My Home - Supports



Structural Support

  1. The support of ceilings, attics, roofs, and second stories is based on 1 in aluminum angle brackets attached at all available corners of the house.  These are bolted to the plywood bases and drilled where appropriate.  Very rigid and light.

Ceiling/Attic Sandwich

  1.  Closeup of metal bracing ceiling, attic floor, and roof support layered on the support frame.  The roof is 1/4 in plywood glued to an aluminum channel frame as was used for the subfloors.  The attic floor is similar but 1/2 in. super tuf foam insulation was used instead of the plywood.  It is lighter and fairly rigid.  Unfortunately, The surface has some dents and irregularities - enough to prevent using as a final painted surface for the house interior.  The roof support is an aluminum channel frame which is supported by metal hangers shown below.  There is a black plastic washer holding the ceiling support snug.  There is a protruding screw for mounting the backwall to the house.

Ceiling Support

  1.  The ceiling hangs on adjustable shelving brackets which can be purchased at any hardware.  Of course they are removable.  I might will use these in the future to support the roof in other areas of the house. 

Roof Support Bracket

  1.  This is a homemade piece of 1/32 in galvanized steel bent into a hanging bracket.  I cut a flat brace into strips.  The brace was found in the homebuilding section of Home Depot.  It will work but I don't know if the above adjustable shelving bracket would work better.

Outside - Backwall of House Framing

  1.  The backwall has an aluminum channel edge around a 1/2 in super tuf foam insulation board - comes in 4 X 8 ft sheets.  The frame is glued to the board.  Outside of this is applied 1/16 in congoleum vinyl floor tile to fill the gap of 1/16 in channel edge thickness.  Now it is a smooth level surface for applying siding.  The vinyl floor tiles add weight but it is the only economical solution I can currently think of.

Inside - Backwall of House Framing

  1.  The inside of the wall needs to be thicker to cover the edge of the subfloor.  Another piece of foam board was added just filling the gap between finished floor and ceiling.  Another final layer of 3/16 foam board (not insulating material) will be applied forming the final interior wall surface for painting or papering. 

Notch in Backwall for Ceiling Support

  1.  I liked using the plastic washer to snug up the ceiling support bracket.  I needed the back to fit flush against the backwall.  So at notch was needed to fit over the ceiling support bracket.

Inside Garage - semi-complete

  1.  The floor, walls, and ceiling are coming together quite well.  The wall is not high enough as I will add a concrete block base to attain the final interior wall height.  The inside of the backwall still needs a final covering of 3/16 in foam board but this will be done as the wall is finished.  Also, the floor is still just the subfloor over which the concrete garage floor will be poured.  I will probably use 3/16 foam board again as the basic substrate.

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