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Post and beam construction is different than both conventional stick framing and structural steel framing. It presents its own set of unique possibilities and limitations. While every project is unique in location and structural design requirements, we can offer general guidelines. This page is dedicated to just that – helping our clients gain a basic understanding of timber frame engineering. Ask your question!

 

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How Do you Protect Timber and Joints Exposed to Weather?

Answered by Caitlin on October 15, 2018

How do you protect the timbers and joints where they are exposed to the weather? I noticed that exposed beams […]

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Properly Supported Roof Trusses

Properly Supported Roof Trusses

Answered by Caitlin on August 10, 2018

I am having a new home built and feel as the roof trusses are not properly supported I do have […]

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Stresses in the Hammer Beam Truss

Stresses in the Hammer Beam Truss

Answered by Caitlin on July 31, 2018

Hi there I am soon to be taking a course in hammer beam frames, and I am trying to get […]

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Is it Possible to Construct a Barge Board Without the Use of Metal Plates?

Answered by Caitlin on April 04, 2018

Hi. I am reproducing a gable end barge board with bottom chord, king post/finial and bracing ,from a photograph. Is […]

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Can a Hammer Beam Design Support a Hipped Roof?

Can a Hammer Beam Design Support a Hipped Roof?

Answered by Caitlin on January 24, 2018

Hi, we have a hipped roof but we need to open out and strengthen the roof space removing internal trusses. […]

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Will Stainless Steel Bolts Rot Green Oak?

Answered by Caitlin on January 02, 2018

Will using 316 stainless steel lag bolts in green oak cause a problem with the wood rotting, or with the […]

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Can I Remove a Post From a 17′ Beam?

Answered by Caitlin on December 20, 2017

I have a header roof beam in my living room that measures 5″ by 12″ (Doug Fir as far as […]

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How Do I Support a Timber Truss with a 20ft Span?

Answered by Caitlin on December 04, 2017

Hi, I’m an architect working in India. The timber truss made is of 20ft span. The tie member is in […]

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Timber Frame Garage Plans

Where Does The Insulation Go in a Timber Frame Garage?

Answered by Caitlin on November 17, 2017

My name is Shannon and I am just a house designer/draftsperson in Stony Plain, Alberta, Canada. I found your blog […]

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Arched Timber Trusses in the Interior of the Daignault residence in Adams, MA

How Will Timber Work If I do Insulated Concrete Forms For The Walls?

Answered by Doug Friant on February 22, 2017

We are currently trying to design a home and I really like the exposed timber look on the inside.  How […]

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Example of a Check or long crack in a beam

What Should I Do About The ‘Crack’ In My Beam?

Answered by Doug Friant on January 24, 2017

Shakes in an oak beam?  I an 100% sure that my beam is fine.  My wife is scared of the […]

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The First Bent with a steel tie rod installed at the Hamanasi Resort in Belize

How Should I Join The Timber For My Trusses?

Answered by Margaux Friant on January 15, 2017

I am an expat living in Brazil. I am almost ready to start construction and will be using ipe for […]

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Have You Ever Built A "Round" Timber Frame Structure?

Have You Ever Built A “Round” Timber Frame Structure?

Answered by Doug Friant on December 16, 2015

I have a silo foundation that has approximately a 22′ inside diameter and approximately a 26′ outside diameter which results […]

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Can a Scissor Truss be Designed for a 28x40 House?

Can a Scissor Truss be Designed for a 28×40 House?

Answered by Doug Friant on October 19, 2014

Can A scissor truss be designed an put on the roof of a new house 28 feet wide  x 40 […]

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My Church Has Water Damaged Beams - Is It Safe?

My Church Has Water Damaged Beams – Is It Safe?

Answered by Doug Friant on September 01, 2014

I have an old church which I am renovating. It leaked and beams on the side that was damaged have […]

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Can Black Locust Timbers Be Used As Structural Beams?

Answered by Doug Friant on November 12, 2013

Hi. My name is Cliff Wallace & I am an architectural designer who, is currently in the preliminary planning stages […]

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Can you tell me more about the span and spacing of a hammer beam truss?

Can you tell me more about the span and spacing of a hammer beam truss?

Answered by Doug Friant on September 19, 2013

I was admiring the hammer beam truss and wondered what the span and spacing would be ? How many trusses […]

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What is a Modified King Post Truss, and How Does it Work?

What is a Modified King Post Truss, and How Does it Work?

Answered by Doug Friant on September 02, 2013

What is a modified king post truss, and how does it work structurally?

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What is a Typical Post Base

What is a Typical Post Base

Answered by Doug Friant on September 02, 2013

I am designing a timber frame porte cochere. How should I detail the post bases?

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What is a Tension Tie?

What is a Tension Tie?

Answered by Doug Friant on September 02, 2013

What is a tension tie?

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