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#1 posted 05-01-2013 05:41 PM

I think there’s actually a point at which a ridge board isn’t needed. Has something to do with the pitch if I remember right. Steeper pitch transfers more to the walls. Low pitch puts more stress on the ridge and that board acts more like a beam. Up to about 1860 there is a lot of “fork and tenon” and they’re pegged at the top. Between around 1860 and 1905-1930 (depends what part of the country you’re in) they were simply mitered at the peak. After that they switched to using a ridge board. I used to do inspections here, but again….. long time ago :)

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