What is the purpose of the stud in the attic that is circled? Can a 2x4 stud rest on it to hold the roof?

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago
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    To stop the ceiling from sagging under its own weight 

    (and you, as you move around in the roof space). 

    The roof is carried on the outside walls and the ceiling joists 

    act as ties to stop them from spreading outwards.

    It is called a ceiling binder and is not intended 

    to carry any of the weight of the roof.

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    • mermeliz
      Lv 7
      1 month agoReport

      Not a good idea to use the strongback to anchor a roof support. Use the top of a wall instead!

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  • 1 month ago

    in the uk its called a summer beam ..its to stop deflection in the ceiling joist ...ceiling joist are not as deep as floor joist ..ie 4" as to 8" ..as such they need the beam to keep ceiling flat ..looks like you have moved the insulation ..should be at least 11" deep...and no ..nothing should be used as a prop on it 

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  • 1 month ago

    that is not a stud that is called a stringer and the  answer is NO. 

    The rafters need a bearer under them . It sounds like you know nothing about roof construction so I recommend you get a carpenter and do it right 

    • Manny1 month agoReport

      I'm running wire thru the attic... I was curious only and don't plan on moving any structure...

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