How to Keep Rafters Aligned

Featured Article, Home & Family, Household DIY Tips
on March 28, 2013
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Club member Keith Christensen of Minneapolis, Minnesota, faced a dilemma when he planned to build a screened-in porch. He needed to remove the siding from his house to accommodate the first set of rafters, but he didn’t have a helper to keep the rafters aligned. To temporarily hold the first of the rafters in place, he drove two nails into the house wall — one just below the rafter and one at the rafter end. The nails held the first rafter in place while allowing Keith to adjust its position before marking and cutting away the siding.