Will Holladay

Will Holladay is a framer from Santa Barbara, Calif. He is the author of A Roof Cutter’s Secrets To Framing The Custom House.

Will Holladay's Posts

Framing an Elliptical Staircase Framing an Elliptical Staircase

Recently, my friend Nick Ridge and I took on a job in Northern California that had an interesting challenge — an elliptical staircase with a self-supporting inside stringer. Read more

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Stacking Supported Valleys

A roof with intersecting hips and valleys will test the mettle of many a seasoned framer. Using examples from a recent project, a roof framing specialist explains the foolproof method he uses to lay out, cut, and install three complex configurations: valley-to-hip, valley-to-valley, and a “disappearing” valley. Read more

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Q&A: Steep Rafter Lengths

Q: When cutting steep roofs, we often have problems getting the correct rafter lengths. It seems the steeper the roof gets, the lower the rafters hit on the ridge. We have been careful to double-check diagonals and our ridge height, but our first rafter is always too short, and we have to waste time fitting a pattern before proceeding. Why do the rafters need lengthening, and is there some way to calculate for this? Read more

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Q&A: Rafter Framing With Unequal Wall Heights Q&A: Rafter Framing With Unequal Wall Heights

Q: How do you figure rafter lengths for a gable roof when one wall is 10 feet high, and the other is 8 feet high (illustration A)? The span of the building is 24 feet. We want the roof pitch to be the same on both sides. Read more

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Framing Tower Roofs

A production roof cutter and custom builder describes an easy method to frame a conical tower roof. Read more

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