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Roof Structure

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    Toolbox

    Hitachi NR90AE round-head framing nailer; roofing tools; truck racks & boxes

     
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    On the Job

    Roof-pitch jig; lumber-hanging trick; skyhooked

     
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    Framing a Hipped Tray Ceiling

    With this method, all you need to calculate is the length of the hip and the run of a common.

     
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    Products

    Synthetic roof underlayments; deck railings; fireplaces

     
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    Adding Timber Rafter Tails To a Stick-Framed Roof

    A good plan and shop-made parts simplify this classy detail.

     
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    Framing a Barrel-Vault Ceiling

    To simplify the layout, think in terms of a hip roof.

     
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    Installing Curved Exterior Trim

    Accurate framing and full-size millwork templates guaranteed a precise fit.

     
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    Hot-mop variations; strong connections; snap goes the post; more

     
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    Building a Strong Cathedral Hip Roof

    A Massachusetts builder explains how he built a structurally sound vaulted hip ceiling without collar ties.

     
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    Gang-Cutting Rafters

    Designing dormers that fit

     
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    Framing a Round Tower

    A Long Island contractor uses preassembled framing and a forklift to build a dramatic circular stairwell.

     
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    Rooftop Decks for Coastal Homes

    Building a deck over living space can be a tricky proposition. An architect and builder describes his method for suspending the deck framing from parapet walls, above an EPDM rubber membrane roof.

     
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    Gypsum-Board Firewalls

    A multifamily builder finds that gypsum-board area separation walls have some important advantages over traditional masonry walls.

     
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    Two Formed & Foamed Dormers

    Shop-built dormers for a stress-skin roof

     
  • Roof Truss Spacing

    Q. We see ourselves as quality builders. We frame everything 16 inches on-center, including roof trusses. Most visitors to our job sites feel that this is overkill and that we're wasting the customer's money. Is putting trusses 16 inches on-center with 5/

     
  • A Close Look at Stucco

    Traditional three-coat, one-coat, or EIFS, stucco is only as reliable as the water-management details behind it. A second- generation stucco contractor identifies common problems and offers proven solutions.

     
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    Framing an Octagonal Roof

    A master framer safely cuts and assembles a complex bell-shaped turret roof in comfort on the ground before finishing the job with a crane.

     
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    Laying Out a Split-Pitch Hip

    A veteran carpenter lays out irregular hip rafters with framing square, tape measure, bevel gauge, and a series of triangles drawn on scrap.

     
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    By Design: Stick-Framed Look on a Truss Budget

    Getting a stick-framed look on a truss budget

     
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    Roofing felt, rotary laser follow-up, plumbing a well pump, sizing supply pipes, more