July 1, 1986
Most of the older houses where I live have asphalt shingles laid right on top of the original wooden shingles. When it's time to tear them all off in preparation…
September 1, 1985
A graphic way to lay out rafters without using tables
Stripping the old shingles off a house is a messy job by anybody's standards. The accumulated pieces of cedar or asphalt tend to rain down around the house, often damaging…
July 1, 1985
When I have to attach a rafter to a beam with a joist hanger, I find it helpful to kerf the rafter's plumb cut with a skillsaw. Then I can…
A useful technique for old-house remodelers and those who build alone
People who have worked with roofing slate know the value of a good slater's hammer for punching, breaking and trimming brittle slates. After using a traditional slater's hammer borrowed from…
May 1, 1985
I live in a small town in southern Colorado. Less than 20 miles from my house the average snowfall is a whopping 500 in., so metal roofs are very popular…
January 1, 1985
Extensive remodeling triples the space of a small Cape.
When I fabricate site-built ridge vents like those described by Doug Amsbary (FHB #21, pp. 51-52), I use a jig to make quick and accurate 2x ridge-block assemblies. Once I…
November 1, 1984
Steam-bent shingles, curved framing and wave coursing create a roof with character
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