Ridge beam collapsed
I am building a tiny house on a trailer. Today I was installing my rafters (while not installing the H1 hurricane ties for each rafter to save time, I thought I would do it all at once at the end) – and the roof collapsed. I had spliced 2×6 boards to make a 38′ long ridge beam/board. We are grateful that we’re not injured.
I would like some advice on what went wrong, and how to avoid the ridge beam coming down, it snapped where we did diagonal 18″ splices screwed together with 5″ #9 screws and wood glue. I really thought it would hold. Now I am thinking of rebuilding with 2x6s laminated together to be 4×6, and adding horizontal beams to tie the walls 10′ in distance apart together, and to put a post to support the ridge board/beam, sort of like a King Truss.
What is your opinion? Should I build the ridge board with laminated 2x6s to make 4×6 or should I do 2×8? Would I benefit from the horizontal support beam? I also am wondering if I should instead use plywood gussets, and if so what size would work?
I want to avoid having the thing come down on me again.
Thanks to all!
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