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nomoney 05-16-2006 10:17 AM

soffit question
hello all,

Do all outside walls have to have a soffit?

MJW 05-16-2006 05:23 PM

Soffits are needed to create a draft to the roof vents. Then the venting works correctly.

AtlanticWBConst. 05-16-2006 07:43 PM

No Money,
Do you mean a soffit vent or do you mean 'a soffit'?

nomoney 05-17-2006 06:45 AM

i had an addition put on the main house.

it is a 12x16 sun room with a 5x7 powder room adjoining it on the east side. the north side of the powder room does not have an overhang( i thought the term was soffit ). the contractor said that is how it is done in ohio....i am in florida.

so i am planning on 'sistering' a 2x4 on the soon to be exposed rafter( cathedral-type ceiling ) i can get to, use hurrican clamps for 2x4 ?stringers? to extend an overhang by around a foot or so( to match the other overhang dimensions ), redo all the roofing shingles on the edge as well as ?cladding? and drip edges and declare victory.

it goes without saying that the former ohioan does not return my calls .

AtlanticWBConst. 05-17-2006 11:50 AM

In that case,

as Redline said...All roof structures should have a soffit (unless it's a small shed) and ..... a soffit vent installed as well.

AaronB 05-17-2006 05:29 PM

Well, "needed" is a relative word, and vetilation can be achieved with wedge vents also, but I like to see an eave all the way around to keep the water off the top of the walls.

nomoney 05-22-2006 03:02 PM


installed one foot wide eave per earlier posts, used hurricane clamps keeping the 2x4's solid. put cdx over. felted and flashed in.

one little problem occurred saturday - fell off the ladder, carrying too much up in one trip, i am OK but i have more respect for that darn ladder.....will be taking it slower. i think i am getting too old for this type of work...a little swelling on the right hand

today i put the tiles on the roof.

and here is the famous ladder commercial......

nomoney 05-23-2006 06:35 AM

more progress:

ran out of steam after work yesterday. just managed to put in the channels, fascias, drip edges.....and just to be safe i put some more felt down to really cover any open areas, it was 1930 by that time. it is supposed to rain in the orlando area today so i will see how good the felt does.

the 'installer' who put in the new roof for me over the addition did not seem to goober(roofing tar) down the edge tiles on the drip edges, important here in florida because of hurricanes. on one hand it was easier to take off the old tiles, on the other hand i have to do that for the tiles i am replacing and also all the other ones i thought were done.

no good deed shall go unpunished...............

nomoney 05-30-2006 11:57 AM

well, no more falling off ladders.......the job is complete, a nice overhang, keeps water off of the wall top, looks original, and is strong.

it survived its first rain and wind so i have declared vicory :rolleyes:

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