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Who do I hire to install a dormer in a roof?

Call a contractor who does carpentry. Regardless of whether you'll need a licensed designer (an engineer or some architects), a contractor can let you know the costs involved. You don't want to invest ...
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How to fix a funky roof transition

If it's not leaking, leave it alone! You could cut those short rafter tails in the 2nd pic (the ones that penetrate the other roof), but then you're cutting that roof's support and it will end up ...
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Technique for strapping a cathedral ceiling

I'll assume that the rafters are all sagging from creep, where you need to find the lowest spot relative to a sloped plane and then make the ceiling's plane go through that point. Install a level ...
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Can I raise my ceiling in my shed?

Could you remove the bottom chords? Probably yes. Would it be easier than rebuilding the whole roof? No. The rafters translate downward pressure on the roof into outward pressure on the walls. The ...
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Can I raise my ceiling in my shed?

The bottom chords of your roof is what is holding the rafters (the long beans under your roof decking) from flattening. Also, there isn't a lot of "other structure" to keep the roof stable, ...
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Can I raise my ceiling in my shed?

An LVL ridge beam is another option. The peak where the rafters meet is basically a hinge, so the horizontal pieces act as tension rods to prevent the walls from moving outward. The ridge beam would ...
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Can I raise my ceiling in my shed?

First, you need to get your terms straight. The rafters are those diagonal pieces to which the roof is attached. You can't remove those, obviously. What you seem to want to remove/raise are the the ...
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Can I raise my ceiling in my shed?

I suspect your best bet (short of completely rebuilding the roof structure) would be to raise the whole thing (as a unit) and extend the walls upward to meet it. That sort of project is usually best ...
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Can I raise my ceiling in my shed?

Now that we have a pic of the roof system, I'd say that the answer to this question is "No". Well, that's a qualified "No". If you were to completely tear the roof off and rebuild ...
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How far should shingles hang over the drip edge of the roof?

I just had my roof done and they hung them over about 1.5 inches and the installer said they trained us to extend them to reduce ice getting under them in Snow and ice areas In the Northeast
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How can I keep water from saturating the bottom row of siding over a metal roof?

Assuming that the flashing has a vertical leg tucked behind the siding, tip your circular saw on its side and use the flashing as a guide. Take a couple minutes to experiment with deeper and deeper ...
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Could a new roof type exacerbate basement floor cracking?

A metal roof shedding snow unlike an alternative roof type could cascade into slab cracking in a basement. Poorly installed gutters is also plausible. Any water source. Expansive soil grows when it ...
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Could a new roof type exacerbate basement floor cracking?

All basement slabs crack. It's just a matter of where and whether adequate control joints were installed to prevent random cracking. You shouldn't really see seasonal movement, though. Yes, additional ...
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How can I keep water from saturating the bottom row of siding over a metal roof?

Siding should always be kept well above horizontal surfaces for exactly this reason. The manufacturer will specifically call this out in their literature. I'm not sure what I'd do now, given the blind ...
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