ridge pole

ridge pole

[′rij ‚pōl]
(building construction)
The horizontal supporting member placed along the ridge of a roof.
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/ All your rafters broken, / the ridge pole destroyed, / gone to the Unformed, the mind / has come to the end of craving.
"It was an extraordinary engineering feat - for nearly eight months, they were descending into the cistern every day, swimming through freezing water, climbing up a rope to a small platform and working to cut through 30ft of solid rock and coming out exactly where they planned on top of the ridge pole of the Carabiniere barracks.
SIDE GUY LINE PINS SHOULD RUN PARALLEL TO THE RIDGE POLE.
The copper roof and cupola structure couldn't be saved because the fire burned a section of the ridge pole, according to the deputy chief.
"We were given a ridge pole to make the base and then we just made it up from there, by adding extra branches."
It looked simple and strong, and there was no need for a ridge pole, like they had.
Both of these are big enough for quartering an elk or lopping off a ridge pole for your tent, yet they're sufficiently thin to do a good job of slicing bacon for the breakfast skillet.
In five days we finished the walls and suddenly had to face the fact the we had no idea how to erect the gable ends, which had to balance atop the walls yet be secure enough to support the two purloins and the ridge pole. Making things up as we went, we spiked in the logs, slanting the ends for the roof angle.
warfighter.dla.mil/special/basecamp/index.jsp Wooden Poles Number NSN of poles Item 8340 00- Length per tent Eave pole 188-8405 5 ft, 8 in 10 Door pole 188-8406 6 ft, 2 in 4 Vertical 227-1400 10 ft, 3 in 2 ridge pole Horizontal 188-8400 17 ft 1 ridge pole Aluminum Poles Number NSN of poles Item 8340-00- Length per tent Eave pole 759-9747 5 ft, 6 in 10 Door pole 759-9751 6 ft 4 Vertical 782-3394 10 ft 2 ridge pole Horizontal 782-3396 17 ft 1 ridge pole
I have also been able to eliminate the need for a ridge pole and angle-cut rafters, by nailing two poles under where the rafters intersect (ridge area), then place pieces which sit between the rafters and nail them to these poles.
I had a few 2"x4"s so I used them to frame the doorway and hold the ridge pole. I used a piece of plywood for each gable end but scrap 1" x 4" would do.