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Old 05-23-2013, 10:55 PM   #1
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2x4 Rafter Question

Hi Guys -

Thought I better check with pros on this.

I have a small project going. I have a fenced in area, 6'x12'. I want to add a roof to make it a "shed" for bikes, wheelbarrow, latters, etc. Live in Dallas so no snow load issues.

Right now the long ends of the fence have three 2 3/8" metal posts set in 10" dia. holes 2 feet deep of concrete. The left-side posts are 6' tall and right-side posts are 7' tall, so slope will be 2/12 across the 6' width.

The top boards on each side are 2x6 cedar and set with their tops just above the posts (so no problem with plywood shething laying flush on the rafters. What I want to do is add 2x4s rafters along those side 2x6s, add 1/2" plywood roof deck, 15# felt (1 or 2 layers ?) and matching shingles with house roof.

So, sound good so far ? If so (hope so), how do I attach the 2x4 rafters to those 2x6s ? They will be attached to the face of the 2x6s, not on top. It is a slant roof (shed roof) and there will be no overhang on that low side (6' tall left side). Oh, the right side is the brick wall of house.

Thx so much.


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Old 05-24-2013, 07:42 AM   #2
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Post a picture, so much easyer for everyone to picture it in there minds.
Sounds under built to me.
Why no over hang? The over hangs will help the fachias last longer, keep the drip line out away from the footings.


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Old 05-24-2013, 10:12 AM   #3
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Thank you !

I posted a picture over in the "Photos" tab.

So you can see, there will be another 2x6 attached to the 3 right side posts on top (framing to be completed this weekend). And thus my question as to how to attach the 2x4 rafters along the "ridge" board and the 2x6 on the left side.

The only "overhang" there will be is the roof itself overhanging the left side (and front and back 1/2 gables) by an inch or so. That ground material you see is crushed granite sloped a bit towards the left side fence; water/drainage not really an issue footings or otherwise.

I was thinking more about this last night and maybe the way to go is to go ahead and rest (attach with Simpson strong ties) the rafters on top of the "ridge" board and attach to face of left-side 2x6 (what hangers to use ?). I can simply make sure the right-side 2x6 is set 3 1/2" lower than originally planned to compensate for the additional height of the 2x4 rafters resting (attached) on top of it.

Thoughts ? Thx so much !
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