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Question:


We have a 30 year old log cape-style with horizontal log traversing cathedral ceiling in upstairs portion of house, no rafters. We are re-roofing and the contractor has begun to screw down plywood. We are now noticing existing horizontal checks are growing longer and deeper. Is this a problem and is the contractor making those cracks worse?

Answer:

Checking (cracks) on interior support logs is pretty common and could be worse because they have been exposed to outside temps right now. Normally it isn't a concern, but if they continue to get real bad I would recommend a structural engineer look at them. There is a slight chance the screws could be causing it, but the logs would have to be pretty small and the screws pretty big (dia).

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