Summary: This is a guide to framing any gable, Dutch, Tudor, California, gambrel, shed, or gazebo roof -- including irregular roofs that can stump even experienced roof cutters. This book takes you through every measurement and every cut on each type of roof so you can understand exactly what's required. The author explains how to use an inexpensive hand-held calculator to figure any common, hip, valley, or jack rafter length in seconds -- including rafters on irregular roofs and rafter pitches or lengths that aren't in any rafter table.
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This book is so much more than learning to cut rafters. The marriage between mathematics and application that Mr. Gross teaches has solved many problems and opened many doors for me far beyond roof framing. Don't make the mistake of buying a book of tables with all of the answers. Understand the problem and find the answers yourself. I first read (and practiced) this book in 1986 and since then, I have given several copies out to my employees as required reading. It's a must read (and understand) for anyone ready for a career boost in the hands on world of problem solving. I have moved on from roof framing for over 12 years now but draw on my skills learned from Mr. Gross on a regular basis and always to the amazement of my peers. Even those peers whom took college level math courses. Highly recommended!
best book in the world.......unless you came to this page by accident, well even then id still say..buy this book! (this book can never go out of print while human beings walk this earth)