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How to use the triangular framing square (Speed Square) to mark rafter cutouts.
CANADIAN HOME WORKSHOP Nov 2000 (v.24#2) pg. 58

Workshop geometry. Roof geometry.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Jun 1983 (v.6#9) pg. 11

Workshop geometry. Rafters.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Jul 1983 (v.6#10) pg. 11

Workshop geometry. Ornamental roofs.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Aug 1983 (v.6#11) pg. 11

Workshop geometry. How to layout the geometry for bay window roof framing.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Dec 1984 (v.8#3) pg. 53

How to fabricate a small roof over a back door stoop.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Aug 1985 (v.8#11) pg. 70

Soffit repair.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #320 Jul-Aug 1991 (v.41#7) pg. 55

Advice on amount of weight that can be stored on a garage's roof trusses.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #377 Apr 1997 (v.47#4) pg. 8

How to add a peaked roof to a flat roof building. Tips on framing and analyzing the new loads on the older structure.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #1 Feb-Mar 1981 pg. 40

Technique for marking and cutting double bevels on hip or valley rafters fashioned from conventional 2x framing lumber.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #5 Oct-Nov 1981 pg. 7

How to jack up a roof ridge and install tie rods to eliminate bowing in outer walls which has occured because of heavy roof loads.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #9 Jun-Jul 1982 pg. 6

Choosing the right roof plan. How the shape of the roof influences the spaces below.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #10 Aug-Sep 1982 pg. 26

Roof framing simplified. This direct approach involves full-size layouts and stringing rafter lines.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #10 Aug-Sep 1982 pg. 62

Putting the lid on. A primer on production cutting and raising a hip and gable roof.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #10 Aug-Sep 1982 pg. 65
Added Info FINE HOMEBUILDING #15 Jun-Jul 1983 pg. 6

Double-envelope addition. A greenhouse connector and a barrel-vaulted bedroom heated only by the sun. Includes details for building a bowstring (curved) truss.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #11 Oct-Nov 1982 pg. 66

Curved-truss house. Groined-vault design roof features trusses laminated from 1x6 and 1x4 stock covered with plywood.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #14 Apr-May 1983 pg. 27

Tip: How to made the compound angle cuts found on the jacks of a gable.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #16 Aug-Sep 1983 pg. 8

Tip: A quick way to get a tight joint with rake boards where they meet at the roof peak.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #19 Feb-Mar 1984 pg. 14

Tip: How to construct the most thermally efficient, low-cost roof system for exposed rafters.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #20 Apr-May 1984 pg. 10
Added Info FINE HOMEBUILDING #24 Dec 1984-Jan 1985 pg. 4

Roll-top house. Plywood and 2x box beams form the structural core of a superinsulated house with a curved roof and a window wall. Includes construction details of the curved-roof box beam.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #25 Feb-Mar 1985 pg. 38

Framing a conical roof, such as a turret found on a Victorian home.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #25 Feb-Mar 1985 pg. 54
Correction FINE HOMEBUILDING #26 Apr-May 1985 pg. 6
Added Info FINE HOMEBUILDING #28 Aug-Sep 1985 pg. 4

How to frame the roof of a bay.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #26 Apr-May 1985 pg. 12
Correction FINE HOMEBUILDING #27 Jun-Jul 1985 pg. 6

Roof framing revisited. A graphic way to lay out rafters without using tables.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #28 Aug-Sep 1985 pg. 31

Rebuilding a Victorian bell tower. Using construction clues in the burned-out remains of an irregular octagon.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #30 Dec 1985-Jan 1986 pg. 42
Added Info FINE HOMEBUILDING #33 Jun-Jul 1986 pg. 4

Framing with trigonometry. Getting to know your scientific calculator will make many construction problems easier. Calculations for various rafter measurements are detailed.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #36 Dec 1986-Jan 1987 pg. 62

Positioning jig for first row of plywood on a roof that will have soffits.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #37 Feb-Mar 1987 pg. 14

Curved-roof bungalow. Boatbuilders and carpenters conspire to make arched trusses and a curved roof and ceiling. Some tips.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #39 Apr-May 1987 pg. 66

Building barrel vaults (arched ceiling or roof). Two ways to ease construction with modern materials. (1) Trusses and plywood gussets. (2) Longitudinal wood I-beams.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #51 Feb-Mar 1989 pg. 79

Ranch-house add-up. Reinforcing existing 2x6 rafters to carry the load of a second-story addition to an 1950's tract house.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #55 Aug-Sep 1989 pg. 69

