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One person on a ladder holding a rafter while another person attaches it to a beam using a nail gun

Overview

Following on from our How to install post and beams for a carport video, find out how to attach the rafters to your carport roof frame. We'll show you how to mark out where the rafters should go and how to install them flush against the perimeter beams.

Steps

1Mark out where your rafters will go

Before you start, brace your carport framework for extra strength while you're working with timber. Mark out the spacings for your rafters on the beams according to your plans and how many rafters you'll be using. Make the marks on both beams that will connect your rafters so that everything lines up.
Person marking where rafters would go on carport frame.

2Put up your rafters

When you put up your rafters, make sure that they are nice and flush against the perimeter beams when you nail them in. A good tip is to leave one side of the rafters lower than the other. This will mean that the flat ceiling will effectively drain off water. Pre-drill your holes before you screw batten screws in so they are all even and neat.  
One person on a ladder holding a rafter while another person attaches it to a beam using a nail gun

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Health & Safety

Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.

When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.