recently up in an attic of a house that was built about 85 years ago. Well built house I might ad. But I was looking to see if a particular wall was load bearing and noticed that it was a type of suspension framing. I have never seen it before. I am green of course and a little wet behind the ears.
The rafters wer 2×6 but the joists were 2×4, both layed out on 16″. The ceiling sheetrcok was nailed to 1×4 sleepers that were nailed to the underside of the 2×4 joists. In order to support the load of the ceiling, the joist were connected to the 2×6 rafters with a vertical 1×4, probably putting alot of load on the rafter middles. So then there were 2×6 bracing next to the vertical 1×4 helping the laod and carriying it to a wall that ran the length of the house. I warned the cliet that he should never let anyone “jack” with that wall. In essence, most of the walls in the house were non-load bearing. the ceiling was supported from above instead of from below. This is the first time I have seen it before and was wondering if there was a name for this type of roof framing. It looked alot like a truss, in picture and design.