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Hey guys,

I'm running 2" IMC through the overhang and up through the roof. Any ideas on making the hole? The problem I'm having is that it's about 1' or more through the overhang before I get to the roof, and I'm not really sure what I'm going to encounter after going through the that. I'm without a 2" hole bit.

How do you guys go about drilling the hole thorough bottom and then matching up on the roof?
 

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Long pilot drill bit. Looking at the underneath plywood, can you see the nails heads where the 'ladder' studs are so you can miss them when your pipe goes through?
 

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I'm thinking, because of a lack of proper tools, I'm going to have to make several holes with something like 1/2" spade bit, and then get a jigsaw in there. Then I'll have to go up to the roof, and just try to eyeball it, and hope to get semi-level.

I'll of course have a roof boot on top, so does the hole have to be exact anyway? I may need to move the mast a bit anyway to get it aligned, so maybe an imperfect hole is best, what do you think?
 

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What are ladder studs? Any chance they're metal? I ask because while I was trying to use a 54' flex bit, I seemed to hear the ping of metal.

If this is the case, how would they (ladder studs) be running; horizontal or vertical?
 

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I see what you’re saying with the spade bit. No, it doesn’t have to be exact on the top, just stay within the boot, without getting too big. A little extra big on the shingle side will give you some play to get the pipe in. On the bottom side it’s nice to get a clean hole. You can caulk it afterwards for a nice look.

The ladder studs are the boards that are part of a soffit. Soffits at the eaves are usually made letting the rafter tails hang over the wall and then a fascia board is attached. Soffits on a gable end (like you’re working on in the photo) can be made by putting ‘ladder’ studs projecting out from the house with a fascia board on the outer edge. Usually 16” on center, but not always. Re-looking at the pic, there might not be any studs.

It looks like the black overhang was the original roof, and the tan board above it is a new roof added later. Looks like the siding on the right is an addition. It might be hollow in between the two.
Don’t know what ‘metal ping’ you heard. Old flashing or drip edge? You might see if you can get that black triangle board off and look inside. Even if you had to replace it.
 

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Looks like that house was on fire recently. You renovating a fire job there?
 

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Check with the local utility. THe IMC may not be strong enough. Here we use Rigid for the mast.
 
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