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doobs1998 04-17-2012 12:13 AM

attaching a bird mouth to the top plate
 
Not too sure if my lingo is proper..my problem is I'm fairly new at building and especially weak in the roof area..I'm building a camp 12x16, I have 3 of 4 walls up and my next step is rafters..I can't figure out how to screw or nail the bird mouth to the top plate..any suggestions would be a big help

joecaption 04-17-2012 12:22 AM

It's nailed in place with the nails at an angle.
It's called toe nailing.

Joe Carola 04-17-2012 07:40 AM

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Originally Posted by doobs1998
Not too sure if my lingo is proper..my problem is I'm fairly new at building and especially weak in the roof area..I'm building a camp 12x16, I have 3 of 4 walls up and my next step is rafters..I can't figure out how to screw or nail the bird mouth to the top pl ate..any suggestions would be a big help

Toenail. Seriously, if you don't know how to fasten a rafter to the top plate you need someone with experience helping you.

packer_rich 04-17-2012 07:46 AM

Have you already installed the ceiling joists? If you put up rafters without ceiling joists, the walls will bow out and the ridge will sag. The rafters get nailed to the top plate with toe nails and to the ceiling joists also.

woodworkbykirk 04-17-2012 08:59 PM

toenailing in combination with hurricane ties to strengthen the connection

Gary in WA 04-17-2012 11:10 PM

Use the first 6 Items: http://publicecodes.citation.com/ico...002_par031.htm

Last Chart at bottom and "Adjustment factor" for ceiling joist/rafter nailing: http://publicecodes.citation.com/ico...002_par023.htm

Gary

P.S. Welcome to the forums!


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