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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What Is a Roof Rafter?

Roof rafters are structural components of a building's roof. Consider them the underlying framework that supports the roof decking and shingles. Any building with a roof is likely to have rafters, ... Read More »

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 »

How to Repair a House Rafter?

A house roof bears an incredible amount of weight: tons of rafter and sheathing wood (or roof decking), tar paper, flashing and heavy roofing shingles. Add a few inches of snow or ice and some roof... Read More »