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Posted on Framing a roof. Stick or trusses?

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#1 posted 481 days ago

reedwood. Yeah I’m making a “beam” using a pair of 2×4s on edge (with 1/2” plywood filler and capped with another 2×4 (flat). It will be 13 feet long (10 building, 1ft lookout at back gable and 2 ft lookout at front gable). So the side walls will be shortened by about 5 inches to accommodate. I know it’s overkill, but one of the things it does is let me just cut roof rafters the same for the entire length. 13 feet of roof. The ridge board is a single 2×8 also 13 feet, supported at both gables. Should make it easy for me to hang the rafters by myself.

I might just make the beam with doubled 2×4 and leave off the cap. It’s only supporting a 2 ft overhang at most.


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