One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An upright post in the centre of a roof truss, extending from the tie beam to the apex of the truss.
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- ‘In the process, the various components acquired names according to their place in this system - king post, hammer beam, purlin, sill, and so forth - names that are still used today.’
- ‘First, as Su notes, a king post is used in the shrine's roof truss.’
- ‘A single king post or several queen posts may be used according to the length of span and the support required.’
- ‘Again, two crossbeams with camel's hump-shaped braces support the roof truss, and there is no king post.’
- ‘Bracket sets with two arms support the four-rafter beams; there are straight braces known as timu; and a king post is present in the roof truss.’
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