Just when I thought everything was on track and was going smoothly, I ran into a stone wall and nothing seemed to be right. I had put up the other end of the roof, but it was out of alignment.
If you look really closely you can see the sky between those two boards. I was able to fix that ok by removing the header board on the doorway and shortening that a little. But still things were not lining up properly and was the peak to just sit in the sky with no support. Well, I had to find a better solution to this problem.
After spending much time at Lowe’s and Home Depot I came across these flexible brackets that could be bent to whatever angle you desired. Installing them was to be the next challenge.
These brackets ideally should be placed on top of the rafters for the best performance. I am using 2×4 hangers to support the ridge board, so I was trying to work around brackets interfering with each other. My two foot plastic foot stool was not up to meeting this challenge, I needed a real step ladder, but after looking at the cost of the ladders, did not want to part with $100 – $200 just for the ladder. Well my solution was build my own staging from stuff I had on hand. I also had do deal with my fear of heights to get this done. The key was to have the staging as fixed as possible with as little wiggling as possible. The bottom section of the GH was nice and sturdy, so the steel saw horse and some planks did the trick.
So now with the brackets in place and everything secured, I am reaqdy to install the ridge board and the rest of the rafters. I believe I have overcome the most difficult part of the construction, getting the end walls up and ready for the ridge board.
Before proceeding further I want to make sure the structure is level, might be able to avoid future glitches in the structure. This is only half the structure, we are going to put another 8 foot extension on it, but first I wanted the first phase of the building to be completed.
List of Materials
2 – Concealed Stringer Hanger at $1.38 Each = $2.76
2 – 2-in x 4-in Triple Zinc Slant Nail Joist Hanger at $0.76 Each = $1.52
28 – #8×1” Sheet Metal Screws at $0.0399 Each = $1.12
Total cost of assembling top end walls = $5.40
So far total material costs are up to $177.06
Prices per Lowes. Price of 2×4’s is premium quality. Prices on these screws vary a lot, I am using galvanized exterior screws rather than the more expensive polymer coated screws, which cost about twice as much as the screws I am using. Some 2×4’s and the patio blocks were items I had on hand, so my actual costs are quite a bit lower than I am showing for buying all new materials.
-- Steve, Carmel, Maine, USA (near Bangor) (Hardiness Zone 5a)