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Re: Residential construction-hip beams

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The ridge beam takes no load from the rafters, the vertical component of
the load on each rafter is resisted axially by the ajoining rafter on
the other side ridge. In fact the ridge can be completely removed . It
only serves to establish the line of the top of the roof. A hip on the
other hand feels a component of the rafter vertical load as it is
inclined at an angle to the  rafters.

Mark Francois -Engineer



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