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Old 07-04-2012, 10:45 AM   #1
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Soffit vents tacked not screwed, sagging


It looks like the contractors that built my home (12 yrs ago) used tacks to secure the soffit vents.

After twelve years, they seem to be sagging on the edges. I've also noticed that some don't seem to have enough tacks.

Suggestions? Use screws? Re-tack, leave it? Worried about insects. There seems to be screen behind them but if they are not secure I have to imagine insects can easily get past.

As you can see, some are high up. I am unable to get up to them close.

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well you can try wishing them back up but that usually don't work

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Be nice Tom...

I'd get/use/borrow/rent a tall ladder and add screws, yes. They should be fine after that.

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Strange. Tried pushing on the corners with a yard stick. There is no give to them. That is, they don't sit flat, which is why they appear to be sagging. Apparantly they are not. Whatever is behind them is preventing them from lying flat on the soffit, possibly the screen. I will have to pull a few off and see how these were installed.
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Strange. Tried pushing on the corners with a yard stick. There is no give to them.

Thatís probably because thereís a layer of crud between the vent and the soffit which wont allow you to push them back.

They look stapled too me. If you or someone has to get up there anyway Iíd remove them and inspect the screens and make sure all is clear for good airflow.

Go easy on them, it doesnít take much to destroy those cheesy things. Use stainless steel screws when re-installing.

If it was me Iíd paint them to match the soffit. Itís not like those vents at an architectural detail you want the world to see.
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I'd get/use/borrow/rent a tall ladder and add screws, yes. They should be fine after that.

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Just replace them while you are up there ( they are $2-3 each) and add flat head s.s. screws in each hole. The staples are common with the shortcuts workers are doing when building a house.
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Flat head screws?
Not the best look for that job.
Think about using painted hex head gutter screws. I put them in all the time with a magnetic 1/4 bit in a impact drill driver.
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Flat head screws?
Not the best look for that job.
Think about using painted hex head gutter screws. I put them in all the time with a magnetic 1/4 bit in a impact drill driver.
Gutter screws?? Really, so the head sticks out- thats not a good look at all!!
Flat heads look just......there are many types of flat head screws. These are what I used, smaller of course but you get the idea. Lays nice and flat and looks great after you paint the vent and screw heads, which should be done anyway. Who wants to look at a unpainted vent??
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I believe he meant PAN head, not screws for flat head screwdrivers....

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