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When You Have To Cut A Truss Residential remodelers can safely modify a single truss if they understand the load and closely follow basic rules by Clayton DeKorne The warnings from truss manufacturers are very clear: you are risking structural failure if you cut into a truss. The warning shouldn't be taken lightly. However, on some remodeling jobs, trusses have to be modified. When you must cut into a truss, the only path offered by the Truss Plate Institute is to "consult an engineer." That's fine when you need to modify a number of trusses for a large addition. But for small projects when you're only dealing with a single truss—to fit a skylight, chimney or