Loft struts advice

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Hi Everyone,

Last time i had a problem on here the help was amazing and sorted the problem i had out in minutes, so thank-you for that.

I feel a very novice DIY-er so my contributions to posts are very thin on the ground however anything i learn on the way i will be sure to pass on.

I have bought a Victorian house so the questions i have is endless as you can imagine...things need doing all the time.

My main concern is the roof/loft.

I have attached a few images but bascially they had a new roof put on a few years back and the guy that did it must have been dodgy.

We had British Gas round to fit insulation as there is none and he said he couldn't do it as half the loft has no timbers (like strut things) i know nothing about loft structures and tried searching endlessly online to no avail?

Anyone any ideas what this needs doing as i want the insulation in ASAP.

Thanks so much
 
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First 2 pics are the side of the loft that seems ok and other 3 are the side that the guy said needs sorting before he comes back? :(
 
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Well you must be able to see what is missing go and buy some roofing batons an fix them in place, measure first if you only have a car and cut them at the timber yard.
 
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Well you must be able to see what is missing go and buy some roofing batons an fix them in place, measure first if you only have a car and cut them at the timber yard.

Thanks Catlad, i'll do that and get it sorted but i just wanted to check it was as easy as that? Do you know what the purpose of them are and why the insulator guy wouldn't have done the job without them?

Thanks,
 
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They are not major structural items - they are only there to stop the ceiling bowing excessively when someone walks about up there or piles junk in.

As above, just get two or three pieces of 3x1 or 4x1. Nail them to the purlin at the top (that hefty piece of timber) and to the nearest convenient ceiling joist at the bottom.
 
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They are not major structural items - they are only there to stop the ceiling bowing excessively when someone walks about up there or piles junk in.

As above, just get two or three pieces of 3x1 or 4x1. Nail them to the purlin at the top (that hefty piece of timber) and to the nearest convenient ceiling joist at the bottom.

Thanks so much Tony1851! I'll get some this weekend and ask my husband to fix them in.

I appreciate the replies and time.
 
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But if you go to Wickes you will have to cut them in the car park not the yard, I recall a somewhat heated and standoffish 'discussion' I had with some Wickes employees when I got me saw out a while back! :evil:
 
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No, the saw was good, in fact he complemented me on it, it was their H&S rules that prevented it, but he expected me to wheel a trolley full of timber 100 yards round to the customer car park over some uber speed bumps. Then he said some things I said some things, a colleague or two got involved and ended with me saying they would have to physically stop me if they wanted to. :D
 
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You must have been desperate to be buying timber from wicks, I Bought some scaffolding planks from travis perkins as they were on offer, anyway I was tying them on the top of my van and an employee asked me if I ok and I said fine thinking he was just being friendly but he was telling me that I was unqualified to secure scaffolding planks to the top of my van .!!!!!!!!
 
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