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In my double hipped roof there was a timber nailed at an angle between two
of the centre rafters. It was in the way when I came to fit a loft ladder
so I removed it!
I assumed it was there just to hold them in position when the timbers were
being installed when the house was being built..Sorry I cannot elaborate
with pictures, but do you think this could be likely? It wasn't nailed
particularly well
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On 08/06/2021 09:47, JohnP wrote:
In my double hipped roof there was a timber nailed at an angle between two
of the centre rafters. It was in the way when I came to fit a loft ladder
so I removed it!
I assumed it was there just to hold them in position when the timbers were
being installed when the house was being built..Sorry I cannot elaborate
with pictures, but do you think this could be likely? It wasn't nailed
particularly well

Very likeley if it was of suitably light/poor grade


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On 08/06/2021 09:47, JohnP wrote:
In my double hipped roof there was a timber nailed at an angle between two
of the centre rafters. It was in the way when I came to fit a loft ladder
so I removed it!
I assumed it was there just to hold them in position when the timbers were
being installed when the house was being built..Sorry I cannot elaborate
with pictures, but do you think this could be likely? It wasn't nailed
particularly well


Diagonal bracing (or lack of) is something that surveyors always look
for, even if the property has roof trusses and the gable-ends are brick
and block right up to the apex providing plenty of lateral restraint.
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JohnP wrote:

In my double hipped roof there was a timber nailed at an angle between two
of the centre rafters. It was in the way when I came to fit a loft ladder
so I removed it!


I thought diagonal rafter bracing was permanent, not temporary during
install?

https://www.minera-rooftrusses.com/uploads/content/5d7f87d9aa3822.31934205.jpg
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On 08/06/2021 11:39, Andy Burns wrote:
JohnP wrote:

In my double hipped roof there was a timber nailed at an angle between
two
of the centre rafters. It was in the way when I came to fit a loft ladder
so I removed it!


I thought diagonal rafter bracing was permanent, not temporary during
install?

https://www.minera-rooftrusses.com/uploads/content/5d7f87d9aa3822.31934205.jpg

Can be either depending on what else is stopping the roof collapsing
sideways - typically hipped ends or a nice sold gable

Easy enough to put some bracing back if its felt to be necessary

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Andy Burns wrote:

JohnP wrote:

In my double hipped roof there was a timber nailed at an angle between two
of the centre rafters. It was in the way when I came to fit a loft ladder
so I removed it!


I thought diagonal rafter bracing was permanent, not temporary during
install?

https://www.minera-rooftrusses.com/uploads/content/5d7f87d9aa3822.31934205.jpg


When we bought our '70s detached house 12 years ago our surveyor
noted that the rafters were not diagonally braced and recommended
that we should have it put in (done).

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On 08/06/2021 14:16, Sn!pe wrote:
Andy Burns wrote:

JohnP wrote:

In my double hipped roof there was a timber nailed at an angle between two
of the centre rafters. It was in the way when I came to fit a loft ladder
so I removed it!


I thought diagonal rafter bracing was permanent, not temporary during
install?

https://www.minera-rooftrusses.com/uploads/content/5d7f87d9aa3822.31934205.jpg


When we bought our '70s detached house 12 years ago our surveyor
noted that the rafters were not diagonally braced and recommended
that we should have it put in (done).

+1. It's a standard comment, mainly to cover themselves.
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install?

https://www.minera-rooftrusses.com/u...87d9aa3822.319
34205.jpg

Can be either depending on what else is stopping the roof collapsing
sideways - typically hipped ends or a nice sold gable

Easy enough to put some bracing back if its felt to be necessary


It is hipped at each end.The ridge is only about 8feet long so it is almost
a "pyramid".
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