Supporting beams, Can I do without them?

30 Aug 2010
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I am clearing my loft, and I'd like to then insulate it and lay new flooring. But I've got these supporting beams in the way!
These diagonal beams hold a beam running across the rafters to support it. But it seems to me that it was added because the beam supporting the rafters isn't installed properly. Any advice?
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Don't remove them would be my advice.
Thanks. I didn't think to just remove them. But i wonder whether if the the support beams will be needed if i fix the big beam running across the rafters into the brickwork?
Those beams are called purlins and they don't appear to be set in the brickwork? if you want self supporting beams you would probably need steel.
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As you can see the purlins our not set into the wall .

So I would not remove the timbers because they are there for a reason , maybe to prevent roof spread.

They is a way around it but would take a lot of work to be done.

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