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Forum topic by Beginningwoodworker posted 01-26-2010 02:17 AM 2452 views 0 times favorited 21 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-26-2010 02:17 AM

I built this roof when I knew nothing about carpentry, it was about 3 year ago, now my midstake done come back and hunt me. Now I need I to do a tear off and rebuild it, I am going to do a gable roof with a 5/12 pitch. What cause the roof leak was we had a major cold frezze and it put ice on the roof and when the ice started to melt it cause the roof to leak.

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#1 posted 01-26-2010 02:19 AM

If we did everything right the first time, it wouldn’t be called experience.
You’ll have that fixed in no time Charles!
A good excuse to use that cool new hammer of yours!

-- Eric, central Florida

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#2 posted 01-26-2010 02:24 AM

hi chales ,

i guess you know now to turn the joists on edge .

with your new knowledge and tools ,
you should have that done
real quick .
as allways ,
just ask ,
if you have any questions .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 01-26-2010 02:30 AM


At least you are lucky that it doesn’t snow very much where you live!!!


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#4 posted 01-26-2010 02:33 AM

I am glad we dont get much snow here, or I would be up the creek.

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#5 posted 01-26-2010 02:46 AM

See, that’s why I stick to furniture!!! : )

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#6 posted 01-26-2010 03:27 AM

Good luck on the new rebuild.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#7 posted 01-26-2010 04:25 AM

We have a saying in the cattle business;”Good judgement comes from experience, which unfortunately usually comes form bad judgement.” You spotted it and now you know you can correct it. Good for you!!!

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#8 posted 01-26-2010 04:49 AM

let me know if you want some shed building books…one has pretty good pictures of sheds (now that I built my shed last summer dont need it…)...

send me a PM if you would like me to send them…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#9 posted 01-26-2010 05:27 AM

like patron said…the 2×6s under the roof have to stand verticly like an I-beam…other than that it should be fine…unless theres no roofing on

-- M.K.

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#10 posted 01-26-2010 05:48 AM


-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#11 posted 01-26-2010 11:56 AM

Learning from experience…
the definition of experience is what you wished happened to other people so you can learn from it…
Good luck with the new roof…

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#12 posted 01-26-2010 03:04 PM

This is how you build a shed :)
Click for details

-- John in Belgrave (Website) ,

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#13 posted 01-27-2010 05:12 AM

Charles, that was 3 yrs ago! You’ve come a long way since then, my friend. I wish I had friends, like we have here, when i started working wood 30+ yrs ago. Take the advice on this (and the other forums you’re on) and glean the best suggestions from all of them. Take Matt’s idea and pick up a book on shed building at your local Lowes or Barnes and Noble. Money well spent.

Good luck and if you still need help, you know where we all hang out!


-- In the shop making chaos out of order

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#14 posted 01-27-2010 05:14 AM

I can’t Imagine someone building it that way.

-- Custom furniture

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#15 posted 01-27-2010 05:18 AM

Good Luck

-- Jim, Kentucky

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