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Dutchman Repairs

often can be patched with two-part wood epoxy, but sometimes the damage is too extensive. A time-honored technique to. If the rafter ends are structural, temporarily brace the roofline with 4x10 or 4x12 lumber. around the damaged area. Then . Use the same type of wood for the repair, and make sure it’s seasoned to avoid shrinkage.

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