Is there a “Right” direction to build soffit with plywood?


I think you have misinterpreted the picture in your posting. The OSB is not really on the "inside" of the soffit. Instead that part of the soffit in the picture was constructed using some I beam structural members that are made with OSB material notched into upper and lower 2x4s (or possibly a 2x3s).

The fact that they show the flat 2x4 over the splice point of two of these structural members implies that upper and lower members are 2x4s with half inch OSB.

So as can be surmised, there is no real preferred side for the OSB/plywood. It can be on the outside, inside or in the "middle" as in the picture. Material choice is really one of preference with OSB being a good choice if cost is a factor. If you elect to match the picture and use the structural I beam you will normally get OSB material...

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The big picture

Before the remodel.

Dull, drab bedroom before the new lights and soffits

If you're bored by a plain boxy room, take heart. You don't have to rip apart walls and ceilings to make the space more inviting, better lit and more dramatic. The simple soffit project we show here will do all that. A soffit is a dropped section of ceiling that's usually positioned along the walls. It creates a multi-height ceiling, which in itself adds a visual feature. But even better, it offers a perfect home for lighting—general lighting for the room as a whole and recessed lights for practical uses like illuminating closets and reading, as well as for highlighting artwork and display shelves.

In this article, we'll show you how to dramatically improve any room with a soffit and lights. We'll walk you through a simple soffit building method that leaves the existing ceilings and walls intact, so there's no messy drywall repair work. And we'll show you how to...

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I equate soffit building (particularly those funky boxes on the corners) as the house-building equivalent of being attacked by a shark. One minute you’re all swimming along, soaking up the rays, thinking how easy it will be to install siding (a two or three weekend job, right?)– things are going well for you. And the next thing you know you’re missing a foot, flailing helplessly, hoping someone (I’m looking at you, Google) will be able to rescue you, and wondering what the hell just happened to your life, plans for siding the house, peaceful day at the beach.

Another thing soffits and sharks have in common? Never saw it coming.

Soffits were just something we were going to worry about later, and the next thing you know we’re trying to put siding on and realize that 1.) The soffits have to be up to put the corner pieces in place, 2.) The corners need to be in place to put the siding up, and 3.) We have no idea how to build the soffit boxes.

This is the age of...

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Maria; Think along the lines of pouring huge, thin concrete slabs that your workers tow-up into position.

Now, first thing: when they are about ready TO pour the slab.. YOU must come charging-up with a barrow, or jeep-load of very white coral stones..
Hurl these white-painted stones IN the form-work, ONto the ground, yes, -first.. (so that they are then the [main] feature, and probably never require ANY wall to be painted -ever!
When the slab.. EACH slab [is] dry, you have the appearance of a "Coral Palace"). Got it?

ALL the woodwork within must be stained.. to look like kumma-gong/ebony, too: don't forget!

For bathroom ideas, visit: Becks Dunca, of Mangubat St. -in Dasmarinas, just 35 Kms, south of Manila..
(-even GO to a certain resturante called: "KM 35" THAT her Auntie runs (on the Imus-side) OF the old Dasmarinas, in the province of Cavite.. (you'll be very glad you did)!
Tell 'em: "Neil sent me!" -and.. they will eventually direct...

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The best way to add fascias and soffits to your home

In architecture fascia is any flat horizontal member or moulding or any relatively narrow vertical surface which is projected or cantilevered or supported on columns or element other than a wall below. In layman's term fascia boards are the horizontal boards that are attached at the end of rafters at the exterior of a building which are used to hang rain gutters or guttering.

A soffit is the exposed under surface at any overhead component of a building such an arch, balcony, cornice, beam, cornice, lintel or vault. In layman's term soffit is the finished surface below the fascia. A soffit is also called an eave.

Fascia board and soffit are integral part of a house's drainage system. This is so because fascia board hold the guttering of a building while the soffit is the finishing materials under the fascia boards. Fascias and soffits need to be waterproof to some extent because damp and moisture can...

