While framing a new house, we had to build a small decorative dormer on the steeply pitched roof. We own a forklift with a telescoping boom; it's easily got the capacity to lift a dormer like this (as well as much larger ones), so we typically build the dormer on the ground for the sake of safety and efficiency, then hoist it into place with the lift. On this job, we were able to work in the dry on the first-floor deck, and the project kept my carpenters busy on a couple of snowy afternoons when I might otherwise have...

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