Roof Trusses

JLC Field Guide: Roof Trusses

Roofs framed with trusses are engineered systems that demand careful installation and bracing. Any changes in bearing or loading to the original plan, or any field modifications to trusses, needs an engineer's approval.

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Roof Trusses Featured Articles

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Faster Truss Roofs

In this JLC classic from our archives, a California production framer shows how... More

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Creating an OSHA-Compliant Safety Program for a Homebuilding Construction Site

After a visit from OSHA, a design-build contractor learns how to do things by the... More

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Can a Roof Truss Be Repaired?

Because making a seat-of-the-pants field repair to a compromised truss exposes you... More

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Installing Gable Roof Trusses

On-the-ground layout and efficient use of a crane enable these Rhode Island builders to place, brace, and sheathe a truss roof in one day. More

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'Handy Formulas for Stick Framing Roofs'

Read our review of the new book by Will Holladay, the author of the classic "A... More

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Repairing Rotted Trusses

Jake Lewandowski breaks down the tools and techniques that his crew used to fix... More

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Scissors Trusses and Home Performance

The right details can make scissors trusses an energy winner. More

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Roof Trusses Instruction

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Deep Rafters for a Massachusetts Passive House

The massive ridge beam and deep I-joist rafters in this custom Passive House aren’... More

Slideshow: Framing a Loft

Coastal Connection follows the action as Cape Cod contractor Mike Hill frames the... More

Maine Passive House: Framing Overhangs

Work continues on the high-performance Maine ski lodge addition under construction... 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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