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Soffit vents come in several sizes and styles, including small round discs and rectangular grilles. We opted for aluminum strip vents that measure 3 in. wide X 8 ft. long. This style vent provides a quick way to ventilate every rafter bay. Strips vents come in white, brown and silver; you'll pay less than $3 for an 8-ft. length.

Start by using a chalk reel to snap two parallel lines down the center of the soffit (photo 1). Space the lines 2 in. apart; that will allow the vent to overlap the cutout by 1/2 in. on each edge.

Next, bore a 3/4- or 1-in.-dia. hole through the soffit right between the lines and measure the thickness of the soffit panel (probably 1/4 or 3/8 in.). Then set your circular saw to that depth and cut along the chalk lines (photo 2).

When you near the end of the soffit, stop short and connect the two cuts with a sharp chisel or sabre saw (photo 3). Once all cuts are made, use a thin pry bar to remove the 2-in. plywood strip. Pull any nails...

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By Robert Robillard on Design

Building a Soffit:

I build most of my soffits with 2x material and plywood. It’s faster, stronger and more reliable. It’s also less prone to error.

When creating a soffit I try to keep it simple. I use a combination of parallel tape measuring points, string lines and use the 3-4-5 triangle method to mark the location of my soffit. The goal is to create an equal ceiling space and this is critical if you’re using an acoustical ceiling grid.

Tip: DO NOT trust that a duct or pipe is lined up parallel or perpendicular to a wall. The last thing you want is a crooked soffit and a series of differently cut acoustical ceiling tiles running along it. It’s amateurish and I’ll make you sit in the truck for the rest of the day if you get caught doing it!

Once I have located my soffit I determine how I am going to build it.

Build A Simple and Straightforward Soffit:

I use a caulk string...

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How to Install a Ceiling With Tongue & Groove Pine Soffit

Tongue & groove pine soffit is an excellent ceiling surface for a porch or interior .but don't require the special installation tools and materials that flooring does.

How to Install Floating Vinyl Flooring

There are two types of floating vinyl flooring: glued vinyl planks and luxury vinyl .the top edge of the plank, not from the edge of the glue strip, tongue or groove.

How to Install a Porch Ceiling

There are different kinds of porch ceilings, including basic plywood, beadboardand tongue-and-groove. attach the plywood with the Phillips-head deck screws, using the drill and drill bit. How to Install Vinyl Siding on a Porch Ceiling.

How to Fix Wood Floors That are Coming Unglued

Glued-down hardwood flooring is typically installed by applying a thick layer offloor glue to the subfloor. The tongue-and-groove strips of wood flooring are .

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Team BUILD is currently designing up an interior drop soffit on a residential project and, in working through the design, we’ve accumulated a healthy amount of data on the subject. Doing our research, we also noticed that there isn’t much info up on the web specific to interior architectural soffits. Basically the situation met all the criteria for a blog post, so here goes.

What is an interior drop soffit?
It’s a lowered portion of the ceiling in room; it can be structural or purely cosmetic.

What are the reasons for designing interior drop soffits into a room?

Defining space. The soffit’s material or geometry can define a space or function within a room. For instance a soffit in a dining room can define the area of seating or the dining room table. It can create a room within a room.

Making space intimate. Dropping the ceiling level a bit allows for a cozier space. For instance, a lower ceiling at sitting areas creates a more appropriate...

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Technically, a soffit is the underside of any element of a building. The word originates with the Latin suffigere, meaning "to fix underneath." So there are soffits on ceilings, stairs, and even cornices. The most common type, however, is found in the area under the eaves on the exterior of the house. The soffit extends from the side of the house to the edge of the eave and closes the space beneath the eave.

