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how to remove soffits?!

Discussion in 'Roofing and Guttering' started by Chin85, 26 Jun 2019.

  1. Chin85

    Chin85

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    hi guys, how do i remove a soffit? nothing wrong with it - i want to fix some cctv cabling behind it and replace with the existing unit.
    just havent got a clue how to pull it down!

    FYI it looks like the one based on the image attached. No visible screws or anything!

    thanks
    James
     

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  2. rssteve

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    You would need to remove the fascia board first. Depending on age it may have all been over boarded and the soffit may contain asbestos.
     
  3. Chin85

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    thanks for that - sounds like a recipe for disaster!
    is there another way for me to access behind the soffit that is easier?
    how do cctv installers put cameras up on it without tearing down the entire roof?
     
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    can't you run them through the loft? That is what I am planning to do at some point. Same as the satellite cable.
     
  5. Chin85

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    the problem ive got is i've got soffit upstairs which meets the loft and then a lower soffit just above the front door that runs round the house - it's the lower soffit i want to put the cables in and dangle the cctv camera from
     
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    Bend the fascia out at the bottom and see if the soffit pops out
     
  7. Chin85

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    so i've noticed the fascia has sets of white caps running along it

    any idea if these are caps for screws or something more advanced for a roof that i'll damage if i try and pop out?
     
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    Get up and look. It could be screws or nails.
     
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    If screws, they’ll have a removable cap so you can get to the screw head. If polytop nails, (much more likely I’d have thought) then I don’t think you’ve got much chance of getting em out without damaging the fascia.
     
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    If the white caps are every few feet, then they are probably vents. From memory they just click into a hole, so should click out with a bit of care. A bit of something thin and bendy, should then allow you to push cable through from hole to hole, above the soffit.
     
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