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  • Paperback: 475 pages
  • Publisher: Craftsman Book Co; First edition (April 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 091046040X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0910460408
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,983 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 21, 1999
Format: Paperback
I REFER TO THIS BOOK BEFORE EVERY MAJOR ROOF FRAMING JOB. I AM ABLE TO CUT ALL THE RAFTERS WITHOUT LEAVING THE GROUND. TEACHERS OF GEOMETRY AND TRIGONOMETRY SHOULD READ THIS BOOK IN ORDER TO GIVE THEIR STUDENTS A PRACTICAL MODEL TO UNDERSTANDING THEOREMS AND EQUATIONS. THANKS MARSHALL, YOU HAVE SAVED ME ALOT OF TIME AND MONEY.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Bernadette M. Weldon on May 16, 2002
Format: Paperback
...I have always been fond of the REAL carpenters that could cut roofs that would make you want to cry. It is also my personal belief that the roof makes the house. What I mean is, if you stand back and look at any house with a piece of paper covering the roof all you see is just a big box with windows and doors ! But, add a really nice roof and plain Jane becomes a castle ! I taught myself and I have used this book to teach several kids and adults that I have met through Habitat for Humanity. The best part is the Mr. Gross, he tells you first thing he wanted to be a good teacher and he has gone far beyond that ! First he takes you right into a project and you can easily teach anyone how to cut roofs (and teach yourself)by going along. I love the way he has the knack of explaining complicated math. He has done more for my ability to understand complex math than any of the college professors I have taken math classes from...I wish that one day I could met Mr. Gross, such a craftsman and such a good teacher...Good luck and remember, Jesus was a carpenter !!!!!
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 8, 1999
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I have framed a lot of roofs in my 20 years as a framer. However, I always felt as if I was missing something. I knew there had to be a book that explained how to cut and fit a basic roof, with hips and valleys, mathmatically. After seventeen years of searching I found it. Much to my suprise, the book explained how to cut even the most complicated roofs, (regular or irregular). The last $750,000 house I framed was for a retired framer who now only trims the houses he build. He said he has never seen a complex roof, as straight, the cuts as good, nor one done as fast as this house. Since I have had this book I have been able to command my price, and have earned one of the best reputations in Central Kentucky. It will take the average person years to learn all the information in this book, however, after a few days of reading, one will learn more about roofs than he could imagine. I have used this book so much I have worn it out. Because I could not imagine framing with out this book, I am going order four copies today!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Nick Ridge (sarahridge@alink.net) on May 12, 1998
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You are a better man than I if you can grasp this book lying in bed casually reading it as you would a novel. I have been studing it for two years and see it as the equivalent to an apprenticeship cutting roofs. It has expanded my knowledge base as a carpenter in other areas besides framing. The uncommited need not apply.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By D. Kasakitis on January 17, 2006
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I'm 125+ pages into the this book ... I agree Mr. Gross certainly knows his stuff, however this is one of the most difficult books I've ever read on ANY subject. On the plus side there are nice illustrations. Generally speaking the material roughly builds progressively.

On the negative side? I've spent hours on a single page. The problem? The book was not properly edited. Period. There are many places where terms are used but not defined. Other places terms are defined but not ILLUSTRATED. Many of the illustrations don't point out important concepts. Some references in chapter 3 says skim over chapter 4, hardly the thing I like doing (reading out of sequence). There is hardly ANY repetition in the book and to me, repetition is a reader's best friend. Readers need to be re-assured and reminded. It's not a bad thing.

I'm extremely type A, so when things aren't defined when used or are out of sequence, it causes me a problem. Yes, eventualy when you read, and re-read, and re-read and press onward, eventually yes, you get to 'see' what the author intended. I just think it shouldn't have been that tortuous.

I too found that the text on backing angle is apparently not correct. I think this book could be great if only it was formatted better and edited. I'm hoping to eventually plow through the entire book but honestly it's a ton of work. I've read through other construction books in a fraction of the time.

Part Deux...

I'm finally through the book, all 400+ pages. My initial assessment of this book still stands. The author is clearly a master roof cutter. He knows roof cutting inside and out. Some information presented is almost an epiphany.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Michael Callahan on February 23, 2004
Format: Paperback
This book needs to be studied more than just read. Each chapter builds on the previous and will enable you to cut complicated roofs accurately. For the math challenged it is a good book because it walks you through the calculator steps. Forget the math illiterate oriented construction calculators costing way too much.. This book teaches you to use an ordinary scientific calculator with trig functions to cut roofs. If you make a living as a carpenter, then simple tips like methods for cutting sheathing in the appendix are worth the price of the book. If you want to break out and escape the McBox truss roof assembly line then this book will enable you.
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