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Old 01-18-2011, 09:19 PM  
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Default Why are there chains in my attic?

I was just up in my attic and there are two rows of chains that connect the rafters to the joists. The rows run parallel to the ridge and the chains are 2 or 3 feet apart. But the chains are slack, not tight, and they are light-weight chain, like dog chain.

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Old 01-19-2011, 05:09 AM  
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Maybe there's a dog in your attic before? Just kidding...

Can you get a picture?



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Old 01-19-2011, 09:11 AM  
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Light fixture support? In drop ceilings the fixtures need a safety chain to support them in case of fire where the ceiling comes down.

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Old 01-19-2011, 10:31 PM  
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Default Pictures of chains in the attic

Here are some pictures. The house was built in 1989. It's in Minnesota.

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i have no idea why they are there, but that is pretty creepy.

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I go with my first post. Safety support.

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Okay I have been thinking about this for a while and have some questions.
Are these rafters 2x4s and how long are they?
Your picture shows patches or something nailed across three rafter, is there a broken rafter there?
Is the bearing wall below the ridge or is it under the chains and do you have chains on both sides?

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Old 01-26-2011, 03:53 PM  
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Do they all have tension on them?

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Those chains are too light be part of any support system. They are either safety support required by building code or markers so you know where the lights are from above.

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Here are some pictures. The house was built in 1989. It's in Minnesota.

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There is no way they are supporting anything. They're too light, are slack, and are all hanging at different angles.

I'd say they're one of two things. Either they are marking something under the insulation (have you checked to see what they're attached to at the bottom?), or the previous owner had something hanging on them. I suppose that could have been anything from Christmas Wreaths to drying pot.


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