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summertime 10-02-2007 02:54 PM

exterior soffit
I am trying to replace old wood soffit with vinyl vented material. Guy at hardware store was helpful in putting pieces together, channel bits etc. But the soffit area is only 5 inches wide from front to back and is impossible to get a hammer in the opening to nail channel strips up.

Any suggestions as to how I can attach strips?? Don't think a nail gun or stapler will fit either.


Ed the Roofer 10-02-2007 03:26 PM

Yes, you can probably use a small finish nailer or wide crown stapler.

They even make a palm nailer for tight fitting locations with limited access.


the roofing god 10-05-2007 11:30 PM

actually you run a line level w/ the bottom of the fascia board on the wall,install j-channel to this line(back of j to line)nail thru back of j w/nail punch or roof nails w/ nailset tool,insert cut panels into j channel and secure to bottom of fascia board w/roof/or trim nails,then cap existing fascia board w/alum.fascia capping/wrap which you can buy at the supply house/home center-much nicer job!

the roofing god 10-05-2007 11:32 PM

you would need a compressor and air hoses to power that palm nailer ED

Ed the Roofer 10-06-2007 11:47 AM


Originally Posted by summertime (Post 65911)

Don't think a nail gun or stapler will fit either.

He mentioned the implausibility of using a nail gun or stapler due to space considerations, so I figured he already considered the acquisition of a compressor and air hoses for this project.


the roofing god 10-06-2007 05:58 PM


Ed the Roofer 10-07-2007 12:56 AM

By the way, I have never used one of those palm nailers. Only talked to one guy who did, and he said it was great.

Do you have any hands on experience with one of those?

What size nails is it capable of shooting? I would imagine you have to load one at a time.


the roofing god 10-07-2007 09:56 AM

YES GOOD FOR ROOFING NAILS AS THE HEAD SITS AGAINST the shaft and hammers as you put pressure on it,good for closed areas where you can`t swing a hammer,otherwise it doesn`t compare,and yes you load handnails into it

Ed the Roofer 10-07-2007 11:39 AM

I will have to pick one of those bad boys up, since the under soffit tight areas are a regular occurrence.



the roofing god 10-07-2007 12:48 PM

under soffit tight areas can easily be dealt with,w/a trim nail punch,it`s only really good where a roof tightly overshadows another,and it would be good for sheathing nails as well

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