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Roger Turk writes: 
<< or if the rafter has a fish-mouth cut into it so that a 
 horizontal bearing surface is present >>

I've always referred to as "bird-mouth cut" when bottom of sloping rafter is 
cut horizontally to seat squarely on top of wall.  Is this a local vernacular 
or am I plain wrong?  I practice in Los Angeles.

Brad Smith