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outdoor ceiling light installation

I had an older light fixture hanging above my garage door. It stopped working, so I bought a replacement and went to install it. When I removed the old light, I discovered that it had been screwed ...
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How do I install an exterior soffit vent?

How is this old vent in picture "A" attached? I will have to punch that out with a hammer. How will I attached the new vent if the flange is laying up and inside? Can I attach the new soffit vent ...
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Cut steel fascia board cover lengthwise?

I am wrapping a porch beam with white steel fascia board cover. The height of the space I need to cover is about an inch less than what the fascia board cover is. So I need to basically cut an inch ...
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Adding Soffit Vent for Bathroom Fan

I have a small bathroom with exterior walls in an area of my home with a vaulted ceiling (and thus no attic access.) When I moved in, the exhaust fan was uselessly "exhausting" directly into a ...
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Soffet Vent and surrounding rafter rot

I have a house by the ocean. Very wet environment, often moisture running down walls. I have roof ridge vents and soffit vents. The soffit vent holes were about half closed years ago with paint. ...
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Ways to add proper ventilation to attic with ridge vent on roof?

We got a new roof about four ago. The attic is unfinished. It's a split level home, and hot as Hades upstairs. Unfortunately, the roofers didn't consider attic ventilation. They installed a ridge ...
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Is my contractor doing a botched up job installing the soffit

Is my contractor doing a botched up job installing the soffit with staples?
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Is there any benefit to using vented aluminum soffit over solid wood soffit?

I'm wanting to cover over my home's old solid wood fascia and soffit probably with aluminum fascia and vinyl soffit. There's an option to have either vented or unvented soffit. Since my current ...
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Is gap filler suitable for a 2-3" gap between soffit and wall?

While cleaning out a bird's nest along the eaves, I noticed that there are sizable gaps between the soffit (such as it is) and the wall. The gap varies between 2-3 inches. The soffit (white board) ...
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Clarifying the in-between rafters insulation

My house is in an area which often gets -30c winter days and 30c summer days. It's shaped like this (note that ventilation holes are also the same on the other side of the house): Note that the roof ...
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Kitchen ceiling uneven after removing soffit

I just removed my kitchen soffits . Now I can see the 2 areas were the soffits were. The ceiling popcorn was replaced but still I can see .How I can fix it without having all the ceiling re-done? ...
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my garage has soffit and ridge vents and I want to insulate it (southern NH)

like the thread title says: I'm located in Southern NH, allegedly we have 4 seasons although I'm having my doubts about the veracity of that (loonnng winter) I have an attached 2 car garage with a ...
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Can puck LEDs be used for recessed lighting in above bed soffit

There is currently a soffit in the bedroom that sits above the headboard of the bed. The soffit is rather large, dropping down around 15 inches from the actual ceiling, and has three recessed lights. ...
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Installing pendant lights - no junction box available/feasible

In laws are coming into town and are seeing our house for the first time. As you can imagine my honey-do list is a mile long! We just finished up painting our entire upstairs (about 1000 sq ft) and ...
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How many soffit vents do I need?

Quick question regarding venting of my attic. I have two gable vents and a ridge vent, but home inspection recommends soffit vents be installed. I've calculated how many soffit vents needed, without ...
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Useless soffit on on low ceiling. Cover-up or stupid aesthetic?

A little back story. My house was build in the early 40's. The point at which builders threw away the idea of trying to build something that is architecturally significant and see how far they could ...
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Exhaust fan venting through soffit where attic has no vent

I am installing a bathroom exhaust fan in a portion of the house which is a small addition to the original house. The attic above the addition is separated from the rest of the attic by the original ...
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Is there a technique on how to remove aluminum soffit without damaging it?

I Need to remove some existing sofit so I can get access to install an electrical outlet for a motorized awning . The sofit is 18 inches wide . Is there a technique or tool that will allow me ...
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How do I remove pieces of my porch ceiling/soffit? (aluminum?)

I need to temporarily remove a piece of my front porch's ceiling/soffit. How can I do this? Each section of the ceiling seems locked to the next section and I can't seperate them.
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Reason to Add A Soffit to a Shower

Other than aesthetics, is there any practical reason to add a soffit to an existing shower as we retile? There is a single recessed light above the shower and there is a combination light/vent fan in ...
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How do I add weatherproof exterior soffit lights? [closed]

I want to add exterior soffit lights to my house and use Philips Hue br30 bulbs in them. I would like a suggestions a weatherproof can and trim that might work for my scenario.
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How can I vent my kitchen exhaust through vinyl soffit?

My 1950s ranch had a loud, ineffective kitchen fan that I decided to fix up this weekend. Turns out that when a previous owner had vinyl siding added, they simply put the vinyl over the vent. I ...
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Bird sleeping and eating soffit. How to make sure it is not coming back?

I found this morning a bird (Northern Flicker?) sleeping and eating my house (see picture). The bird is able to hang there and put his head in one of the hole. I suppose the bird do that to get some ...
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Rear of house has no eves; how do I ventilate and prevent ice dams?

My home is in St. Louis and it just doesn't stay very warm. I am finding that the heat kicks on a lot just so it can keep up. The house is a ranch on a slab, built in 1960, 1073 square feet. In 2015 ...
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To much attic exhaust venting? Help check my math

So I just had my roof done and wanted ridge vents. The roofer used VentSure® 4-Foot Strip Heat & Moisture Ridge Vents. I am trying however to check my math on my balance, and thing I have way to ...
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Spray to keep blown-in cellulose insulation from drifting?

