Rafters – Part 2

Rafters – Part 2

Well, I’ve done it again… I messed up.

I installed the remaining rafters (not the shed dormers yet), which requires intensive “measure twice, cut once” technique.

Well guess what I did? I measured, twice, sure… and I even marked the ridge beam and sole plate correctly. But I managed to install some rafters on the wrong side of the line… And of course I secured it with a slew of ring shank nails.

If you want to take a walk in my shoes, follow these steps:

1. Make something cool, preferably a Tiny House with a lot of nails that are difficult to remove
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2. Look at what you’ve achieved, feel proud and go brag about it on Facebook
3. Show it off to someone passing by
4. Have that person tell you that what you made is not square
5. Feel miserable and start taking off those ring shank nails
6. Start over
Peanut Butter Punishment
BONUS STEP. Eat a spoonful of peanut butter… Yeah, weird I know. You might think it’s delicious but I loathe peanut butter. That’s my punishment for being late on a target date.

This is the song that doesn’t end,




  1. mario
    July 5, 2014 / 11:26 am

    working on my rafters and sure enough.. had to take some down and redo them… your blog has helped me out in any things… thanks again i start my dormers tomorrow and hopefully sheathing should be done in a few days….i am very happy to get this last pat finished and start on the inside.. allot of work for one person…but been able to get this far in three weeks..

    • July 5, 2014 / 11:45 am

      That’s awesome! Glad to hear we could help someone. Keep us posted on your progress.

  2. alan
    November 14, 2013 / 4:10 pm

    I can relate ! Before i start any project (i.e. building or fixing) I tell myself that I will have to do it twice and at least 2 trips to the harware store — that way I don’t get as mad at myself when it happens.

  3. fngrpntr
    November 4, 2013 / 9:39 am

    Thanks for teaching us all these hard lessons — not only measure twice, but also check EVERYTHING twice, including placement. But Awwww . . . you don’t deserve punishment
    ! (although the p-but was probably good for you)

    • November 4, 2013 / 9:57 am

      Haha, our pleasure. And yes, as one would say: “I cut it three times and it’s still too short!”
      But I beg to differ about the PB though… But that’s just me.

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