Published on February 7th, 2013 | by Henri


Installing a skylight over a roof truss

Q.    We are hoping you can respond very soon. We want a 4-foot wide skylight put on our roof over a stairway but the contractor doing some other work on our house tells us it can’t be done without cutting one of the trusses off,  and he won’t do that without having an engineer design the project. Is there any safe way to cut a truss off without involving an engineer?

A.    Why cut the truss at all? Just have drywall applied over the truss cords and web that will be exposed when the skylight coffer is built. It makes for a very attractive pattern.

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