How To Frame A Hip Roof | Generation Next | This Old House

7March 2020


Tommy Silva gives the apprentices a lesson in hip roof framing.

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He explains the difference between common rafters and jack rafters. Before cutting, they go through the measurements to correctly mark the rafters. Tommy uses a template to mark the seat cut of every rafter for consistency. After the seat cuts are made, Tommy shows the apprentices how to correctly nail in the rafters.

Generation Next:
This Old House’s Generation NEXT initiative shines a light on the urgent need for young people to enter the building trades and fill the skills gap in America today. “There’s a critical need for people in home construction,” says the This Old House master carpenter Norm Abram. The initiative has involved recruiting apprentices—some with no skills, some with a few years under their tool belts—to work alongside the TOH TV pros.

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