How to Build a Shed – How To Build Roof Trusses – Video 4 of 15

How to Build a Shed – How To Build Roof Trusses – Video 4 of 15

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  1. thanks for all the information

  2. Why are the bottom gussets sraight as opposed to triangular?

  3. This is the difference in a craftsman and  90% percent of the people who think their  craftsman… great job Henry !

  4. Thank you! Very informative. I hope to use this in the future!

  5. Obviously different sized sheds would require different amounts of trusses; but how do you determine just how many to use?
    Are they required to be specific lengths down the shed till all the space is used, or just a number chosen and spaced out accordingly?

  6. You mentioned the bottom chord being the length of the shed base in front + 1/4 inch. Since most lumber is sold at a max (that ive seen) of 12 ft long, what would you do if the length was greater the 12ft? Or if the length was exactly 12ft. You cant rly get 12.25 pieces.

  7. First of all, your videos are the BEST on YouTube for building a shed the right way!!  Henry is a professional and he also explains each and every step that anyone can understand and do. Of course, having the right tools certainly helps as well. I have a question; I'm getting ready to build a 12' x 16' shed (this is the largest shed I've built to date) and using your method of truss building, can I get away with 2 x 4's for trusses with 16" OC or should I go with 2 x 6's with 24" OC. Where I live, you don't need a building permit for a shed under 200sf but I want to make sure the truss system is strong enough. With engineered trusses, they would be made with 2 x 4's and cost me 4x's more then if I built them.  I would use gussets on both sides of each truss except the gable ends. Can I get away with your system without adding more triangles?  What are your thoughts…Thanks!

  8. How would these change if you were considering adding gutters to the shed?

  9. if you were going to put studs in there straight from the rafter down to the bottom chord would you just screw them in from the top and bottom (out side of 2×4)? (plus glue)

  10. How do I measure the Rafter Gusset before I build the rafters? You said you would cut yours at 36", but I do not understand how you measured that. Could someone please explain? Thank you in advance. 

  11. hey there out of curiosity my hardware store sells trusses already made for a 8×10 shed for 15$. would that fit on this shed?

  12. Hello Henry, I love the videos you put together. thanks,
    I am putting together a shed but the dimensions are a bit different from yours. I am putting together a 17×8 (space available). I am interested in the truss design you have here, since my shed is 8' wide as well I was wondering do you think the truss assembly will work for me?
    Another question I have is load weight? My wife want to add fly tiles to the roof and not shingle, I believe shingles are 6 psf and the tiles were rated at 9 psf. My adjustment for this extra 3 psf is to have 16 in centres instead of 24. Is this a reasonable adjustment or am I just adding more weight to the roof for nothing?

  13. Great video's Henry. Can you tell me how long it took to complete your shed start to finish. I'm worried about how much good weather we still have. Don't want to start something I can't complete.

  14. Hi Henry, great videos and instructions! My question is how did you come up with the top center part of the rafter? You showed how to get the bottom center of 43 1/2 I believe, but not the top part where it connects at the 30° mark…

  15. Can I use the plans to build a 8 x 18 shed? Can I canopy one gable end to extend the shed from 18 to 24 feet? Code requires I be on a concrete slab-do I still build the floor?

  16. Thank you for posting this, I am contemplating building a 12'x16' shed and the only thing I am not at all confident about is the roof trusses. Would your same 60 degree formula work on that? You made something that is complicated not look as scary.

  17. If my shed is 10' wide, do I also use 10' rafters on the trusses? Also do I keep the exact same angles? Thanks in advance for your help!

  18. Thank you so much for commenting and your suggestions! I will do as recommended.

  19. I had a question on the trusses.  Some people will leave out the bottom chord and just use rafters, using a birds mouth and seat method to tie them to the frame.  What are your thoughts on that?  I live up north, so snow is an issue, but looking at the pre-fab trusses at the store they also exclude the bottom chord.  Appreciate any direction on this.

  20. Would these types of trusses work on a home that is 30' wide?

  21. Give this guy a medal. These tutorials are solid.

  22. I've watched a lot of building video's. These are by far the best I've come across!! Very detailed! I have rudimentary skill in building yet I can follow along with your video's and have confidence that I'm getting everything right. Thanks so much for taking the time to make these and share with the rest of us!

  23. what slope did you use?

  24. Excellent Videos!  Thank you for taking the time to do these.  I have a question. Will your 30/60 degree angle work on any size shed or just the size in the video?  I am building a 14X24 shed with a 4 ft porch so there will be a wall at the 10 ft mark under the span.

