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Mike
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What is an acceptable gap between a roof rafter and ridge beam?
by Mike on January 26th, 2010

As the subject line states, I am trying to find out what an acceptable gap is between a roof rafter and ridge beam. I am having repair work done for my 1-yr warranty. The roof has settled and the rafter touches the ridge beam at the top, but the bottom is pulled away a good amount.
The sub-contractor placed several 2 foot pieces of blocking next to the rafters, but some of these pieces also do not butt up against the ridge beam cleanly.

Thanks for your assistance.

Mike
 
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AnotherPiperDown
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What is an acceptable gap between a roof rafter and ridge beam?
by AnotherPiperDown on January 27th, 2010

How big is the gap? Pictures?
 
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Mike
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What is an acceptable gap between a roof rafter and ridge beam?
by Mike on January 29th, 2010

The initial gap on 7 or 8 rafters was between three quarters of an inch and an inch. When I asked what is acceptable/what would the city building inspector accept, the answer I got was basically if it looks OK. The home warranty has specific about when a wall is out of plumb, and bowing of walls, but does not mention gaps between structural elements.
The repair blocking was also just nailed to the rafters. I had to ask that it also be nailed to the ridge beam since the nails from the original rafters were almost pulled out of the ridge beam.

Mike
 
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Glen Davis CBO, MCP
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What is an acceptable gap between a roof rafter and ridge beam?
by Glen Davis CBO, MCP on January 29th, 2010

Mike,

We want the rafters fit snug against the ridge. Occasionally the framer will cut the rafters from the pattern slightly off pitch and there will be a slight gap ( either top or bottom ) but there should not be a full gap anywhere along the ridge. If there is, it should at least have a full depth shim placed between it and the ridge and held by construction adhesive.

If there are multiple rafters with gaps and they are resorting to side scabs, something IS NOT RIGHT and other issues are at work.

Have the builder get the engineer of record out there to review it and give you a sign off letter if he thinks the repair methods are OK or a repair design if its not.

Did you have the house inspected by anyone at any of the stages ?

Glen
 
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What is an acceptable gap between a roof rafter and ridge beam?
by george oliver on March 9th, 2018

These gays will be better identified when you have posted the pictures here well also its too late to post reply. but whenever you seek suggestions over roof repair or anything like that then share the pictures so that it's easy to provide suggestions on it.
 
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