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Posted on Framing a roof. Stick or trusses?

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#1 posted 05-01-2013 08:43 PM

I often build my own trusses for small buildings 2 X 4 trusses are plenty heavy enough for your small building. You can use glue nailed plywood for the gussets. I usually get the local lumber yard to send for a quote from the truss mfg. then steal their design. The salesman at the yard is a friend and he could care less as long as I buy the materials from him. The gussets in this case are 3/8 steel plate oh yes I also do common rafters this one is a 10/12 joining a 12/12 there is a reason they call it a bastard valley LOL

Trusses will be much easier to work with common rafters are a pain in the butt on a short span. Here is a small set we threw together last summer.

-- A tube of calk and a gallon of paint will make a carpenter what he ain't

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