Framing a gable roof. Cutting and stacking the way pieceworkers do it. Keys to production roof framing.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #60 Apr-May 1990 pg. 83
Added Info FINE HOMEBUILDING #62 Aug-Sep 1990 pg. 4

Framing a cold roof, a design to prevent ice damming and roof leaks in snow country. Also includes two methods for constructing a Boston ridge vent.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #63 Oct-Nov 1990 pg. 42
Added Info FINE HOMEBUILDING #64 Dec 1990-Jan 1991 pg. 4

West coast overhang. A framing technique for soffit-covered eaves.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #63 Oct-Nov 1990 pg. 69

Advice for conventional cold-roof construction and metal-roof construction to avoid condensation problems.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #65 Feb-Mar 1991 pg. 14

Quick-release method for hoisting pre-built roof trusses into place.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #68 Jun-Jul 1991 pg. 28
Added Info FINE HOMEBUILDING #72 Feb-Mar 1992 pg. 28

Valley framing for unequally pitched roofs. An empirical method that works.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #68 Jun-Jul 1991 pg. 74

Ceiling joists for a hip roof. Three simple, problem-solving framing techniques.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #69 Aug-Sep 1991 pg. 44

All trussed up. Two roof truss structural systems that blend aesthetics and engineering. (1) Steel-and-wood trusses. (2) Fabricating box-beam trusses.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #71 Dec 1991-Jan 1992 pg. 74

Strengthening plate-to-rafter connections. Better alternatives to the time-honored toenail.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #74 Apr-May 1992 pg. 36

Framing a cross-gable roof.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #76 Aug-Sep 1992 pg. 46

Advice on raising (or doubling) roof truss collar ties or installing a structural ridge beam in order to frame a cathedral ceiling.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #77 Oct-Nov 1992 pg. 16

Rethinking the cornice return. Using standard ogee gutters to mimic this classical detail.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #77 Oct-Nov 1992 pg. 46

Simplified valley framing. Build one roof on top of the other and skip the valley rafters.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #79 Feb-Mar 1993 pg. 58

Prefabricated combination gussets and ridge blocking speed the attachment of rafters to a ridge beam and eliminate need for the typical steel-strap detail over the tops of the rafters.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #82 Jun-Jul 1993 pg. 28

All about roof trusses. Advice on truss design, manufacture, installation and bracing.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #89 Jun-Jul 1994 pg. 40
Added Info FINE HOMEBUILDING #92 Dec 1994-Jan 1995 pg. 4

Framing a pagoda-style hip roof using tapered blocks at the corners.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #90 Aug-Sep 1994 pg. 80

Aligning eaves on irregularly pitched roofs. Making soffits and fascias line up when intersecting roof pitches aren't the same.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #91 Oct-Nov 1994 pg. 70

Framing a Dutch roof. Hang a hip roof on a gable end for a dramatic roof form.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #93 Feb-Mar 1995 pg. 56

Framing a gable roof over a bay. Letting ceiling joists cantilever beyond the walls makes this challenging roof detail stronger and easier to build.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #96 Jun-Jul 1995 pg. 62

Framing a hip roof. After you've framed a gable roof, rafter templates and rafter tables are all you'll need to make a hip.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #98 Oct-Nov 1995 pg. 90

Raising roof trusses. Careful preparation and wise use of a crane can allow a good-sized roof to be framed and sheathed in one day. Part 1. Gable roofs.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #99 Dec 1995-Jan 1996 pg. 50
Correction FINE HOMEBUILDING #102 Apr-May 1996 pg. 6

Raising roof trusses. Part 2. Building hip and valley roofs with trusses.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #100 Feb-Mar 1996 pg. 76

One-man technique for hanging long fascia boards.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #104 Aug-Sep 1996 pg. 32

Troubleshooting gaps between rafters and ridge beam.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #105 Oct-Nov 1996 pg. 26

A different approach to rafter layout. Measuring along the bottom of the rafters and using a site-built jig simplify the process.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #115 Apr-May 1998 pg. 92
Added Info FINE HOMEBUILDING #117 Jun-Jul 1998 pg. 8
Added Info FINE HOMEBUILDING #118 Aug-Sep 1998 pg. 10

Variations for framing gambrel-roof intersections.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #117 Jun-Jul 1998 pg. 18
Added Info FINE HOMEBUILDING #119 Oct-Nov 1998 pg. 20

Framing cathedral ceilings. How to keep the walls from spreading during and after construction.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #118 Aug-Sep 1998 pg. 68

