Question on raising a ceiling

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Old 04-25-16, 07:43 PM
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Question on raising a ceiling

I have an attic with rafters and plan on installing a hipped tray ceiling in the living room. I'm familiar with structural ridge beams for vaults but I've also read many places that you can simply install rafter ties along the lower third of the rafter to replace the ceiling joist. I was planning on hiring a structural engineer but wondered if he was going to simply say the same thing I've ready numerous places. In other words I wanted to find out if this was a uniform rule or if there was more to it. Thanks for any advice.
 
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Old 04-26-16, 03:27 AM
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It might be possible but there are so many variables it will be best to wait on the engineer's report.
 
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By all means hire a structural engineer. The ceiling joists are there to keep the walls from bowing outward as well as giving you a place to put your sheetrock. Do you have trusses or is it stick built? You cannot alter a truss, period.
 
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Thanks for the responses. No I don't have trusses. I'll definitely wait for the report. Thanks
 
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