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Anonymous asked in Home & GardenMaintenance & Repairs · 1 month ago

Is a broken truss in the attic a deal breaker to buy a house?

Is a broken truss in the attic a deal breaker to buy a house? How much it would cost to fix it? 

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago
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    You should buy a house with minor issues or no issues.  A broken truss is not minor.

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  • 1 month ago

    Is the broken truss a roof truss or a ceiling truss?  That is, if you are in the attic looking at the broken truss, is it above or below the attic?

    The easier one to replace is a roof truss.  If it is a simple break—and not a series of broken trusses all in a row—it can be fixed by cutting out pieces which are in the way of sistering a pair of new 2x6 or 2x8s which sandwich the remaining part of the (broken) truss.  Toenailing or screwing the roof decking to the new truss is recommended if there is more than two feet of length not secured to the decking.

    The ceiling truss is a little trickier.  Look carefully for fasteners from below visible which attach into the broken part of the truss.  Remove the broken truss parts and replace with new lumber.  Reattach the new truss where the old one was fastened, but probably by toenailing or toe screwing since you won't have the same access as when the house was built.  The ends of the new truss should be attached to the remaining old truss parts soundly, perhaps by using plywood if access is tight or 2x6 or 2x8 material on the sides.

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  • Snezzy
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    You should, if you are still seriously interested, have the home inspected. That cannot be the only thing wrong.

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    • Snezzy
      Lv 7
      1 month agoReport

      A structural engineer or a very experienced carpenter should be able to tell you whether it is merely cosmetic or instead is a fault that portends further difficulties yet unrevealed. Does it lead to roof warpage and leaks? Are other trusses about to let go from the accumulated strain?

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