Truss Plugin/Extension


Same truss as above but in SketchUp:

View model here:


Version 1.4.5 - 03.24.2016

  • Structural outlookers (vert. & horz.) enabled under advanced roof options for Scissor (4/4) truss type.

I guess I somehow missed enabling structural outlookers for scissor trusses. Anyhow this issue was brought to my attention this evening so I’ve tried to rectify it as much as possible. After delving into the code I realized that the scissor truss module needs a major rewrite and cleanup so I was only able to get structural outlookers enabled for the 4/4 configuration. Later next week I will jump back into this module and work on the 2/2 and 6/6 configuration.


We commonly see a variation of the polynesian roof in old granite walled buildings (where the walls are ~600mm thick), but it’s a normal roof rafter detail with the main load resting on the inside of the wall and a kicked lower section to extend beyond the wall’s thickness and form an eaves overhang (Or sometimes just to come to the edge of the wall and have the gutter attached to the wall (no overhang)


I had someone ask me if it would be possible to create a small house or cabin based entirely on a raised heel attic truss profile, probably with some skylights for light. I’ve never seen this type of design before but I don’t see why it might not work. Has anyone ever seen something like this done? Basically an attic truss with a raised heel (48’) resting directly on a stem wall foundation with post and beams or something similar.

The one issue I could see is if there were no windows for a bedroom (no egress) that was midway the length of the structure. The design shown is 36’ wide, 42’ long with a 21’ wide attic room. 6"x24" stemwall foundation, with a 12"x6" footing.

Typically large attic trusses are quite expensive so it would seem that this would be an expensive way to build a house perhaps there is some other reason that makes this method of construction viable?

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Another look at the cambered truss:


Here is a hip configuration


Here’s a dutch hip variant.


Do you have any shop drawings for the truss package for either of these two configurations or a photo of the framing?

The dutch hip variant will probably be very similar to a regular dutch hip (common trusses). The hip variant is going to be interesting.


Version 1.4.6 - 03.26.2016

  • Added Cambered truss type, configurations: (6/X).
  • Metric input enabled for cambered truss type.
  • Added gable end trusses for cambered truss type.

Six variants of the (6/X) configuration dependent on the ratio of the camber width to span. Notice that in all cases the top chord has six panels, the bottom chord varies from 4, 5 and 6 panels.

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Second look at cathedral trusses (6/X) family:

The logic required to triangulate these type of trusses becomes tedious.


I’ve been meaning to add in cathedral trusses for quite some time and I finally had the chance last night. Configuration (3) shown below for a catheral 6/X truss:

Now I only need to code in the other six configurations and its ready to release as a new update.

View model here:


A breakdown of the configurations for the Cathedral 4/X family:


Version 1.4.7 - 03.28.2016

  • Added Cathedral truss type, configurations: (4/X, 6/X).
  • Metric input enabled for cathedral truss type.
  • Added gable end trusses for cathedral truss type.

Note, that not all configurations have webs enabled however the top chords, bottom chords, gable end trusses and all advanced options are enabled.


Twelve different truss profiles currently available within the Medeek Truss Plugin:

  • Common
  • Attic
  • Scissor
  • Tail Bearing
  • Dual Pitch
  • Bowstring
  • Bow Barrel
  • Polynesian
  • Cambered
  • Cathedral
  • Floor (System 42)

I still need to complete the barrel vault truss type which is about half way coded. After that I’m starting to get into more exotic truss types, are their any requests for specific trusses? I should probably take a break from trusses for a while and get back to hip roofs, but since this is the “truss” plugin I want to have at least the majority of the more common types available.

Safari Version 9.1 (11601.5.17.1) Errors

Just as a word of warning this plugin is far from a polished or finished product. There are still a lot of loose ends that need tying up. Case in point I have not yet enabled gable end trusses for the attic truss type. The reason is the complication of dropping the top chord for structural outlookers where the attic truss has a spliced top chord. Below is an example of a attic truss with a dropped top chord that I have encountered in the past but I don’t know if this is the best method of handling this situation.

I would like to enable structural outlookers for attic trusses in the next few days just to wrap this up. Any thoughts or suggestions or examples of similar configurations are very much appreciated.


To further clarify the framing details with regards to attic trusses and structural outlookers I’ve created a sample model with a proposed dropped top chord gable end attic truss:

Please download and review the model here:

I’ve also included the infill wall framing to help put everything into reference (light green).

Is this the appropriate way to frame an attic truss (gable end) with structural outlookers?

Some of these questions I post may at times seem overly concerned with a lot of technical details but if the plugin is to produce realistic truss and roof framing rather than simple “cartoons” these types of questions have to be asked.


The reason I provide the full attic opening at the gable end truss is so that the framed in wall can be the nominal ext. wall thickness of 5.5 inches and allow for R-21 insulation. I’ve had some truss plants provide the typical vert. webs for nailing off the sheathing over this space but then one has to fir it all out anyways to get the appropriate wall thickness for the insulation.

If the wall below the gable end truss is sufficient for bearing then the gable end truss really does not need to have any structural capability so all of the diagonal webs can go away. One could also get away with a 2x4 dropped top chord with the stacked top chord at the eaves as shown. It would make sense to have the same depth at the bottom chord though so that the floor sheathing has a convenient nailing surface right to the edge of the building.

Alternatively one could do away with the gable end truss entirely and just balloon frame the wall from the ground floor up or from the attic floor up.

The question is which method should be employed within the plugin. I would prefer to use the most commonly employed solution.


Six possible end details for a flat truss (Pratt 4 panels), there are probably others but these seem to be the most common:

1.) Mansard w/ Parapet
2.) Parapet
3.) Mansard
4.) Overhang
5.) Cantilever
6.) None

Both Mansard configurations can also have an optional overhang as shown. The Parapet configuration should allow for customizing the thickness of the parapet wall.

View model here:

This truss type with its many end configurations would work well with an HTML UI, that is the direction I will be going with future user inputs and interfaces since the ability to customize is unlimited.

With the flat trusses I will initially offer both Howe and Pratt with the ability to utilize a low slope or zero slope.


Version 1.4.8 - 04.01.2016

  • Added Mod Fan common truss type.
  • Structural outlookers (vert. & horz.) enabled under advanced roof options for Common (Mod Fan) truss type.

View model here:

With the addition of the Mod Fan (Triple Fan) the line up of common trusses is complete. I still need to add in raised heels and structural outlookers for some of the configurations.

Theoretically I could add in additional configurations of the Fink and Howe truss types for extremely large roofs but the largest I’ve ever seen is a raised heel Quad Fink (10/9). Large spans beyond 70’-80’ are probably not practical as far as a single span common truss roof. At that point you pretty much go with large flat roofs with interior columns and girders and all steel construction (think Walmart or Cosco).


Tray truss algorithm:

A more complex algorithm would be required for a non-centered tray.