Moving Attic Access -- Same Rafter or Different ??

wrldrulerOctober 18, 2008

I am converting my garage into a family room. I have an existing access panel for the garage attic. Problem is that it is located right next to where I want to install a ceiling fan. The fan blades will block the access panel, so I want to move the opening just enough to avoid the fan.

The current opening was made by cutting one 2x10 rafter, and heading it off.

I have 2 choices. I can move my opening like 12 inches North, or like 32 inches West. I need your advice on what is more structurally sound.

For the North option, I would stay in the same rafter bays. I would cut the same rafter another 12 inches or so, and put another header board across.

For the West option, I would jump to a different set of bays. I would cut a new rafter, and add header boards across.

Sturturally speaking, which is my better option? Cut the same rafter another 12 inches, or cut a new rafter?



Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

If you frame it correctly, it doesn't matter where you put it.

    Bookmark   October 18, 2008 at 6:00PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

I agree, either bay is fine. I would use joist brackets and double that header. Cut back 2 bays if a larger opening is more useful. No problems if done correctly

    Bookmark   October 22, 2008 at 12:41PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Cellulose Insulation - Do we really need the blower?
We have 8 to 10 packages of cellulose insulation that...
Need advice for gap under door frame
Hi, We had a contractor install pre-hung interior doors,...
Sagging Anderson Storm Door
I had an Anderson storm door installed a couple of...
Garage door
Something strange happened last night. We were watching...
Andersen patio door repair
My 20-year old Anderson patio sliding glass door is...
Sponsored Products
Acu-Rite 08560 NOAA Portable Hand Crank Weather Radio - 08560W
$39.99 | Hayneedle
Soho Ceiling Fan by Quorum International
$210.00 | Lumens
Worthy Leather Sofa - Brighton Parrot Red
Joybird Furniture
High Kpsi Hand Knotted 8'x10' Super Fine Gabbeh Hand Knotted Wool Area Rug H6919
BH Sun Inc
Cabinet-mount Chrome Wire Bakeware Organizer
Darya Rugs Kazak, Red, 3'5" x 4'10" M1770-306
Darya Rugs
Foscarini | Tite 3 Pendant Light
$566.00 | YLighting
Contemporary Indoor/Outdoor Area Rug: American Rug Craftsmen Rugs Hazel Eyes
Home Depot
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™