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Old 08-19-10, 08:55 AM
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I am without my husband on this one, and only have the help of a friend of ours. I have a 10' by 10' chain link dog kennel without a permanent roof and I wanted to build one for it. I need to build three trusses with a 2/12 pitch. If anyone could give me some pointers on how to put all this together with sketches, I would greatly appreciate it! I wanted to try and get this done this weekend because the tarp I have will not hold up anymore. Thank you!
 
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How do you envision holding up these trusses?
 
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Old 08-19-10, 09:38 AM
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I was thinking about either building a frame on the top of the kennel for the trusses to be nailed to then anchoring the whole thing to the kennel, or just using 2 by 4s to nail them together and tying them to the kennel frame. Either way, I want to use corrugated tin for the roof, just like my porch.
I was also thinking about how to make sure that when someone goes inside his pen that no one hits their head on the bottom of the center truss. I just want to build something that will hold up and shelter my dog from the usual wind rain and snow. I also had thought of building a roof that sloped one way away from my porch, kind of like a salt-box style house. Nothing fancy, but with the way my porch was built, it helps keep that side of his pen completely dry with no openings.
 

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Old 08-19-10, 11:28 AM
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2/12 is a shallow pitch. Assuming the kennel gate is at one corner of the kennel, I would go with a single pitch roof. A truss height of 20 inches on the gate side would help some with the overhead clearance. How high is the kennel?
 
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Old 08-19-10, 12:22 PM
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The kennel is 6 feet high, and the door is, in fact on the corner of the kennel itself. How should I build the single pitch roof? The clearance is not a problem, considering the height of anyone having to go in and out of the kennel is under 6 feet tall.
 
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Old 08-19-10, 03:57 PM
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Snow loads will be a problem with the low pitch. You will need more than 3 trusses(I think 6 spaced 2 ft apart). Each end of each truss will need adequate support.

Is the kennel of the chain link fabric and tubing variety?
 
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Old 08-19-10, 06:15 PM
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No. The kennel is the regular old chain link. Plain old metal (or whatever it's made of). So, would you still suggest the single pitch roof? I can handle getting the supplies for the extra trusses, but I would think I might only need 5 spaced two feet apart, considering it is a 10' by 10' kennel. I am thinking of tying it into my porch, if at all possible.
 
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Old 08-19-10, 07:52 PM
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I wanted to add something else to my previous post. Since I am thinking of building the single pitch roof, it will have a higher pitch. Am I wrong in thinking that I won't have to worry as much about the snow load?
 
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Old 08-20-10, 06:33 AM
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Please post a photo of the kennel and its related position to the house.
 
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Old 08-20-10, 05:48 PM
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I will post a photo of the kennel here in a bit in my next post.
 
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Old 08-21-10, 12:08 PM
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I'm not sure how to insert a photo because it's asking me to type in a URL.......help!
 
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Not certain I could insert an image either
see if this will help, http://forum.doityourself.com/electr...your-post.html
 
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Let's hope this works.....http://www.flickr.com/photos/upload/[/IMG]
 
 

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