This essential reference for pros and passionate amateurs is back with a fresh design and updated content. Written by respected builders from all over America, this extensive revision collects all the latest roof framing articles from the pages of Fine Homebuilding magazine -- from cutting rafters and framing roof valleys to building dormers and working with roof trusses. The contributors offer hardearned, job-tested advice on an impressive variety of tools, techniques, and trade secrets.
Framing Roofs shows how to work with speed and precision, and, since working on a roof is often a complicated and dangerous task, safety is always at the forefront.
Fine Homebuilding has been providing rock-solid information and inspiration to everyone who cares about quality home improvement and construction since 1981. With a circulation of 300,000, the magazine helps its dedicated readers build projects better, faster, and more efficiently. All the contributing authors of Framing Roofs are seasoned professionals who have written articles in the magazine.
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Table Of Contents Part 1. Stick Framing
Cutting and Setting Common Rafters
Framing a Gable Roof
Framing a Roof Valley
Getting More out of Your Rafter Square
A Different Approach to Rafter Layout
Framing a Hip Roof
Hip-Roof Framing Made Easier
Framing a Gambrel Roof
Roof Framing with Engineered Lumber
Cordless Framing Nailers
Part 2. Dormers and Bays
Doghouse Dormers: Framing from the Ground Up
Frame a Classic Shed Dormer
Framing a Dramatic Dormer
A Gable-Dormer Retrofit
Framing an Elegant Dormer
Framing a Bay Window Roof
Part 3. Truss Framing
Raising Roof Trusses
Rolling Roof Trusses
Building Hip and Valley Roofs with Trusses
Intro I often tell myself that building a new house is much easier than remodeling an old one. By 'often' I mean, whenever I'm having trouble with a remodeling project, which happens most weekends. The exception to this excuse occurs when I'm working on my roof. With all of its angles and math, roof framing is intimidating. I'm much more comfortable cutting into a roof to find things where they should be, straight and square, than trying to build one that way myself.
One of my early assignments at Fine Homebuilding was to work with Rick Arnold on a story about framing roof valleys. When I arrived at the job site, Rick had already determined the lengths and necessary bevel cuts for the valley and Jack rafters. It took Rick less time to cut all the components of the valley on the ground than it did for his crew to carry them to the roof. Watching each rafter slip perfectly into place was one of the most remarkable feats I'd seen on a job site.
Rick's article, which you'll find in this book, turned out to be more than a lesson in geometry, but an example of how a veteran builder plans ahead and uses modern tools, like the construction calculator, and modern materials, like the LVL ridge board and valley rafter, to simplify tricky details and improve the end result. At Fine Homebuilding, we're proud to be a conduit for experienced craftsman to share their knowledge with readers like you. Whether you're looking to learn the basics of laying out a rafter, or improve your skills on more complex roof details, there is a lot to learn in this collection of our best roof framing stories.
Brian Pontolilo, editor
Video No Author Editors of Fine Homebuilding ISBN 978-1-62710-070-0 Publication Year 2013 Pages 192 Photo 235 Drawings No Video Download No Other Formats No Cover PDF Download Format eBook (PDF)
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