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What are these pieces of wood called in my attic?

Posted by tlbean2004 ( on
Thu, Jul 31, 14 at 12:12

In the pic, you can see the plank decking for the roof and then the rafters are of course under it. But under the rafters there are 2 pieces of 2x10 wood next to each other going horizontally accross and they are going through the pine tongue and groove sheathing and run all the way down the house i guess.
Does anyone know what they are called. This room that they are exposed in is a unfinished storage room attached to the house.

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RE: What are these pieces of wood called in my attic?

In this pic you can see the front of the house and the unfinished storage room is infront of the SUV. It is part of the house, but can only be accessed from outside. The gate to the backyard is between the storage room and the main house. This was builtin 1960.

RE: What are these pieces of wood called in my attic?

You need to show more of the structure but since the 2x10's are supporting the ends of rafters they would be some form of beam. If short they would be called a header and if long and carrying a lot of load they might be called a girder. If they go outside they might be supporting the carport rafters.

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