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By Jerry in Lee's Summit, MO on 7/22/2007


Just finished framing and took a load of short lumber scrap to a local yard-waste recycling center.  There was a small charge, but less than the dump and kept it out of a landfill.  The center grinds it up to make mulch or compost.  The problem is, they will not take OSB or treated lumber.  I have very little treated lumber left over but lots of OSB scrap.  I thought I could put an ad on Craigslist and try to give it away.  Any other ideas on keeping it out of the landfill?


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By Justin in Chandler, AZ on 7/22/2007


If you have a trussed roof use the OSB to "floor" the attic. After the insulation goes down, if it doesn't come above the bottom chord, all the OSB can be used to create a walkway that will allow easy access around the attic once complete.

I found this in my track home. They had placed strips of waste OSB from the garage attic opening to the attic opening in the master closet. I had a nice path from one to the other. This was much easier than trying to walk only on the bottom chords and helped keep insulation out of my shoes.


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By David in Fredericksburg, VA on 10/20/2007


I completely agree with Justin.  You could also use the dimensional lumber scraps as long as they are long enough to span between the trusses.  I just went up in my attic to look at our duct work, and in most places there was one 2"x4" strip between trusses down the middle of the house.

If I end up going up to redo the ducting, I'll be getting some plywood/OSB boards to rip down to 24" wide strips to lay down up there to work on.

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By Kenneth in Lees Summit, MO on 10/22/2007


David,

That is called a rat run, it is typically specified by the truss designer (at least on mine this bracing was shown on the plans, both floor and roof trusses).
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By David in Fredericksburg, VA on 10/22/2007


Ok, that makes sense, especially since it looks like they lifted the majority of the trusses up as an assembled unit.  There is a heavy metal bracket on one side, a couple of feet below the ridge line.  It is bolted into the top chord of each truss and then there is a large nut welded to the bottom of the bar.  Looks like it would take a 1 1/4 - 1 1/2 inch bolt.  There is a hole through the roof sheathing and it looks like there is another thin metal plate on top of the sheathing under the roofing felt.



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