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How about Magnetic Christmas Lights? I've never tried them, but if they use a descent magnet it would be a winner. I've seen these before a Walmart or places like that. It looks like it would clip onto your shingles. They might be good for the short term of Christmas but I don't know how sun, wind and weather will affect their life.


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Oh, wow. I'm sorry, but your roof is probably bad. If you can get the money you paid four years ago back (doubtful), I would, but you probably need to get that entire mess torn off all the way down to the decking, and probably quite a bit of the decking near the edges of the roof too. You can tell because the shingles look "lumpy" and have a rolling look to ...


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You'll be working in a "damp" location, so you'll want to prevent moisture from entering or accumulating within the box. Since there's not likely to be moisture above the box, you probably won't have to worry about protecting the back side of the box. Because of this, you can probably get away with any type of box. When I did this, I used a weatherproof ...


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Would Velcro Christmas light hooks work? I used them one year (not this exact brand though) to good effect.


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As far as I know, it doesn't really matter as long as it's vented outside. Venting into the attic is Very Bad -- in the winter, the humid air will condense and (if cold enough) freeze, and you'll effectively have water in the attic. For any vents, the straighter the run is, the more efficient and quieter it is. Avoid corrugated pipes, and avoid bends and ...


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If you're trying to cut in place, I'd personally go with drilling an initial hole, and then cutting the shape of the vent with a "sheet metal nibbler". The nibbler will let you cut from one side, as there's a small bit that you insert into the hole, and sheers off a small roll of material (somewhere near 1/8", depending on the exact pair). You can also ...


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I can tell you from experience in my house a slate roofed colonial, it will make a difference. Even with the fan mounted in an attic window that is that is 3 inches off the floor of my walk-up attic the temperature drop in the attic was 30 degrees.Most fans will have a spec sheet telling how many square inches of ventilation opening they require. It is ...


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Its just trim molding, to hide the cut edge of the soffit where it abuts the wall. It should be re-attached for both appearance and critter protection. You can add some foam insulation, which will help seal the edge. A bead of exterior caulk, then the molding, then another bead if there are any gaps in the molding-to-wall or molding-to-soffit, Use 1" to ...


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In terms of most efficient usage of money, I suspect weather stripping will have a bigger impact on an older home. Sealing all the gaps around doors and windows will cut down on drafts. If fixing a window involves replacing it with a new energy efficient model, all the better. Once the drafts are solved, insulation is usually next. But that can be ...


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Soffit vents ensure a continuous flow of outside air on the underside of your roof. In cold climates, this prevents two critical issues. First, from condensation on the underside of the roof from moist air in your home or from earlier in the day that has made its way into the attic. And second, from snow that falls on the roof from melting at the top, and ...


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I use the all-in-one clips from here - http://goo.gl/ldASe After the first season of use they can become brittle and break, I usually have to replace a few of them every year but they are the best I've used. This is my house.


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Given the options (and I still agree with my earlier post and Greebo's answer of "none of the above, replace your soffit with a vented version"), I'll go with option B. Some other thoughts: Get a good seal between the vent and your existing soffit, which would won't be able to do with your first or last option. Make sure there's a screen of some kind in ...


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Were I you, I"d go for the big full size soffit panels ALL the way around. You pretty much can't have too much attic ventilation - you can have too little.


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Rather than trying to cut holes and add vents, you could also replace these with vented soffit skirting. E.g. This one can be picked up from your local HI store:


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1It is very wrong. You CANNOT have a cord passing through siding, walls, or any other finished structure/surface. For both code and safety reasons. The receptacle MUST be outside. If it is close to the heat tape you'll just need to coil the cord up. National Electrical Code 2011 Chapter 4 Equipment for General Use Article 400 Flexible Cords ...


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It's going to depend on what material is covering the soffit. Soffit Covers If it's aluminium/plastic soffit covers, you'll have to remove the section where you're installing the receptacle. Install proper bracing (a simple 2x4 between the rafters should be fine), and attach the electrical box to it. Then mark, and cut a hole for the electrical box in the ...


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The foam boards, most likely pink in color are called Rafter Vents (owens corning). They are in integral part of the ventilation system in your attic to keep your house cool/warm in the correct seasons. Also adds to the longevity of your roofing shingles etc. They also can help prevent Frost/water ice dams from occurring under the shingles in cold ...


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Are you planning on replacing the roof? If so, are you redecking the roof or just replacing shingles? If you're only replacing shingles then there will be little or no additional opportunity to install soffit vents. If you are redecking, make sure to use radiant barrier decking. It adds about $2 a sheet to cost and has a large impact on attic heat. No roofer ...


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I think you've answered your own question, you've got the best compromise if you MUST go through the soffit. Any reason to not do a roof vent? Roof vent, it has a backdraft damper and a bird screen


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Water dripping where it shouldn't means something is wrong in the roofing. If you want to find where exactly the problem comes from your best bet is to get into the space under the roof when it rains and try to find where exactly water appears first. This will give you a good idea which are of the roof to investigate from the outside. This will require ...



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