Step by Step Techniques


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Do the two end roof rafters first. I put them on the floor, space them to the width needed and nail a cross brace to hold them apart.

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Just a better view of the end roof rafter.


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Place your end rafter up and tack it in place. Measure from the outside of your side walls to make sure the beam will be center of the building.


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Then do the same on the other end with the second end roof rafter.


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Place your ridge beam in place and put your end braces under your end roof rafters. When I do the roof rafters, I do two on each side at a time. This is to insure I do not force a bow in the ridge beam or to straighten any bow that might be in it already.


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Put the siding on your gable ends. I do this before I put the look outs in place. This way I don't have to make the cuts around the 2"x4" lookouts. Add the width of your sliding to the bottom lookout. So they will all end up the same length.


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To put them in place, I use one thin nail to hold them and free up my hands. Then I use a couple of wood or deck screws. Don't worry if at this time, your lookouts are not tight.


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Then add your trim board to the tail ends of the roof rafters. The bottom edge of your trim board will be flush with the bottom edge of your tail rafter. Place the trim board down the look outs. Let the trim boards overlap and use one as a guide to saw the other one. This will insure a perfect cut and clean look at your corners.


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All the siding is in place. The roof rafters and the look outs for this side.


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It may be hard to see, but this is just to remind you not to line up your seams on your roof. Don't allow two seams to line up. They should be at least two rafters apart. This will help strengthen the whole roof.


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I do one side completely and then the other side. No real reason, just saves me from moving the ladder a lot. OK, now this side is ready to put the roof sheeting on.


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This is a view of the overhang. If you decide to enclose it, then you should place a vent near the peak of the building. Most times I use screen wire to keep the bugs out and leave this open to help vent the building. You can also see the trim board that seals where the two sheet of sliding meet. You should caulk along the top of this board to keep water from getting to the top edge of your siding.

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Now we just repeat the process for the other half of the roof and ends of this building.






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