Homemade Roof Pitch Protractor

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I like opera, I just don't want to be around the people who like opera.

Justice Clarence Thomas, during a discussion of Justice Scalia and Scalia's love of opera. During a working stint in Keyport, WA, I had a coworker who LOVED opera. Thus, I completely understand this statement.


Figure 1: Homemade Roof Protractor. (Source)

Figure 1: Homemade Roof Protractor. (Source)

As an amateur carpenter, I am always looking for simple and cheap construction tools. Recently, I have been working on improving my roof framing knowledge. During my reading on this topic, I saw this roof pitch protractor in a Journal of Light Construction (JLC) article . Notice how the template has a handle to make hauling it up a ladder easier. To get an accurate roof pitch, all you need to do is (1) place the template on the roof, (2) clamp a spirit level onto the template in the level position, and (3) read the pitch off the scale – simple, fast, accurate.

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