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Old 07-31-2010, 11:43 AM   #1
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Soffit venting on old house


we recently moved into a 100 year old home, and are starting to do some work on it. We were going to put some more insulation in the attic, but first we wanted to make sure the venting was correct. It is a 1 1/2 story, all the second floor rooms have 4 ft knee walls then 5ft of sloped ceiling. So, from in the attic I cannot reach down to the soffit.

A lot of loose fill insulation has fallen down between the rafters, in some cases filling them completely. We tried getting it out with a shop vac, but it just plugs up after a few seconds.

On the outside there are vented aluminum soffits, but after removing a few I see that there is solid wood underneath with no vents. The soffits are not horizontal like I usually see them, they are pitched like the roof, it seems like they are just nailed to the underside of the rafters.

Will I have to remove all these boards, let the insulation fall out, then replace them with vented pieces, or is there a better way?

Also, is there any problem with having the soffits sloped like this?



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Old 07-31-2010, 01:24 PM   #2
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Balloon framed, this will get you started:
More to come......

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