Ridge Piece. Roofs may be framed with or without a ridge piece. The use of a ridge piece makes the assembly or raising of a roof somewhat easier, especially a hip roof. Upon an ordinary dwelling a ridge piece is usually a 1" x 6 " board. Upon a gabled roof the length of ridge piece will be the same as that of the plate which it is to parallel, and will be laid off by placing the ridge board alongside the plate after the rafter positions have been marked upon the plate. These marks are transcribed upon the ridge board by means of the square and pencil.

Fig. 55. Determining Diagonal Thickness of Hip of Square Corner.

Fig. 55. Determining Diagonal Thickness of Hip of Square Corner..

Fig. 56. Reduction of Common Rafter for Ridge Piece.

Fig. 56. Reduction of Common Rafter for Ridge Piece..

On a hip roof, Fig. 54, the length of a ridge piece will be equal to the length of the parallel plate diminished by the length of the plate at right angles to this. This, however, is the theoretic length of ridge as measured from center to center. Enough extra stock must be left on the ridge when framing it to allow full contact of hip cheeks. This additional measurement at each end of the ridge will be equal to the diagonal thickness of the hip plus the thickness of the ridge, Fig. 54, making a total addition equal to the diagonal thickness of the hip plus the thickness of the ridge. Fig.

55 illustrates the placing of the square to determine the diagonal thickness of a hip rafter which strikes the ridge at an angle of 45 degrees.

In reckoning the length of a common rafter which is to rest against a ridge, the total length must be reduced by an amount equal to one-half the thickness of the ridge measured at right angles to the plumb cut, Fig. 56.