Fixing an Improperly Built Overhang
I want to reinforce the framing of this existing carport to extend its life and avoid a costly rebuild.
Apparently the 2-car carport was not built to code. Unfortunately, it is unlikely that the builder will rebuild it. So I’m trying to fix it.
It seems like the main carport was built first and the the overhang was added on (perhaps when the builder realized that the garage door motor extended past the carport). You can see the overhang is not on the posts.
My tentative plan is to:
– use temporary supports to raise the overhang up into position
– add Simpson knee brace stabilizers.
– add bolts to draw together the 3 horizontal beams. There is a gap between the ledger board of the overhang and the boards of the main carport. Now, there are 2 bolts at the ends of the horizontal beams and at the center. This seems insufficient for an 18’ span.
– add joist hangers, though it may not be necessary for every joist.
– add post to beam connectors
– What kind of Simpson ties would work to connect the beam of the overhang to the post? It appears something like a header hanger connector would work, though this is likely not its intended use.
– Is my plan any good? What would you do?
Any advice or thoughts would be greatly appreciated.