The dimensions of an eave soffit depend on the structure of the roof. A roof with a wide overhang will have a correspondingly wide soffit, sometimes up to 3 feet (0.9 m) wide. A roof with very little overhang will have a narrow underside, sometimes as little as 3 inches (7.6 cm).

The soffit is more vulnerable to weather damage than any other part of the house. Wet material rots, and the underside can be repeatedly soaked by water from torn shingles, damaged or rusted flashing, ice dams, or poorly functioning gutters. Squirrels and birds can also damage a soffit,...

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The thin sheets of wood that are glued together in layers, such that the wood grain is at a right angle to each other is called plywood. Different types of plywood are graded according to an engineered wood panel. You will find that the grades used are in the range of A, B, C, D and N. These gradings are based according to the number of blemishes on the plywood, indicating their quality. The best quality plywood is graded N, which is used very rarely. N grade is said to have the least number of blemishes, followed by A, B, C, and D. The plywood grades explained in detail in the following paragraphs will help you with your woodworking task better.

Grades of Plywood

As you have understood from the above paragraph, A, B, C, and D are the grades that are commonly used. When you have a look at the plywood, you will find the letter grades are printed in pairs. These grades explained here, will help you understand their hidden meaning. This means, if one side is printed with...

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Adding attic soffit vents under roof eaves.

Keeping your attic cooler in the summer can increase the life of the roof as well as saving money on your air conditioning bill. To effectively cool the attic, outside air needs to circulate through it. One solution is to use the natural circulation caused by hot air rising to bring fresh air into the attic through soffit vents under the eaves, then expel the hot air through ridge or gable vents near the peak of the roof.

The general rule of thumb on the amount of total attic vent space needed is to have at least one square foot of vent space for every 150 square feet of attic area. Ideally, half the vents should be located in the soffit at the bottom of the roof and half in gable or ridge vents near the top to allow for natural circulation of air through the attic.

To find out how many soffit vents you need to install:

Calculate the total vent area needed: Multiply the length of the attic times the width in feet...
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I'm installing new aluminum fascia, soffits, J trim, and L trim onto my garage. I've had no problem cutting the trim pieces with tin snips to do what I want but now its time to cut my soffits. I've got 12ft long pieces that need to be cut to various sizes. I've built myself a jig out of 2x4's that seems like it will work. I have set up a skilsaw with the blade on backwards as advised by more people/places than I can count. Now my question is, is the cut supposed to look so jagged? Here is a link to the picture of my first cut(ignore the far left corner, a small oops):

And just for kicks, I've included a picture of my jig rig for opinions:

And finally, the blade "shield" or whatever you call it on a skilsaw is going to be a pain. When I get half way through my piece, it makes contact at my starting point and I have to manually move it up(a...

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Builders and homeowners often discuss differences between plywood and particleboard. Neither one is superior to the other. Both have advantages and disadvantages. Cabinetmakers use both products depending on customer preferences. If you're building a set of cabinets, or having them built for you, educate yourself before making any decisions.

Beneath the Surface

You'll never notice what your cabinets are made from if you're not looking for it. Cabinets are almost always built with hardwood plywood and hardwood solids on the exterior. The interior jambs, bottoms, tops and shelves have the options of either fir plywood or particleboard. When stained and finished properly you'll never notice the difference unless you open the cabinets and examine them from the inside. So the visible differences between the two are really insignificant.

He Ain't Heavy

Plywood is lighter than particleboard. The differences in weight are significant. If your plan includes...

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By Todd Fratzel on Siding & Trim

Vinyl Beadboard Ceiling Details

Several readers have asked for more photos and details about how to install the ceiling as shown in this article. The following photos should help clarify quite a bit of the detail.

