Eaves and Soffits


Eaves and Soffits, originally uploaded by Stephen Downes.

Finished the eaves we started as yesterday's handyman art. We cut and installed the soffits (I learned that the secret is to install the circular saw blade backwards to cut the thin aluminum without wrecking it). Each 18-inch segment had to be measured individually as the width of the eave overhang varied between 15.75 and 16.75 inches (normally it would be 16 inches, but exactly three pieces were that size). That's what you get from an 80 year-old house. The soffit was easy to install, but the drip edge (which the previous installation had not had; for some reason the previous renovators saw no need for one) was dicey, because there wasn't a good surface to adhere to. All in all, it came out pretty neat and trim, and I'm happy with the results.

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