Jack Rafters; do they have to line up where they meet Hip ?

24 Aug 2014
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West Glamorgan
United Kingdom

I am building a hipped roof. Do the jack rafters have to be opposite each other where they meet at the hip.

Reason I ask is I had meant them to but after putting one in and telling my mate 'they had to go in together' I popped to Gregs for some pasties. By the time I got back he had started put one in on the other side slightly offset from the first and perhaps stupidly I went with it rather than make him take it off. We have (by the end of today) only done one of 4 hips but I thought I'd better have a re-think before I take them all out and re do them.

Anyone reckon what we have done is ok ? I would normally put them in opposite each other but if I can get away without re-doing this hip it would be a plus. Have tried google but cant seem to find a difinitive answer.

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Can't see how it would be a problem, as Long as it's only slightly out? Will get lost by the time felt and battens are on.

And I take it your mates not a chippy? Lol schoolboy error
Thanks for the reply ... mate is a chippy as it goes. We have worked together for years but I am very price and he is inclined to take the easiest route to a solution shall we say.

Anyway, have since spoken to the roof designer and apparently they don't have to be adjacent at all. You can put them wherever. Happy days !

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