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        Just purchased a concrete block home a few months. While in the attic I noticed that all the truss straps are just bent up and do not seem to be attached to the block wall.

        What's holding my roof down? Am I missing something here?
        Thanks.

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        Posts: 8 | Registered: Feb 21, 2014Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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        From the picture I'd say GRAVITY is holding your roof in place. If the wind never blows probably not an issue, but if you ever get hurricane strength winds I suspect your roof will be blown off.

        I could be wrong but based on your picture the strap isn't attached and nails would not be enough.

        Your attic is also pretty light on insulation. Is this above the garage by chance? Do you have insulation above the living space?


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        Any advice given here is general in nature and is not necessarily valid for your given area. If in doubt check with your local codes enforcement department for what is required when doing electrical, plumbing or structural work on your house. Permits may or may not be required in your area and home owners may not be able to DIY some tasks. I have no way of knowing if you have the skills needed to complete the tasks you are asking about, when in doubt seek professional assistance.

        My advice may be worth exactly what you pay me for it. :-) For the record I did not stay in a Holiday Inn Express last night.
         
        Posts: 875 | Location: Cary, NC | Registered: Aug 17, 2006Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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        Thanks for the reply. Yes, this is above the garage and every strap is like this. There is thick insulation above the actual house but zero over the garage.

        If my roof is not attached how could a building inspector pass this?

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        Posts: 8 | Registered: Feb 21, 2014Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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        It would not have passed code inspection in my town. When was it built and in general where are you located? In a tornado or hurricane area? Thanks for editing the picture so it doesn't blow up the page.

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        General Disclaimer

        Any advice given here is general in nature and is not necessarily valid for your given area. If in doubt check with your local codes enforcement department for what is required when doing electrical, plumbing or structural work on your house. Permits may or may not be required in your area and home owners may not be able to DIY some tasks. I have no way of knowing if you have the skills needed to complete the tasks you are asking about, when in doubt seek professional assistance.

        My advice may be worth exactly what you pay me for it. :-) For the record I did not stay in a Holiday Inn Express last night.
         
        Posts: 875 | Location: Cary, NC | Registered: Aug 17, 2006Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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        This house was built in 2007 and it's in north Florida which I believe is a hurricane zone. Frown
         
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        Was the home a foreclosed home?
         
        Posts: 1949 | Registered: Oct 06, 2006Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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        quote:
        Originally posted by GardenSprite:
        Was the home a foreclosed home?


        Nope, not a foreclosed property.
         
        Posts: 8 | Registered: Feb 21, 2014Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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        After further inspection it looks like one side of each strap is actually into the cement.

        I feel a little better, still worried. Roll Eyes

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        Posts: 8 | Registered: Feb 21, 2014Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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        Both sides of the strapping are supposed to be embedded in mortar inside the cells of the block. But if every truss has one strap you are OK.

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        Posts: 10454 | Location: Knoxville, Tennessee | Registered: Sep 27, 2003Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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        Would you be able to get a better view coming up through the soffit.?
         
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        OK, my curiosity has got the best of me. What is the gizmo in the pic. ?
         
        Posts: 2582 | Location: florida | Registered: Sep 27, 2003Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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        Originally posted by nona:
        OK, my curiosity has got the best of me. What is the gizmo in the pic. ?


        It's an alarm siren that faces outside so the neighbors can hear it scream. Eek
         
        Posts: 8 | Registered: Feb 21, 2014Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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        How could this pass inspection with only one side of the strap in the cement?

        Is this all that is needed?
         
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        First off, inspections can miss a lot of things. If there was even a code department when this was built.

        Also possible that one strap is enough. Even though what's there is designed to be anchored on both sides, if there was a wooden top sill to attach to and it had hurricane ties - only one on one side would be needed to pass code.


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        Posts: 10454 | Location: Knoxville, Tennessee | Registered: Sep 27, 2003Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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        Thanks to everyone for the replies and help. Smile
         
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