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Posted on Framing a roof. Stick or trusses?

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#1 posted 05-03-2013 02:11 PM

yeah, I’m not getting that crazy with the underside of the roof. She’s 5’-2” so I don’t think I’ll ever have to worry about her skewering her head on a roofing nail coming through. I’m actually thinking of lowering the wall height Just a bit. I have a standard height door and have to accommodate the header for it,, but I think I can cut the studs at 86 inches.

A 2×4 sill would have top of the stud at 87-1/2. A doubled 2×6 header would use 5-1/2 of that 87-1/2 and make the door opening rough at 82 inches (height). Once I put the top plate and tie plate on top of the studs, I’d be at 90-1/2 to the top of the wall. That’s just about 7 and a half feet interior height at the wall. That’s plenty. :)

Oh and I remembered I have a scaffold in the garage. That will make a good portion of the roof accessible from a nice big platform. And when it comes time to work up the roof farther might make a decent “safety net” if I put the platform at the top and have the scaffold tied off to the wall. Maybe. Bottom half of roof from scaffold almost certainly. The other part, I’ll have to see how it works out. Might be more trouble than it’s worth as the ground is a bit uneven.

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