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Or would that fall slightly short of modern code?
Or maybe I should just copy my 1920's bungalow - 1x6 ridge board, 2x4 rafters spanning 20' (with the occasional purlin about 2/5 of the way along). Or would that fall slightly short of modern code?
Ridge beam , as Mtn.D has shown can be placed below or partly below the rafters , rafters "birds mouthed " over the top of the exposed BEAM , beam solidly supported at both ends so not sagging / wall spreading can take place.
It was done to "make it look good" which is one of those things I hate to hear coming out of the / any bosses mouth!! Of course when he came back he questioned "Why didn't you show more of the beam?".