Sheathing a roof. A guide to efficient and strong sheathing layout, spacing, cutting, etc.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #119 Oct-Nov 1998 pg. 70

Make and use a spacer to keep roof trusses the correct distance apart as the trusses are tilted into position and braced.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #121 Feb-Mar 1999 pg. 32

V-shaped joint is recommended for splicing two boards into a longer ridge board.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #124 Jun-Jul 1999 pg. 38

How to add to your house by raising the roof.
HANDY ANDY Sep 1979 (v.3#10) pg. 19

Tip on adding plywood gussets to roof rafters so that collar ties can be removed.
HOME MECHANIX #752 Feb 1991 (v.87) pg. 82

Tip on reinforcing sagging rafters on a garage.
HOME MECHANIX #762 Feb 1992 (v.88) pg. 74

Tip on using a girder, cable and turnbuckle system to help take the sag out of a flat roof.
HOME MECHANIX #768 Sep 1992 (v.88) pg. 112
Correction HOME MECHANIX #769 Oct 1992 (v.88) pg. 81

Short course in engineering. Part 3. Roof systems.
HOMEOWNERS HOW TO Jan-Feb 1983 (v.8#1) pg. 99

New ways to build. Five construction techniques that save on costs without sacrificing strength and durability. (1) Surface-bonded masonry uses conventional concrete blocks without mortar in the joints. (2) Airtight drywall uses sealants and foam gaskets instead of polyethylene to create an airtight vapor barrier. (3) Truss framing for roof and floor trusses. (4) Permanent wood foundations. (5) Tunnel-form shell concrete.
NEW SHELTER Feb 1986 (v.7#2) pg. 34

A look at the history of Mansard roofs.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Jan 1974 (v.2#1) pg. 9

Illustrations of basic types of Early American roofs and a few of the early variations. Covered are: globe, lean-to (saltbox or catslide), gambrel, and hip roof.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Sep 1974 (v.2#9) pg. 7

Combating decay in shingle roofs. Descriptions of construction techniques that will increase ventilation.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL May 1978 (v.6#5) pg. 54

Building a circular tower roof. Part 1. Framing.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Mar 1984 (v.12#2) pg. 35

Building a circular tower roof. Part 2. Sheathing the rafters.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Apr 1984 (v.12#3) pg. 58

The finial touch. Designing and building an eight-sided finial to crown the "witch's cap" roof on a porch pavilion.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Mar-Apr 1994 (v.22#2) pg. 40

West Coast turret. How to add a circular tower to an old house.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Sep-Oct 1996 (v.24#5) pg. 48

How to tie-in the roof of an addition without cutting a hole in the existing roof.
POPULAR MECHANICS Jun 1971 (v.135#6) pg. 128

Tip: How to reinforce a new house roof to withstand higher wind forces, such as tornadoes.
POPULAR MECHANICS Aug 1980 (v.154#2) pg. 66

Carpentry basics. Rafter layout using a framing square.
POPULAR MECHANICS Feb 1989 (v.166#2) pg. 69

Build a roof hatch which allows you to get on the roof of your house through the attic.
POPULAR SCIENCE Aug 1980 (v.217#2) pg. 110

Cutting a roof truss. How to brace and box an existing roof truss so that it can be cut to install skylights, attic stairways, etc. without causing structural damage to your roof or house.
POPULAR SCIENCE Jul 1981 (v.219#1) pg. 92

Details of roof and dormer framing for a new upper room on a two-story house.
POPULAR SCIENCE Dec 1983 (v.223#6) pg. 133

A description of how a retractable (moving) roof section can be added to a home.
PRACTICAL HOMEOWNER Feb 1989 (v.4#1) pg. 32

Photos show how raising the center section of a flat-roofed house provides extra light through clerestory windows.
SUNSET Apr 1977 (v.158#4) pg. 152

Tips on repairing sagging roof rafters.
TODAY'S HOMEOWNER #814 Apr 1997 (v.93) pg. 90

How to frame a gable roof with a deep overhang on the gable ends.
TODAY'S HOMEOWNER #815 May 1997 (v.93) pg. 79

Basic roofing bevel. How to measure and frame up the common hip roof.
WOODWORKER May 1993 (v.97#5) pg. 93

Room addition. Part 5. Roof. How to frame, deck and shingle a gable roof.
WORKBENCH Mar-Apr 1978 (v.34#2) pg. 72

Insulate a cathedral ceiling by adding a second roof over the first roof. Insulation is placed between the rafters which separate the new and old roof.
WORKBENCH Sep-Oct 1979 (v.35#5) pg. 108