Patent Number: 6,438,920

Title: Hybrid truss and system of fabricating with hybrid truss

Abstract: A hybrid truss and a system of fabricating a building using a hybrid truss is provided. The hybrid truss is designed to span large widths without center support. Each hybrid truss is typically made with two symmetrical truss members that join at the peak. Each member is made with an upper cord and a lower cord having cross bracing between the two cords. A peak end member is attached to the ends of the cords to join the two truss members at the peak to form the hybrid truss. Attached at the lower end of each truss member is a sleeve. The sleeve is rigidly attached to at least the lower cords and cross bracing. The sleeve redirects outward forces into the top of a post in a downward force and a slight rotational force. The sleeve is designed to slide over the top of a post or column to attach and properly position the truss on the top of the posts or columns. Vertical adjustment to level the hybrid truss is provided by vertical movement of the sleeve on the post. Once all the posts are placed, and cut to a generally level height, the hybrid trusses are lifted and placed on the posts with the sleeve fitting over the top of the posts. The sleeve, after being vertically adjusted, is secured to the the post with bolts, screws, nails or other fasteners. Backing 2.times.4 or 2.times.6's are attached across the top cord and to the outside of the posts. Roofing material and wall material are attached to the backing to enclose the building. The hybrid truss with the sleeve and this method allows a building to be constructed very rapidly and inexpensively. Site preparation is minimized, in that the land does not have to be leveled. There is no need for a concrete floor, foundation or footing. A building having a large width or span with high overhead clearance can be constructed in a very short time using the hybrid truss and the system of fabricating a building with the hybrid truss.

Inventors: Tobey; Russel J. (Tipton, MO), Smith; Jonh L. (Holts Summit, MO)


International Classification: E04B 7/02 (20060101); E04C 3/42 (20060101); E04C 3/38 (20060101); E04C 3/40 (20060101); E04B 1/24 (20060101); E04B 001/32 ()

Expiration Date: 08/27/2019