  25. is there a rule to how many trusses you need per floor dimention? floor joist you taught me are 16" on center how about trusses?

  26. Your video was really helpful

  27. Hi, I'm trying to figure the math here. You said you cut the rafter at a 30 degree angle but the other angle is 60 degrees. I'm using my speed square but I'm coming up with 52 degrees for the bottom cord.


  29. Your videos are excellent. I have a question I hope you v
    can answer. What is the easiest way to make a jig for roof trusses if you have a concrete slab with j bolts for bottom plate ? Thank you.

  30. I learned a lot from your videos, thank you.

  31. Damn…. thanks for your professional blessing for me. May God bless you.

  32. Good stuff this guy. The best advice I got, for a small shed, was using angles instead of pitch. Later trim and finish work will be same angle, no recalculating. For a 7/12 pitch the degree is 30.26°. I like an even 30° better.

  33. Great set of videos and a real pleasure to see a tradesman that takes such care and pride in his work, instead of the culture of short cuts we have today. Thanks for the excellent advice

  34. Thank you. You are a highly skilled teacher!

  35. I know nothing about carpentry but 3 years ago I built my beautiful shed using country life projects plan. My shed is rock solid and better than the units they sell @ Home depot.

  36. Thank you for making this video. Building is very easy…joists, framing… Then there's the roof. This makes it so easy to figure it out. I like the idea of using simple angles instead of basing it all on pitch. Fantastic work!! Thank you again!

  37. I like this method better than any other,lol, yes the math calculations confuse me,man am glad i found this & i've build a 16' x 20' using this same method & it is awesome!

  38. What is the pitch for this roof (rafters) ?

  39. NICE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  40. Two things:At 9:00 mins into the tutorial, a message pops up and says they have an updated layout for cutting the chord gussets. I can only assume it tells you this: You can "nest" the angular cuts and butt the straight cuts. Saves time and material.Second.The truss fixture:"Stops" should always be on the same side. (bottom/bottom, top/top, left/left, right/right).This will make removing the finished part from the fixture much easier.That said, with the bottom chord "stops" being attached to the front face of the floor joist, the rafter "stops" should be on the inside of the rafters (or inside the triangle).Its a minor detail, but again will make removal of the completed trusses from the fixture much easier.Very great videos so far!

  41. Nice job except once you break through the skin of the plywood you lose strength.

  42. I used osb instead of plywood? Good or bad?

  43. Osb for my gusets?

  44. And thanks for the great video by the way

  45. That was a great how too. Straight to the point no waffling.

  46. i like that power driver but not how much it countersunk the screws on the gussets as it basically ate a good chunk of the thickness … I mean, a little less would keep things stronger.

  47. Say you wanted vertical fascia e.g. to install a gutter underneath it. Would it then make more sense to have the bottom chord protrude out the full width so the fascia attach to the ends of that bottom chord and the rafter sit on top of the bottom chord? So you'd have no angled cuts on the bottom chord and you'd have an angled cut on each end of the rafters. Would that make the trusses any weaker? (I can't help thinking it would actually be stronger as the meeting of the rafter and bottom chord would no longer be i the plane of possible movement if it did slip but maybe that's an illusion)

  48. Only thing I'd do differently, is to use a preset drywall screw counter sink so as not over countersink screws and lose strength…..

  49. this is the easiest tutorial I have ever seen for trusses!! love it.

  50. Thank you for the video

  51. Would you be able to use wood glue to fix the gussets? I've seen a few tutorials on this, and I've only seen liquid nails being used…. Great job by the way. :). This is going to be my method on my new workshop. 🙂

  52. MAN! Step by step and easy to understand. Instead of just ASSUMING we all know a certain step, each one is explained. How to do it and why! OUTSTANDING! One thing though. Its a PROJECT (pronounced PRAW ject) not PROE ject! LOL. Just a little humor.

  53. With a 7/12 pitch there would be plenty of room for a loft. How would a loft be incorporated if there is a bottom chord spanning the width of the shed? Could your shed and shed plans be flexible to design without the use of a bottom chord?

  54. I like to lay out 1 truss on the floor like you have done. But once that is done, I build all the others on top of the first truss laid out on sawhorses. That way, I am not crawling around on my hands and knees. I also use galvanized nails- they are cheaper and do not split the wood as much as screws.

  55. I watched the video and read all the comments. I agree with all the positive comments and appreciate your answers to questions. Thank you for a great video that is done very well, clear and no wasting of time. I’m about to build a shed so your videos are a great help. Thank you.

  56. Great job!. Thanks a lot.

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