Jason et al. quit for the long weekend leaving us with four rafters, two braces (in case, you know, bad things), and the engineered beam materials for the new ceiling/roof solution, delivered from his preferred lumberyard:
That’s three 2×14’s and two 2×10’s, made of engineered laminate. Laminated veneer lumber — “LVL” — is tremendously strong, and delivers load-bearing capabilities in smaller dimensions than plain milled lumber, and is easier to work with and cheaper than steel.
The ridgepole will be supported by the 2×14’s, assembled into a single 3-ply beam in situ. The pair of 2×10’s, similarly, will run lower down on the side of the roof that is not supported by the wall I built for the closet and half-bath.
The beams will be supported on their ends by studs down to the floor sill, and under that by studs (added if necessary) between the first-floor ceiling and bottom floor sill — and even under that, if necessary, directly to the foundation.
All of this today because the next work on the outside will be far better done using the manlift, which will be here Monday. So they tore into the indoor work, with me as assistant, and we sweated our asses off, culminating in pulling down first every other ceiling joist, and then a handful of the intervening joists — while watching and listening for untoward adjustments in the structure. There were none.
OMG I am so glad not to have to sanitize all those beams of squirrel poop.
And the new space is exactly as awesome as I pictured it.