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    Quizzical Pursuit
    —The Architecture Puzzler

    Created by Dave Guadagni

    Solution to Last Week's Puzzler
    Architecture Puzzler #359

    Question

    What is a "jack" rafter, what is a "roof tree," and what would you call the shortest distance between two opposite common rafter seats?

    Answer

    A "jack" rafter is the rafter that spans the distance from a wall plate to a hip or from a valley to a ridge. "Roof tree" is an old term for the ridge of a roof. The shortest distance between two opposite common rafter seats is the "span" of the roof. Rafter seats are the flat cuts near to the rafter tail made so that a sloped rafter can sit neatly upon and be secured to the top wall plate.
     


     

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    Dave Guadagni, AIA, is an architect with Robertson/Sherwood/Architects

    Quizzical Pursuit is Copyright 2007, Dave Guadagni.

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