I just bought a house and I am having a problem with cracking Roof Joists. The Ridge Beam is a 2x5 and the Roof Joists are 2x8. The problem is when the house was constructed they only nailed the top half of the Roof Joist to the ridge beam. As a result over time snow loads and Roofer slamming shingles down the joist are developing cracks. One has already cracked and is hanging from the roof sheathing already.
Please help. I need some ideas as to how to fix and stop other Joists from cracking. My idea is to cut some plywood gussets to spread the connection load over the whole 2x8.
Is there a better way? I am open to other ideas/methodes.
Thanks in advance