Rafters Aloft!

Over the last few days I’ve finished the roof rafters and the bird blocking, working solo as Brooke has been under the weather. Mounting the rafters alone is relatively easy as you can clamp the Simpson joist hangers nailed to the end of each rafter to the ridge board, line everything up, and nail them in. The rafters are 10 foot long 2 x 6’s, some of which have gotten pretty bendy and cupped as they’ve dried out. Not the easiest to work with, but using clamps as levers to bend things into place, I managed to make it work.

Rafters done. Note clamp used as a lever to squeeze in bird blocking
Rafters done. Note clamp used as a lever to squeeze in bird blocking

Filling in the space between the rafters on the top of the loft walls is bird blocking, so called for the holes (actually covered with mesh to keep out birds and critters) that ventilate the roof insulation. These were time-consuming to make and install, taking me almost as long as putting up the 14 rafters! After I took these pictures, I added some strapping to tie the rafters and bird blocking together to better resist the hurricane wind loads while traveling.

Bird blocking in place
Bird blocking in place
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