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Old 03-22-2011, 11:55 PM   #1
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What is the best way to replace the fascia boards on my house? They are nailed to the rafter ends which really does'nt seem to be a problem but there also nailed from the top of the roof, there is two layers
of shingles on the roof, Any ideas?

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Take a reciprocating saw and cut the nails coming through the sheathing into the fascia.
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Old 03-23-2011, 08:51 AM   #3
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As "ron6519" says -
Reciprocating saw (Saw-Z-All), with a long blade - 10" - 14".
"Nail-Embedded Wood" or "Bi-metallic" blade.
If the roof sheathing is tight to the top of the fascia - drive the end of a
"pry-bar" between the sheathing and the fascia - to create a space - so
that you can get the blade in, with minimal binding.

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Ok, but what about installing the new pieces, do I need to be able to peel the roof back to nail thru the roof into the new pieces? I would hope not, it looks kinda tough.

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Ok, but what about installing the new pieces, do I need to be able to peel the roof back to nail thru the roof into the new pieces? I would hope not, it looks kinda tough.

Thanks for your replies, Doug
I've never nailed fascia down through the roof sheathing.
I've never even seen it done.
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If your rafters are 16 inches on center, and are in good condition - you
probably don't need to nail through the roof into the top edge of the fascia.
If they're wider apart (2 feet O/C) or in questionable condition -
consider adding blocking between the rafter tails, flush with the outside edge
of the rafter tails - provides good nailing.
You may not have to do this for every rafter bay.
I don't know what type of material you're going to use for the new fascia
(cedar, pine, composite, etc.).
You should at least "Prime" all sides of the fascia before you install it -
2 coats would be nice! (Or pre-stain the pieces)
After we make our cuts to fit the pieces together (before we install them)
we also Prime the cut ends.
It's a fun job, isn't it!?

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does the roof have metal drip edge? thats a whole different animal. also when clipping nails behind old try to watch for shims that may fall out
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Yes, have seen it, all too often.
Those "darn" roofers/framers do some strange, "darn" things!

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Before you go whacking all the old boards off, look how the old ones were. You want the new boards located just down from the top rafter edge so the shingles don't stick up.
The longer the boards, the better. Less joints. And try to keep them run to a string line (or a chalk line).

I can't think of one reason why a roofer would be nailing shingles that close to the edge.
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Come on down to S.W. Georgia Ron, I'll show you that 90+% of the homes built here get nails through the roof decking and the drip edge. This makes for an interesting day when replacing fascia. I pull all nails driven into the rafter edges, use a pry bar to start getting the board loose at one end, and keep pulling until the board will pull loose. Then I go back and cut all the nails coming through from the decking/drip edge. The new fascia boards go up nailed to the rafter ends only, and behind the drip edge.
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The fasica boards I am wanting to replace are running the same way as the rafters so there are no rafter ends to nail to, there are 2X4's about every three feet laying flat.

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The fasica boards I am wanting to replace are running the same way as the rafters so there are no rafter ends to nail to, there are 2X4's about every three feet laying flat.

Doug
Methodology is the same.
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I've never nailed fascia down through the roof sheathing.
I've never even seen it done.
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You have through the barge board.
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Interesting! - haven't heard the term "Barge Board" in a while.
"Gables", "Rake Boards", etc.- "Barge Board" ?!?
Didn't hear that term until I was out in the S. West - West Coast areas
(years ago - I'm a Midwestern boy)

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Yep there barge boards, hay I just learned something new, thanks for the correction, ah now I need to figure out how I am going to replace the barge boards.

I need to figure out how to post pictures on here so you guys can give me some ideas.

Thanks, Doug

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