Details Outside Carrying Beam

The first photo to the right shows some of the details between the porch carrying beam and the exterior edge of the fascia. For this detail you’ll see the following from left to right:

Aluminum Gutters installed to the...
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ROOF VENT SOFFIT, CONTINUOUS - CONTENTS: Continuous soffit intake venting to Stop Attic Condensation, Ice Dam Leaks, Attic Mold, & Roof Structure Damage. How to detect roof venting deficiencies, attic insulation defects, and attic condensation problem POST a QUESTION or READ FAQs about attic moisture, condensation & ventilation: how to install soffit intake venting REFERENCES

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Roof Soffit or Eave Ventilation Specifications:

Continuous intake venting is desirable in vented roof designs.

This article describes how to properly inspect, place, and size ventilation air intakes at the lower edges of a building roof - its soffit, or eaves.

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Continuous High Capacity Eaves or Soffit Intake Venting Provides Adequate Intake Air Under...

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Without the generous help of family and friends, this owner-builder project would not have been possible.

People who have survived the building of their own homes often compare the experience to bearing and raising a child. There is the conception: A dream takes seed, planning begins. Next comes gestation: visible growth, a leap off the paper and into the soil. At birth, perhaps analogous to being "dried in," the house takes on a life of its own, autonomous but far from complete. Later, often much later for the owner-builder, there's the finished product—nurtured to capable, comfortable maturity.

But why such an odd-looking child—a house that looks like a mailbox, a loaf of bread, a pioneer wagon?

The notion for a barrel-vault structure (the accepted architectural handle for the "arch house" shape) came not from hoops and loops or my previous work with geodesic domes but from a rather unlikely source: Back in 1981, I noticed a classified ad offering (for an...

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Mixed exhaust vents: Wind turbines and ridge vent

People who know me hear this often: “Don’t Over-Think It”. Things are usually never as complicated as they seem. Of all the questions I get from customers, Attic Ventilation is probably the most misunderstood, and overcomplicated topic in the home efficiency/improvement area. So hear me now: “DON’T OVER-THINK IT”

Attic ventilation is VERY simple. You have HOLES in the bottom of your attic (usually soffit vents) and HOLES in the top of your attic (ridge vent, wind turbines, static vents or power fans). Ideally, air comes IN the bottom and OUT the top. It’s just like a chimney in your home. Pretty simple. Holes in bottom, holes in top…got it?

Think about this. If I came to your home today and started ripping out your soffits and cutting lots of holes in the top of your roof eventually the air temperature in the attic would get close to whatever the outside (ambient) air temperature is. Air temperatures would drop...

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UPDATED on April 8, 2016

Although the website already contains many articles on the topic, we continue to receive frequent questions about the best way to insulate a cathedral ceiling. It’s therefore time to pull together as much information on the topic as possible and publish it in one place, to clarify the building science issues and code requirements governing insulated sloped roofs.

In this blog, I’ll attempt to answer the following questions:

Does a cathedral ceiling need to be vented? What's the best way to build a vented cathedral ceiling? What's the best way to build an unvented cathedral ceiling? What do building codes require? What risky practices should be avoided?

What is a cathedral ceiling?

This article will discuss insulated sloped roofs. The methods described here can be used to build an insulated cathedral ceiling over a great room, a section of sloped roof above a kneewall, or any similar section of...

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In many areas of the country, hundreds of stucco-clad homes have suffered wall rot. Although building scientists are still researching the causes of wall rot behind stucco, it’s clear that all of these walls got wet and were unable to dry.

Among the reasons that have been proposed for the recent epidemic of stucco-clad homes with wall rot:

Many of the houses had OSB sheathingMaterial, usually plywood or oriented strand board (OSB), but sometimes wooden boards, installed on the exterior of wall studs, rafters, or roof trusses; siding or roofing installed on the sheathing—sometimes over strapping to create a rainscreen. , which is more susceptible to rot than plywood or board sheathing. Many of the houses had only one layer of Grade D paper or asphalt felt under the stucco rather than two. The homes lacked a ventilated air gap between the stucco and the sheathing. In many of the homes, interior polyethylene prevented the walls from drying to the interior. Many of the homes...
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