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Posted on Framing a roof. Stick or trusses?

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reedwood

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#1 posted 453 days ago

Huh?... two ridge beams?.... why? now you got my curiosity really going.

I’m guessing the 2×4 “beam will be installed under the 2×8 ridge beam? If so, it would be for aesthetic purposes? as it’s not needed for structural support.

Also, 2×4 beam ends will need to be wrapped to look decent or at least painted. You could make 2 short fake 4×6 cedar “beams” with a nice cut profile and get the same look without building a 13 ft. beam.

You say your going with a 1 ft. overhang on the gable ends but, I believe a 1 ft. overhang on the sides of a 12/12 pitch would lower the bottom of the fascia so low the a normal size door that swings out might hit it. That would definitely suck and the boss will laugh at you. not good. VIF, as they say.

It would take two guys, set up, about 2+ hours to just frame and sheath this roof.

But, one retired, fully capable guy like you or me would take 8+ hours and we would be worn out from moving 1000 lbs. of material up and down a ladder 30 times.

Can’t make the boss happy if your all worn out! Get some help!

Ps. check out my blog, The Tool Shed… pretty funny.

-- mark


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