Cracked Roof Rafters: Repair Or Leave Alone?

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Sometimes a homeowner will discover a roof rafter in their attic which is cracked or otherwise damaged. It may have been there from the original framers, or it may have developed later. Should it be repaired or should you just leave it? Will the neighboring rafters take up the load or is it a problem? In this video I’ll go over some of the factors which make up this judgement call, and then I’ll demonstrate a rafter repair.

Since attics often have limited space and tight access, it’s usually not possible to replace an entire rafter. But, they can be reinforced with shorter lengths to make an adequate repair.

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