Coop Roof Help!

nmr

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My husband and I have started building our 4x8 coop (attached to an 8x12 hardware cloth enclosed run). Now we're ready for the roof, which we planned to do gable style. Problem is, none of the measurements with the speed square are working out and we're not sure how to build the roof. Any suggestions for a fool-proof way to get this roof done? We wanted gable style so that it would be tall enough for me to stand in (I'm 5'). I'm thinking maybe using brackets is the way to go, but I have no idea what kind of brackets we need (I did suggest buying one of those EZ Shed kits and just using the hardware for the roof, saving the rest for if we ever decide to build another coop or a small shed).

Ideas?

thanks!
 

nmr

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It's very much a work in progress
 

nmr

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We were going to do a gable roof so that I can stand up in it, but my husband can't get the cuts right (he's been watching a lot of YouTube videos on how to do the measurements etc) but the cuts keep coming out uneven.

We live in MA and figured gable would be a good way to go for dealing with snow, we also plan to put a gable roof with polycarbonate panels over the run. So even if we went with a flat roof, we'd still need to figure out something for the run.

I've been looking for alternatives for the roof and fell in love with the gypsy style caravans, but I'm figuring that would be way too complicated (and expensive at this point).
 

DobieLover

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When I put the gable roof on my mudroom addition I had the luxury of setting a ledge board against the house to support one end of the ridge beam then had a helper hold up the other end level will I positioned and screwed a board to the side of the top plate to support the beam.
It's hard to explain how to template the rafter to sit flush with the beam and and birds mouth notch it to sit flush over the top plate.
If hubby can't figure out the cuts after watching YouTube videos I don't think I'm going to be able to explain it. I could show you but with you not being in town that's out of the question!
Even with a gable roof I don't think you're going to be able to stand up in that coop with four foot high walls.
I would rebuild the front wall to six feet tall and then just use a lean-to style roof. It's a lot easier to construct.
 
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bowhnter96

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Set your ridge beam dead center and hold your trusses up to find your angle. Hard to explain. Rise/run is your pitch. Figure your pitch and then use speed square for the rest. Sorry, hope this helps.
 

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