Now that we understand what Truss Lift is, what can we do about it? If you have no idea what Im talking about, this would be a good time to go back and read last weeks entry. Go ahead ..Ill wait!
Truss Lift is a naturally occurring phenomenon that would be most easily and cost effectively addressed before it occurs. In other words, it should be fixed during the building process. Since so many people are experiencing the effects, it is apparent that this is not happening.
In most cases you cannot prevent Truss Lift from happening, but what you can do is minimize the unsightly cracking that it causes. The easiest way to mask the cracks is to attach a crown molding over the affected areas. During installation, attach the molding only to the ceiling (not the walls). This allows the molding to move up and down with the ceiling and keeps the cracks covered.
If that isnt the answer for you, then you can follow these three steps:
- Install slotted L brackets which secure the truss to the wall (in the attic) but leave room for the truss to move up and down.
- Remove screws or nails from ceiling drywall 18 away from wall.
Secure a 1X6 stop plate to the top of the wall (in the attic) to prevent ceiling drywall from lifting with the truss.
- Once you have completed these steps you can repair the corner, touchup the paint and say goodbye to those ugly cracks!
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