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Rake Wall - Carpentry And House Framing

A rake wall is an angled wall and can be used on the inside or outside of a building. The picture below provides you with an excellent example of an exterior rake wall. Framing these masterpieces correctly, usually requires knowledge and experience.

Rake Wall Framing Secret

The secret I'm about to share with you, makes a lot of sense, but I'm the only carpenter I know, who has ever used it. The rake wall you're looking at in the picture above, was framed by me, working alone.

You've probably seen or heard about carpenters lifting these monsters that were framed on the ground, up into their proper positions. Trust me, I've been part of the crew that were required to lift some extremely large rake walls, in my past.

Now for the rake wall framing secret, you've been waiting for. Install the roof rafters before building the rake wall and then build the rake wall in place. That's it, that's the big secret and it can make all the difference in the world, especially if you ever built a rake wall that needed to be extended or lowered, just a few inches.

By building the rake wall in place, using my framing secret, you can eliminate the possibility of making an error or mistake, while figuring out the overall height of the wall, before it's built.

You can also eliminate building foundation imperfections. I've seen rake walls that were perfectly Straight, but the moment they were raised and lifted up, were found to have a 1 inch crown in them, simply because the foundation had a crown in it.

I have to admit one thing, this framing secret has impressed plenty of building inspectors, contractors and homeowners.


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