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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Designing a roof rafter … (bending stress) … Linda wants a barn-shelter for her goats. Okay – I’ll do it. `Twelve by twenty-four.’ `Let’s go walk the site. It’s got some slope. I’ll make a stepped-barn, each section will be …

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Miles asked me to design a truss for his shop.  I grabbed my clipboard.  Wood? Yes.  Rough sawn?  Yes.  Rise/Run?  4/12.  Width?  21 feet.  (Hmmm … I am sketching as we go along.)  Oh, 20.  You mean 20 to center? …

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