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Old 03-04-2010, 08:46 PM   #631
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This one is only number 3 1/2, and it's buddy makes all 4 done.
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Most of the wood this is built from has hardly been out of the ocean for more than a week. Not exactly cabinet grade.

Which means it isn't necessarily any too straight. I needed clamps in the corners to bring them up tight before nailing. It's that third hand that we all should have been born with!
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Next up is the ridgeboard. I picked a decent 2 by 6 for this. Originally I was only going to have a one foot overhang, which meant a 14 foot ridge.

Very seldom do we get driving rain where the woodshed is, but in the end I made the O.H. at both ends 16". It might help. I think the rafters are about a 20" O.H.
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I did manage to get a few rafters up before someone turned the lights out.
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nice clean framing.

hope the weather holds for you because we will get it two days later.
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Gotta tell you jl, if it's good, I'm keeping it here!
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Here's most of the rafters up and one fascia board.
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Sorry about that, the light is better on this one.
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This is from the back side.You will see that there is no fascia on this side yet.
At 15 feet long and wet, it's awkward putting these up by yourself. Here's a trick if you find yourself trying this alone.
Sit the fascia board flat on the top of the rafters, flush with the outside edge.
Drive some 2 1/4" nails into the top edge of the fascia board, right in the centre of where they will be nailed to the rafter tails.
Then bend the nails toward you almost 90 degrees.
You will only need 3 or 4 to hold.
Start a nail in the fascia board about 3/4" from the top of the board, exactly where it will line up with the centre of each rafter. Again, you don't need to do them all, but it makes it much easier if you do. That way you aren't hanging halfway out of the roof to nail the fascia on. I put two nails in to each location before slipping the fascia into place.
When you have the fascia about right, tap the top of each of the bent nails into the rafter, and you will find it will hold much better.
Of course if you have a helper, or if you can easily reach from the ground via a ladder, you may not have to go through this.
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With this very simple framing, you cannot install the outside end rafters until the fascia are in place. It is the end of the fascia and the ridgeboard which holds the end rafters.
Not until the roof sheathing is installed is there much strength in those end rafters. Installing the end rafters is another one of those tricky things to do by oneself.
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Once this is all put together, the inside will be divided into 6 sections. Then as the sections are filled with wood, we will take from the driest part first. The two ceiling joists will be where the dividing walls go.
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Was able to get the first of the roof sheathing on before the end of the day. I am using 1 by whatever I have on hand.
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Another interesting day at your office... I like the fascia trick... now we need to know the barge rafter secrets...
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As long as the building is small, i.e. with short rafters - let's say up to 12' or so - it isn't too bad for one person.

You need a good ridgeboard, preferably a 2 by, so it doesn't move.

Once you have cut the rafter to fit exactly - it will be the same as all the others minus the birdsmouth - you push it against the ridge, where gravity will hopefully keep it in place.

Then you lift the bottom end of the rafter into the fascia and nail it. I know that is easier said than done, and part of the secret is being able to hold the rafter and reach the outside of the fascia to do the first nail. Obviously you need to pre nail the first nail into the fascia.

Once the first nail is in, the rest is easy. Actually watching someone do it will show you volumes more than my meager explanation.
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I look forward to seeing the video...

I understand how you do it. I am a carpenter as well. Just curious what your single handed method method was.

Nailling a block on the underside of the ridge works for me. Nail the fascia end like you do and then remove the block and nail the top end.

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