Strength of braces/brackets
My forty year-old house by a lake has 48″ eaves (yes, 4 feet). There is a little sag at the corners, which are about 65 inches diagonally away from the corner of the house. The 48″ overhang is covered by a flat section of roof that runs all the way around the house (hipped roof)– creating something of a Japanese pagoda look. It was possible to walk all the way around the roof on a flat surface.
I have converted the roof to a gable end roof but have kept the overhang– that has certain advantages. ( I constructed a “full return” from eave to eave on the gable end.) I would like to eliminate the sag at the outside corners of the overhang. It is not practiceable to change anything internal to the attic to perhaps rectify the condition.
My thought is to jack up the corners of the eaves and install a nice looking brace / bracket, perhaps reinforced with flat steel that I would try to hide.
A major problem for me is determining the needed strength of the bracket and whether or not the steel reinforcing would be necessary. Most braces/brackets I have looked at on the web seem to be non-structural. There is no strength info given.
Suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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