Can I replace ceiling joist hangers with Noggins?
I want to board my roof space to provide extra storage space. My home is an English 1930s built property with 4 inch x 2 inch joists spaced at 16 inches centre to centre. Fixed at right angles to and across the joists are lengths of 4 x 2 timbers that run parallel to and 5 feet from the sides of the house. I think these are called summer beams or binding joists or hangars to prevent deflection i.e. sagging of the joists.
These timbers are a hindrance to boarding the roof. Can they be removed and replaced with noggins between the joists to serve the same purpose and in fact prevent twisting of the joists?
Thanks in advance for your help