Cathedral Celling Rafter Repair
I bought a house that had roof damage 20-30 years ago due to a fire and someone repaired it years ago before we owned the house. We gutted the room in question and discovered they used joist hangers to secure the 2×12 rafters to the cathedral ceiling on the side of the exterior wall. I’m not a fan of how they did this. They did not push the joist hangers tight to the rafter before nailing in some of the hangers so there is a gap there. Because of this gap they rarely placed nails between the hangers and the rafters. They also did a poor job cutting the angle of the end of the rafter. Also there would have to be a triple or more top plate to be able to support the hanger.
I’ve thought of the following ideas:
1. Build an interior support wall to support the rafters. There is a window on that wall which would present some issues due to the additional depth.
2. Sister the joists, use double joist hangers, add additional top plates under the current top plate and support with jack studs.
I’d hate to cover this up without fixing it correctly. Hopefully you have better ideas that I do. Thanks.
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