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Roof Structure

  • For What It's Worth

    Thermostatic crawlspace vent, new fiberglass-mat roofing paper, fold-up hearing protectors

  • Raising a Small Shed Dormer

    There’s no time to waste when the roof is off the house. An experienced remodeler describes the methods he uses to strip the roof, cut the opening, and frame a dormer addition in just two days.

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    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.

  • For What It's Worth

    Rubber roof slates, nonslip eaves membrane, clapboard installation jig, hook-and-loop tape for carpet installation

  • Framing a Complex Gambrel

    A large roof full of intersections, dormers, and fancy rake and cornice work can be complicated enough to build. Throw in curved roof planes and you’ve got a real head-scratcher. Here’s how one builder used full-scale drawings to work out the details.

  • For What It's Worth

    New trimmable floor truss, backsplash clip, retrofit flashing for vent pipes

  • Eight-Penny News

    Qualified Framer program, OSHA inspectors target small builders, retread roof, new itchless fiberglass insulation

  • Remodeler's Guide to Building Skylight Wells

    Skylight installations — especially those with splayed shafts — can challenge all of a remodeler’s skills. A California carpenter leads us step-by-step through layout, framing, and finish.

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  • After the Storm: Hard-Won Lessons

    Coastal communities need stricter, clearer codes, better training of builders and inspectors, and better quality control, say the experts after a year of studying the most devastating storm in U.S. history.

  • Building With Style: Supporting a Big Rake Overhang

    Roof overhangs

  • Joining Unequally Pitched Roofs

    A builder describes how he uses a framing square and full-scale layout to solve this tricky problem.

  • Builder's Library: Audel Covers the Roof

  • Q&A: Can Sagging Rafters Be Reused?

    Q: We are replacing a hip roof that has three layers of asphalt shingles over the original skip sheathing and shake roof. This load has caused the 14-foot common rafters to permanently sag about 2 1/2 inches at midspan. Now that we have stripped off the old roofing, can we simply replace the...

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  • Cathedral Ceiling Solutions

    It’s tough to get the necessary insulation and ventilation into a compact sloped ceiling. Here’s what works best for contractors around the country.

  • Builder's Library

  • Eight-Penny News

  • Building Curved Dormers

    A custom builder tells how he makes curved-top dormers using standard framing and trim and a little carpenter’s ingenuity.