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Old 03-25-2011, 02:01 PM   #1
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Hi,
I haven't found anything good on the internet explaining this.

I have some wires to route between the joists on the first floor....I have access on one end....so if I am careful I should be able to fish wires down the space between the joists, HOWEVER...

when I get to the soffit end...simple question....is there a way the aluminum soffit can be slide over or popped out without damaging it?

I need to route the wires to the corner of the home (and I don't have access to that joist bay).

Thanks....I've never worked with siding/soffits

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Old 03-25-2011, 04:59 PM   #2
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Old 03-25-2011, 06:51 PM   #3
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Oops...here is a picture of the soffits common to my home...must I take the "border" strips off, or will the panels simply lift and slide on the strips near the house and by the soffit edge.

I hope this makes it a little clearer...
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Hi,
I haven't found anything good on the internet explaining this.

I have some wires to route between the joists on the first floor....I have access on one end....so if I am careful I should be able to fish wires down the space between the joists, HOWEVER...

when I get to the soffit end...simple question....is there a way the aluminum soffit can be slide over or popped out without damaging it?

I need to route the wires to the corner of the home (and I don't have access to that joist bay).

Thanks....I've never worked with siding/soffits
Usually aluminum soffits are supported with J mold fastened to the wall at one end and fascia material by the eave.
By bending the J mold open at one end of the house, the soffit aluminum can be pulled down and then pulled back, horizontally.
This rather difficult to explain, and is rather obvious once you look the situation over.
The main thing is to bend the J mold down to remove and then after sliding everything back, bend the J mold back to its original position.
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Will the J mold look different after all this bending?

It sounds like it may be difficult to get it uniform like the installer did.

I may have to rethink how I want to route the wires.

Thanks....I was hoping they were just sitting there with gravity, but I guess the wind could possible dislodge them then.

Could I run a coaxial cable on top of the vents..i.e. if I ran the wire up in another location from the outside and ran it around the perimeter just on top of the soffit?

Thanks again, to all the help
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Will the J mold look different after all this bending?

It sounds like it may be difficult to get it uniform like the installer did.

I may have to rethink how I want to route the wires.

Thanks....I was hoping they were just sitting there with gravity, but I guess the wind could possible dislodge them then.

Could I run a coaxial cable on top of the vents..i.e. if I ran the wire up in another location from the outside and ran it around the perimeter just on top of the soffit?

Thanks again, to all the help
The original installer bent it to install it, so it will look the same.

This isn't rocket science. Do it, it will be good experience for you!

You can run coax almost anywhere! Not a good idea to run it inside heating ducts.
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Just want to mention your vented pieces are only 4.68 NFVA per foot, so the 12" where the vents are is fine for that 1' width. (Should be all vented, if a house); http://files.buildsite.com/dbderived...rived92755.pdf
To get 9 NFVA on each side of a gable roof to match the 18 NFVA in the ridge vent.


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Bergerdude!

I've had to repair/reinstall aluminum soffits many times.
Looking at the picture; you're soffit material looks like it's "Rollex" -
"Nichols-Homeshield" - however, it could be others.
As "Wildie" advises above - the first thing we try is to bend the lip of the
"J" channel against the house - carefully.
We try to get a "Framing Square" between the soffit and the channel and
progressively, bend the lip of the "J" channel down - gently!
However, the pieces of soffit are probably stapled/nailed to the wood,
sub-fascia - behind the aluminum fascia.
That can be a problem.
I can't tell from the picture - are there any exposed nails between the bottom of the gutter and the bottom lip of the fascia?

Later!
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Just a note to say that the J mold isn't bent down for the whole distance. Its just bent down at the end to allow the first section to be removed. Then the soffit sections are slide along the 'track' as required. (if they aren't stapled)[oh my!]
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Just a note to say that the J mold isn't bent down for the whole distance. Its just bent down at the end to allow the first section to be removed. Then the soffit sections are slide along the 'track' as required. (if they aren't stapled)[oh my!]

Ok thanks....I'll investigate further to see if there are staples/nails....

Thanks to all,
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