Rafter Bearing and Anchorage … So, of course, the rafters need to `bear’ on (be supported by) something. For Linda’s Goat Barn the rafters will rest on `headers’. The design of the barn, remember, is `pole barn’, e.g., rafters supported …

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As an engineer I tend to design structures from the top down. First the roof loads, which determine rafters, or trusses, or whatever roof framing members. Then the beams/headers/girders supporting the rafters, then the columns or walls supporting the headers, …

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