A roof pedicure happens when "repairs" are made by using a nailing technique called "toe nailing."
To toe nail a technique that abuts two perpendicular pieces of wood by driving nails at an angle on the very end.
This attachment technique really isn't good for most long term applications and is often only a temporary thing until the proper strap or bolt is put in place. It should not be used long term for, say, roof support!
From the outside of the house there was a substantial dip in the roof.
That almost always means fun on the inside!
This roof was no exception.
I found two sistered joists in a row.
For all I know this was done many years ago.
But maybe even last year as the sheathing above these two joists was fairly new looking.
Nevertheless, this roof application is unprofessional and even dangerous.
When I see a dip in the roof and I can get to it, I never walk on it to test its strength!
Looking at this"repair" you can see just how wise that practice is.
And this view gives something of a close up of just how professional a job it was!
You will notice that this fine job uses three toe nails and six sistering nails!
Somebody thought that was "over engineering."
I certain worlds I guess that is.
My recommendation: roofs sag for various reasons, but it is best to determine why. The reason might actually be a safety issue. Safety issues are not something one wants to inherit when buying a house. Have a home inspector check it out! You may be pleasantly surprised, or not...
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