I completely understand that cabinetman.
Please understand, and I don't mean this to be rude, but I'm not going to spend hundreds of dollars on a consultation with a structural engineer for a $200 loft that I'm building in a storage unit that is only occupied to work on my old truck 1 day a month. It's not in my house, or garage, or anything like that.
Obviouosly I don't want it falling down. I'm not a guy that doesn't have a clue, I work for a commercial masonry contractor and have an engineering degree(not structural), I am just trying to get a little input from guys that know more about wood trusses/joists/etc. I know that it's not technically going to be correct, I just want it to stay up and be good enough for my use.
If I were building an addition on my house or something like that I'd pull a permit, have an engineer design it, have it inspected, etc. Building shelves in the garage, not going to do that. A storage loft in my storage unit, not going to do that.
I hope you understand I'm not trying to be rude just trying to get the scenario across this is not something that is in need of being designed/consulted by an engineer.
I know 2x4's aren't the wisest choice, but I used them at my last place to span 8' and it worked. I'm fine with using them again to span 5' like my "option 2". My only question now is can I span 13' with a 2x6, 2x8, or 2x10 for a ledger(I believe this is the correct term)? I know it's not allowed for a floor joist by code, but in your opinions(as this is your field), is it good enough for my application?
That's all I'm looking for is some input.
Last edited by snrusnak; 01-08-2014 at 09:51 AM.