For sure, slap happy "carpentry."
The quotes are because one might say carpentry is involved, but it is not.
It might be better said slap unhappy "carpentry."
But that is just me.
This is a garage roof that has had attention!
And the wrong kind.
One end bulges upward and the other sinks downward.
It can't make up its mind.
It might even be the one "fix" caused the other problem.
I suspect that the right side in this photo used to sag, like the left.
And I don't know if in the photo to the right this was the first "repair" or not. The cross beam in the bottom of the photo is the only in the garage that could have been used for the new vertical support.
To me this seems like the more recent "repair" as it is not painted.
And it might be to try to correct another sag downward as exists on the other side of the roof.
Why do I think that?
Because, clearly, the cause of the sag was painted, without bothering to repair it.
There was an improperly-supported joint in the ridge beam. Such as it was, the roof sagged over time. Physics, and gravity, always do what they do.
Mother Nature will enforce codes even when the carpenter does not, or the "carpenter" does not obey standard carpentry procedures. Physics and gravity, as I said, always do what they do.
An attempt was made to shore up the trusses with boards nailed into the collar ties. But it has not worked. So, what to do?
I know. Paint it! And put on some new shingles! And sell it!
My recommendation: finding this in the garage I was interested in the roof. Getting up into the attic I found that the same "carpenter" had apparently been there too, doing this same kind of thing. Oh, and under the kitchen to "shore up" the extra weight introduced by a new granite-covered kitchen island. The marble test on the floor was pretty indicative! Well, sags happen. I've seen the bumper stickers! And there were sags all over this place, up, down, inside and out. My clients moved on.
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