The Scrap House

Rafter? I hardly know her! | May 4, 2009

We started on the rafters today. Got the beach-found ridgeboard up. Started the rafters… but Hyatt had other matters to attend to, and the combined efforts of me and Havard had a hard time figuring out where to cut the bird’s mouth(CENTER, not edge… oy vey) But we got it started and we should be able to knock out the rest of the rafters tomorrow. I found some junction boxes too, so we’ll be able to start the wiring tomorrow.



Yes, it is a steep roof, thankyou for asking.It’s a 12/12 pitch.

It had to be that steep for two reasons. First, the steeper we have, the more room in the loft we have. The loft is recessed down a good 6 inches, so we’ll actually have about four and a half feet of height up there. Second, we got a window to put in the gable end. The window is relatively big, so we had to bring the roof up to give us room for it.


It’s a great window. Brand new. It was used as a show display model for the window company. Something to prop up on a desk to show to clients. Which is good for two reasons. First, it’s small. Second, it has a lovely leather wrapped handle for carrying it! That shall be used again indeed.

Lastly, we started collecting pallets and getting the slats off to use as siding. They’re about 5 inches wide by 3/4 deep, and 4 feet long, so they should work nicely. They take a lot longer to dissasemble than I expected though. So go the days of our lives. Peace. -Ted


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  1. I just started painting for a house builder here in west virginia, they build one or two houses at atime and do renovations. They keep all there extra paint, tile, PVC pipe, mettle roofing etc. Just in case they need a bit some where else, also I think they hate to see it go to land fill. Eventually they have run into storage problems,and cant keep it all. most of the quantities are to small to interest most people, to small for an average room, but plenty for what you are doing. Tell the forman at your local construction site what you are doing, I bet they will give you stuff.

    Comment by Elizabeth Goertz — May 5, 2009 @ 12:29 pm

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This blog is dedicated to an experiment a group of three other fellow students and I are doing at our school in Buxton, NC. My Drafting III class and I set out to see if we could build a house for free. It's small, but functional. All the materials come out of dumpsters. And most of all, it's working.







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