Witches Hat Rafter Detail

Witches hat rafter Roof Detail

Often folks want to add a bit of style to their roof line by adding another roof pitch to the equation, called a witches hat roof, it incorporates a witches hat rafter  (also called a broke back rafter) to achieve this look.

This example uses an LVL spline and some pegs to hold the two rafters together.  Then a couple of structural screws, such as ASSY Screw or GRK RSS Screw to hold the rafters to the plates. The bottom rafter is then housed into the plate 1″ so the weight of the rafter bears on it and not the top of the plate.

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2 Responses to Witches Hat Rafter Detail

  1. Todd October 23, 2017 at 12:58 pm #

    Would this be appropriate for a lean-to rafter connection?

    • Brice Cochran October 24, 2017 at 6:59 am #

      Yes, but you would not need to use the LVL, just screw the two rafters to the plate instead. The LVL, in this case, supports the roof overhang.

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