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(building construction)
A roof-supporting member immediately beneath the roofing material.


One of a series of inclined members that support the sheathing to which a roof covering is fixed.

hip rafter

A rafter located at the junction of the sloping sides of a hip roof.

jack rafter

Any rafter shorter than the full length of the sloping roof, such as one beginning or ending at a hip or valley.

valley rafter

In a roof framing system, the rafter in the line of the valley; connects the ridge to the wall plate along the meeting line of two inclined sides of a roof that are perpendicular to each other.


One of a series of inclined structural members from the ridge of the roof down to the eaves, providing support for the covering of a roof. For special types of rafters, see beveled rafter, binding rafter, common rafter, compass rafter, compound rafter, fly rafter, hip rafter, jack rafter, knee rafter, notched rafter, principal rafter, valley rafter.
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ARMED police last night arrested a man at a supermarket after a suspected shoplifter had gone up to the store's rafters.
NOW that peace reigns between feuding anglers, rafters and canoeists on the Upper Tay, those who fish the prime middle and lower beats are hoping the goodwill will spread.
Rafters can float and fishermen can wade in rivers that flow through private land so long as they enter from public property.
SPRINGFIELD - The Lane County Sheriff's marine patrol and search and rescue, along with McKenzie Fire boats, plucked seven rafters from an island in the McKenzie River after their two rafts became entangled in a snag below Bellinger Landing Wednesday evening.
I had a habit of storing old rugs and burlap sacks by hanging them over the rafters in my small barn and carport.
golden girls Rafters Coffee Shop manageress Glenys Wood (right) with staff (from left) Sharon Storrie, Margaret Pedley and Susan Higgins A CAFE has won an award for its selection of healthy foods.
The novice rafters dip their paddles in the water and tug furiously twice.
An alternative that provides a more stable and attractive connection is to remove the soffit, or flat panel that covers the underside of the eave, and use gusset plates to bolt the roof framing directly to the building rafters (Figure 31-2).
Churchgoers are being asked to dig even deeper after initial work revealed the condition of rafters was much worse than expected.
KEVIN MAY, a 7lb claimer attached to Barry Hills's stable, was seen to good effect as he got Rafters Music up close home to beat Geronimo by a neck in the six-furlong handicap.