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Can 2×6 be used for rafters?

In general terms, joists spaced 16 inches on center can span 1.5 times in feet their depth in inches. A 2×8 up to 12 feet; 2×10 to 15 feet and 2×12 to 18 feet. The larger the deck, the larger the joists. 2×6 joists should only be used on ground-level decks that do not require, and will not provide for, any guards.

Also asked, how far can I span a 2×6 Rafter?

Max. Live Load 20 lbs/ft2 (956 N/m2)

Maximum Span (ft – in)
Nominal Size (inches) Rafter Spacing, Center to Center (inches) Lumber Grade
2 x 6 12 16′ – 4”
16 14′ – 11”
24 13′

Subsequently, question is, how much weight can a 2×6 ceiling joist hold? Fine Homebuilding notes that 2-inch by 6-inch garage joists will support a weight of up to 50 pounds per square foot. If you overload your garage’s ceiling joists, the ceiling may appear to sag from the strain.

Similarly one may ask, should I use 2×8 or 2×6 rafters?

In general terms, joists spaced 16 inches on center can span 1.5 times in feet their depth in inches. A 2×8 up to 12 feet; 2×10 to 15 feet and 2×12 to 18 feet. 2×6 joists should only be used on ground-level decks that do not require, and will not provide for, any guards.

Should I use 2×4 or 2×6 for roof?

As small as it is 2×4 on 16 centers would be fine. Use a 2×6 for the ridge. If you plan to tie the roof together, 2×4’s would work.

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