How to Use a Rafter Square?

Answer A rafter square, or rafter angle square, is a measurement tool used in carpentry. It is triangular in shape and combines elements of a protractor, ruler and carpenter's square. It is used to measur... Read More »

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How to Cut Rafter Tails?

When framing a new roof for a home or addition, the rafter tails must be cut before the roof sheathing and fascia boards can be installed. There's a time-tested procedure used by framing contractor... Read More »

How to Scab Onto a Rafter?

Rafters serve a critical function in a home. Rafters support the roof deck which is comprised of the roof sheathing, underlayment and roof covering. A rafter could become damaged from an excessive ... Read More »

Traditional Rafter Roof?

Rafters are the skeleton for a roof, the bones that support the skin, the shingles or other roof covering. They are an ancient building form, probably dating to the time men first pushed trees toge... Read More »

How Can I Make a 28-Foot Rafter?

A rafter is a 2-by-4 wooden beam that makes up the internal framework of a roof. They are also known as trusses, and run vertically from the plate along the top of the roof to the roof's peak. A r... Read More »