I have a hip-roofed garrison colonial in New England, with blown-in cellulose. I have two whole-house fans ("half-house fans"?), and to give enough attic venting I have continuous soffit vents on all ...
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Is there a “Right” direction to build soffit with plywood?

Is there a right or wrong way to face the plywood when building a soffit for ductwork? I was following a tutorial from Family Handyman http://www.familyhandyman.com/basement/how-to-finish-a-basement-...
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Vented soffit under bay window

Background: A bay window has been having ice dam issues for the past couple of years. I think the water is coming in through the space between the gutter and the fascia. That space is just on the ...
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What's the best way to secure soffit that joins a roofline?

I have a roofline similar to this. . Just above the porch column, there is a roofline that joins the main roofline. On my home, birds have started to push up on the soffit and make their way into ...
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My contractor replaced old soffits and fascia with fiber cement panels. What type of molding/cleating should be used?

My contractor installed a narrow piece of wood molding in the corner where the soffit panels meet the wall of the house. See the diagram below. The material used for the yellow piece is unprimed, ...
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Wanting to insulate attic in 1930s home, have some questions (baffle install, soffit venting, mixing cellulose/fiberglass, etc)

Have a 1930's 2-story house. I recently upgraded the wiring in the 2nd story to get rid of all the knob/tube left in the house, and I figured while I'm up there I should add some attic insulation (...
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possible to have too much soffit intake venting for roof/attic?

Is it possible to have too much soffit intake? Currently my simple gable roof on a ranch home has 8 RVO38 vents but NO soffit intake vents (terrible!). Of course the attic space runs incredibly hot ...
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Can I attach drywall directly to a wood beam?

I'm finishing my basement and need to build a soffit around the HVAC trunks, pipes, and a wood beam. I'm planning to build a ladder on one side of the ducts and another between the ducts and the beam....
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Can a horizontally-vented kitchen exhaust have a downward-facing outlet in a soffit?

Can I vent a kitchen exhaust fan horizontally to an exterior soffit, ending with a downward outlet/cap? (Or must the outlet be horizontal (through a wall) or upwards (through a roof)?
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How do I remove a panel from the ceiling of my side porch?

I have an uncovered side porch attached to the my brick ranch home. I noticed that parts of my roof are sagging and it is getting worse. I also noticed that some flashing around my chimney looks bad ...
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Attic ventilation, do I have enough?

I currently have blown-in insulation, that reaches the top of the attic floor. I was told by several insulation companies that I need a R value of at least 49, meaning, I need to add a good 12-18" ...
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Which method of framing a soffit around rectangular ductwork maximizes ceiling height?

I need to put a soffit around 18"(W) x 8"(H) x 23'(L) rectangular HVAC ductwork in my basement and I am very near to the minimal code requirements for ceiling height for obstructions before adding a ...
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Ceilling Joist Beam

My husband and I want to install 42" cabinets in our kitchen which presently have 30" cabinets with a soffit. (which we were planning on removing) Upon removal of side wall soffit we had no problem ...
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How to remove narrow metal soffit

Our 1954 home has very narrow soffits, with metal over them. The best solution I've come up with for adding soffit vents is 2 inch hockey puck style. I did a few several years ago and stopped. See ...
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Should I use a Ridge/Soffit vent or Attic Fan?

I am getting ready to redo the roof on our house (shingles and some sheathing) and I am wondering what kind of venting I should add to the roof. The roof currently is not vented at all and as a result ...
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How do I fix this missing soffit?

After this past harsh winter I noticed this spot on our house where it looks like some soffit panels had fallen out. Honestly, I'm not sure what was in the space prior; I never found any panels on ...
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Attach drywall directly to framed soffit without plywood/osb

I have a really small soffit that I built for my kitchen to hide some HVAC. Is it ok to attach drywall directly to the 2x4 framed soffit or do I have to cover it in plywood or OSB first?
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Cheap solution for underside of barn overhang (soffit, siding, something else?)

My wife and I bought a house and it has a barn with an overhang by the entry door on the side. The 2x6s (I think that's what they are) are exposed and the birds love it. There is also a little gap at ...
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How to attach outlet box in soffit?

I'm now planning to install out outlet flush, or as flush/above as possible, to the soffit. I've read other threads, and believe I'm good on how to protect it, etc. I buy a rate outside box correct? ...
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Is it allowable to have an electrical cable going into the attic through a soffit from outside?

I'm adding ice cables to part of our roof. I drilled a 1 inch hole in the soffit and then got stuck getting power into the attic for an outlet. I called an electrician who couldn't say enough how ...
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Attic Venting of Knee Wall in Cape Cod

I have a cape cod style home, pictured below. The second story living space on the back side of the home is created by having a lower pitched roof. So, the front and back sides of the roof have ...
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Insulating attic with no soffit vents.

I just bought a house in northern Midwest where there's lots of snow and was planning on adding blown in cellulose insulation to attic space. Then I noticed that there are no soffit vents in the main ...
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How do I cover the attic rafter bays after installing baffles from the soffit before replacing the siding?

Should I be covering exposed fiberglass batts I stuffed into rafter bays below stapled in plastic baffles with an air barrier, such as with foil faced rigid foam board or house wrap, before replacing ...
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Should I temporarily cover my exposed soffit during a rain storm?

We're currently getting our Soffits replaced by a contractor. Unfortunately he has not yet finished the job and they are quite exposed. I'm especially worried about mold growing underneath since I ...
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Gable and Roof Vents Together?

I need to add some additional exhaust venting to my attics, along with some along the soffit as well. I need some knowledge on a few things as I can't seem to find answers for them on the interwebs: ...