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scotch valley
A method of constructing a variation to a rectangular plan without the use of valley rafters. Also known as a blind valley or a California valley in the US

a blind valley
A Blind Valley

  • The blind valley is far superior to the standard traditional framed valley using valley rafters, creeper and jacks in one critical area. STRENGTH. I can not imagine a structural engineer even contemplating a traditional design.
  • It is the only way to go when adding an extension to an existing building. It leaves the existing rafters in place.
  • A "California valley" has one main drawback. It requires a wall or a beam across the "neck of the TEE" to support the main rafters, so it can not be used for an open cathedral type (no ceiling) type of roof.

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