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Old 05-31-2012, 05:47 PM   #1
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Hi,

Some time ago I had a new roof installed. It took me a while to pick a right company, thanks to it the whole experience was pretty good. My neighbor is an amateur roofer and was trying to convince me to give him this job which didn't happen for multiple reasons. There was plenty of plywood replaced with a new one as well as some parts of rafters. My neighbor has this annoying smile on his face pointing rafter extensions (see photo - there's one shown here, but there is more on roof perimeter). He says it should not be installed this way, according to him they should use much longer pieces.
What do you think? Is it terrible workmanship suggesting even more crap in the areas that are not exposed? Or maybe acceptable solution to simple problem?

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Old 05-31-2012, 06:03 PM   #2
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In that situation, it is fine. Just make sure they are nailed securely.

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Old 05-31-2012, 06:21 PM   #3
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Looks like poop to me.
Are they coming back to finish the job?
Would have looked far better to have installed vented vinyl soffits.
Without soffit vents the shingles will have a much shorter life.
http://images.search.yahoo.com/image...mb=Xwi4JCiNfjZ

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In that situation, it is fine. Just make sure they are nailed securely.
Great! Makes me feel a little bit better
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Looks like poop to me.
Are they coming back to finish the job?
Would have looked far better to have installed vented vinyl soffits.
Without soffit vents the shingles will have a much shorter life.
http://images.search.yahoo.com/image...mb=Xwi4JCiNfjZ
I agree, could definitely look better, but for now I need to focus on other stuff than aesthetics. One of them - soffit vents
The only vents the old roof had installed were gable vents. With a new roof we added ridge vent. Contractor suggested drilling 2in dia holes along perimeter. I'd either do that or install those bigger, rectangular shape soffit vents. Do you think I should seal gable vents afterwards?

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A far better plan would be knock out the blocking between the rafters and box the whole area in with vented soffit like in the picture I posted. It's a royal pain to try and bore big holes like that standing on a ladder and would require a 1/2 HD drill and about a $65.00 self feeding auger bit.
Removing the blocking just takes a hammer.
Your going to have to go back and remove at least one row of siding and add a 2 X 4 to the wall to be able to attach the soffit to.
http://video.search.yahoo.com/search...l+vinyl+soffit

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Possible. Still feels like drilling would be easier, though. I'll ask around, maybe try drilling first and eventually remove blocking. What about gable vents? Shall I seal them?
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A far better plan would be knock out the blocking between the rafters and box the whole area in with vented soffit like in the picture I posted.
That blocking serves a purpose Joe, you can't just remove them all.

Installing a closed soffit to a eve with no fascia has it's own set of challenges.


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Possible. Still feels like drilling would be easier, though. I'll ask around, maybe try drilling first and eventually remove blocking. What about gable vents? Shall I seal them?
A "new" 2" forstner bit is what I'd use for the drilling. They make vented plugs for the holes.

If you have an open attic you likely don't have to drill all of the blocks. There are online calculators that will help you determine how much intake venting you actually need.
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A forister bit is made for boring flat bottomed holes and would be way to slow.
Been there done that.
One of these is a least 3 times faster.
http://www.amazon.com/DEWALT-DW1640-...554940&sr=1-23

That blocking has no purpose other then to cover the hole at the top of the wall. Once the soffits are up the hole is not seen.
The fashias keep the rafter tails from twisting.

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A forister bit is made for boring flat bottomed holes and would be way to slow.
Been there done that.
One of these is a least 3 times faster.
http://www.amazon.com/DEWALT-DW1640-...554940&sr=1-23

That blocking has no purpose other then to cover the hole at the top of the wall. Once the soffits are up the hole is not seen.
The fashias keep the rafter tails from twisting.
OK, "self feeding forstner bit".

Look at the picture....OP has no fascia.

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