Dimensional Lumber Roofs

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Efficient Rafter Cutting

A veteran California framer explains step by step how to lay out plumb, seat, heel... More

Flipping the Script on a Second-Story Addition

Design-builder Andrew DiGiammo tries a new strategy: Build the new roof first,... More

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Fast Cuts for Complex Roofs

Use basic geometry and scale drawings to find the angles. More

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Roof Collapse Averted

How an engineer fixed a simple framing error that could have resulted in a total... More

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Adding a Steel 'Backbone' to a Failed Ridge Beam

Jake Lewandowski breaks down the complex process of reinforcing a rotted heavy... More

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Ridge Beams vs. Ridge Boards

When renovating an attic, be sure you understand the difference between ridge... More

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Dimensional Lumber Roofs Instruction

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Circular Saw Basics

A primer for new crew members from veteran carpenter John Spier on getting the... More

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Raising Ceiling Joists

An engineer explains how to create a vaulted ceiling in a low-pitched roof with no... More

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Joining Two Roofs of Different Pitches

Unequal-pitch roof intersections have always been head scratchers. John Carroll... More

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On the Job: Octagon Ceiling

Framing an octagonal vaulted ceiling. More

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Are Birdmouths in Rafters Necessary?

Now that there are alternative methods using ripped strips and metal connectors,... More

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