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First of all, thank you, Hamlet Dubois. From hot and sunny to cold and heavy with snow, Afghanistan takes you from one extreme to the other. When this man in uniform wanted to make an existing deck useful year round, it was time to take down the shade structure and put up a roof. He posts his progress, and seeks a little advice from the Forum.

Original Post: Roof over Freestanding Deck Project

Hamlet Dubois Member

Hello Ladies and Gentleman, I just thought it would be nice to share this project I had to do while on my deployment to Afghanistan. This is the deck with some framing members louvered to provide some shade against this blazing sun. So what I'm doing is rebuilding the framing so it can support an actual roof. The main post that you see are 6x6s joined together with a mix of 2x6s and 2x8s.

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Highlights from the Thread

Hamlet Dubois Member

Yesterday I started removing the framing members with a sledgehammer, catpaws and hammer, as well as a crowbar.

Hot Topics, A GI DIY deck roof, In Afghanistan

As you can see on the bottom picture I cut the three post in the back I will be studding this wall as well as the one on the left. Also needed the extra 6x6s that were cut to be used as my header between the main openings of the deck. I cut the 6x6 with a circular saw cutting on each side then using a handsaw to cut the final notch that the circular saw didn't catch.

Hot Topics, A GI DIY deck roof, In Afghanistan

Wirepuller38 Member

I would have used the existing roof framing and added purlins to support the roofing material. Just my 2 cents. Thank you for your service.

Hamlet Dubois Member

Wirepuller38 - Thanks for posting I really appreciate your thoughts and opinions. So, I really thought about what you said before I started the project, but the only problem was that the existing framing was very weak and unstable. The guy who built it a year ago didn't do too good of a job in some areas. Also most of the 2x6s were cracked down the center. I could have just sister joist them, but the roofing material I got for this project comes in 2ft by 10ft sheet metal that's corrugated, and each sheet is has a decent weight to it. So I figured with a snow load and that metal roofing on it, it could possibly collapse under load. Didn't want to take that chance, especially with all of the other soldiers that use this. And you’re welcome. I got about 3 months left over here. Also please check in from time to time. Thanks for the insight

Hamlet Dubois Member

Hey, so today we started painting the post beams red, and also started installing the brackets and hardware we made using ¼-inch-thick angle iron with threaded rods.

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These Mounts will support a 6x6 on top of them. Two of the 6x6 post were warped in opposite directions but I think I will notch one of them so the beams sitting on top are at a 90* angle and not curving. More Pics tomorrow. I should be able to get all the beams mounted and secured.

Hot Topics, A GI DIY deck roof, In Afghanistan

Hamlet Dubois Member

Hello again. So today I finally finished drilling the holes for the mounting hardware and plates that go on the 6x6s. Made me wish I had a long enough drill bit to go through the beam in one shot. Instead of having to drill two times top and bottom, making sure the measurement traveled perfectly so the holes can line up. That took a lot of time and patience.

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Got all the 6x6 headers in place and bolted down. Just about the end of the day I started marking out the bottom and top plate for one of the walls. Should be able to frame and lift both walls tomorrow.

Hot Topics, A GI DIY deck roof, In Afghanistan

Hamlet Dubois Member

So far, got the first corner wall framed and sheathed. Started working on the next wall. I’m going to get some square plates and hardware to brace the 6x6s with the stud-ed wall to make a one solid structure. Hopefully can finish the rest of the wall today and plumb and level them

Hamlet Dubois Member

Another day down, got one wall up, and almost have the second wall ready to lift. I left some plywood overhanging to accommodate 4/12 roof trusses.

Hot Topics, A GI DIY deck roof, In Afghanistan

Hamlet Dubois Member

Been very busy but back on the Project, Got all the walls plumbed and level and secure today.

Hot Topics, A GI DIY deck roof, In Afghanistan

I also used square tabs of metal with hardware to brace the 6x6 with the studed walls.That should be strong enough to keep the winds from the helicopters at bay.

Hot Topics, A GI DIY deck roof, In Afghanistan

I plumbed most my walls using the spring board method.

Hamlet Dubois Member

Tomorrow I’m going to be making the roof trusses which would be similar to a shed roof (mono pitch roof) with a 4/12 Pitch. Can I get any advice on this? Does this look right? Do I have the right idea? Below is a design, not exact measurements, of how I’m going to be designing them.

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I have to make a total of 23 and will be using plywood as gussets to connect the 2x6s to each other.

Wirepuller38 Member

Your dimensions do not look right for a 4/12 pitch. What is the overall length of the bottom chord? (Your diagram suggests 14 ft. If so, then the vertical chord on the right would be 56 inches.)

Hamlet Dubois Member

Okay. So today, I started laying out a truss template. Once I was done with it, I took out one piece and made my cuts based of those measurements. The truss template was nailed down to the plywood on the deck, as well as all the 2x6s locations were marked. I have to make 23 of these trusses.

Hot Topics, A GI DIY deck roof, In Afghanistan

I found that taking one piece out and cutting the lumber to that dimensions 23 times is much faster than making individual trusses. It’s even faster when you have another person. One to measure and mark, and the other just cuts. After cutting the pieces, I made sure each piece fit by sliding it into the spot where it belonged.

Hot Topics, A GI DIY deck roof, In Afghanistan

Hamlet Dubois Member

I got the correct measurements, and this is what I designed today. What do ya think? I still think it’s a 4/12 pitch. I measured the angle at the bottom and it turns out to be 18.43. Any suggestions?

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