Series: Best of Fine Homebuilding
Paperback: 160 pages
Publisher: Taunton; 2nd ed. edition (February 1, 2003)
Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 10.8 inches
Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
Best Sellers Rank: #3,044,800 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #65 in Books > Crafts, Hobbies & Home > Home Improvement & Design > How-to & Home Improvements > Roofing #1276 in Books > Crafts, Hobbies & Home > Home Improvement & Design > How-to & Home Improvements > Carpentry #2979 in Books > Crafts, Hobbies & Home > Home Improvement & Design > How-to & Home Improvements > Do-It-Yourself
Many of the chapters in this book are written by individual carpenters who "do things their own way". For instance, in the first chapter, the writer says to disregard previous techniques and use his method. In the 2nd and 3rd chapters, the writer talks about using power tools that are either outrageously expensive or not even avilable any more. Further, there is no discussion or summary of basic roof geometry and calculations. The tag phrase "for pros by pros" is quite misleading. It is merely 15 chapters of guys telling how THEY frame a roof. Anyone, even pro carpenters using this as a refresher, should start off with a tutorial on basic roof geometry, design, and construction methods. If you are looking for info on how to properly design and construct roof framing, don't waste your money on this one!
The rafter jig idea was great, but there just wasn't enough info and detail to actually build it (I thought). I must admit, I'am not a pro as this book "by pros for pros" claims, but I guess if I was a pro, then I would probably find the information in this book to be too elementary. This book is ok for learning roof basics, but it's not enough info and detail to fully learn all that's involved with building roofs.
After 45 years building I have the knowlege that is in this book.I design build. I like and need time saving short cuts.I am way too busy to take time rememering a specific problem I solved several years ago so, having this book helps me visualize the perfect sollution without wasting time remembering and reinventing.It is well laid out.
While no one article completely covered their special topic on roof framing the whole group did a pretty good job of it. Some really good pictures to go with the text and lots of good hints to help the learning builder.
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