Why are they called “crickets?”
I had some prints for a house already built, so as an exercise to learn some new techniques with my 3D software, I did an as-built model.
The thing is a fustercluck of angles, corners, and turns, with a whole lot of wasted space inside, and I wanted to see if I could scale it down a little and improve things. First, though, you gotta do the original.
Mostly, I wanted to practice my roof building methods using the 3D software, because I knew the roofs had some problems as originally drawn, and as built.
Because of some design inanities on both two sides of its plan, some workouts were necessary, and it was fun to solve things.
A cricket was needed to solve the typical situation where the raindrops, headed downhill, suddenly find an impasse. The cricket is drawn pink in the pics, and was fun to work out. Everything is a 6:12, but that pink thing is a 3-9/16:12.
Why are roof features like this called “crickets?”
“A stripe is just as real as a dadgummed flower.”
Gene Davis 1920-1985
From the Old English "crycut", which is from the Old Norse "crae cat", meaning a stack of lutefisk drying on the roof.
"Why are roof features like this called "crickets?"
Because the salamander is heating the drywall mud.
Spheramid Enterprises Architectural Woodworks
Repairs, Remodeling, Restorations
"If Brains was lard, you couldn't grease much of a pan"
And the grasshopper is mowing the yard.
"Because the salamander is heating the drywall mud."And the cat is paving the new driveway entrance.
"The term probably originated with the games of cricket or croquet, which were first played back in the time of Henry VIII. A roof cricket is shaped like the arch—or peaked-shaped wicket—used in both of these games."
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All thoe previous answers are bogus. It is called a cricket because the roof angle formed looks exactly like the angle of a cricket knee to thigh joint in side profile, at rest.
and it's called getting a "crick" in yer neck ...
'cause you get a sore neck from looking up at said cricket.
Jeff Buck Construction
Artistry In Carpentry
All those previous answers were bogus.. when you walk on it due to the nature of the slope your pant legs are forced together making an interesting/annoying noise.
Darn Good Question!!
Why are roof features like this called "crickets?"
I gotta have my turn - Due to the slope differentiation between the angles of pitch from the adjacent roofing, the surface is heated by the sun in differing degrees. As night comes and the temps fall along with the condensation created by the solar differentiation, the wood sheathing moves against the nails at a rather unique rate of speed creating noise caused by friction. This can be useful in determining the actual temperature by use of the following formula......
The frequency of chirping varies according to temperature. To get a rough estimate of the temperature in degrees fahrenheit, count the number of chirps in 15 seconds and then add 37. The number you get will be an approximation of the outside temperature.
Pedro the Mule - I always know the temp in the barn
What a load of nonsense people on here make up. The term is a modern variant of the medieval term "Croque-head" coined after an attempt by an ex-patriot Frenchman sympathetic to his country's cause to overturn a London chimney pot onto King Henry the fifth who was passing by on horseback.
because 'cockroaches' is disturbing
Because they were originally used only near the chimney and were thought to be part of the chimney, and someone accicentally called it jimney, and someone else called it a jimney cricket, then some smart fellow came along and distinguished the difference between the jimney and the cricket. All those other answers are bogus, this is the only one that has any truth to it. And I'm not making it up. I read it somewhere so it has to be true.
btw, the insect of the same name got it's name because it's back legs resemble a cricket when at rest.
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Edited 5/4/2009 10:35 pm by Ted W.
1 /ˈkrɪkɪt/ Show Spelled Pronunciation [krik-it] Show IPA
1. any of several jumping, orthopterous insects of the family Gryllidae, characterized by long antennae and stridulating organs on the forewings of the male, as one of the species commonly found in pastures and meadows (field cricket) or on trees and shrubs (tree cricket).
2. a small metal toy with a flat metal spring that snaps back and forth with a clicking, cricketlike noise when pressed.
1275–1325; ME criket insect < OF criquet, equiv. to criqu(er) to creak (imit.) + -et -et
4 /ˈkrɪkɪt/ Show Spelled Pronunciation [krik-it] Show IPA
(on a sloping roof) a small roof for diverting rain water around an obstruction, as a chimney.
of uncert. orig.
Were roof crickets originally made of sheet metal (or are they still)? If so, perhaps it's akin to the toy with the clacking metal spring in it. Dictionary.com and the Random House Disctionary don't seem to have an opinion, though.