a truss engineer must submit a sealed and signed repair detail for any broken and/or damaged truss. I have designed thousands of roof and floor truss repairs over the last 20 years, and rarely are two alike. I can be reached at the info in our web site if any truss repair engineeing is needed. Thank you.

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