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#293346 14-Jan-2022 17:14
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Asking on behalf of a friend. 


He's painting his house and has discovered some rot in wooden soffits, that a previous owner has obviously just painted over to hide the rot.







My guess is it got this way from a leaking roof, but that has been recently replaced, so the cause of the rot should (hopefully) be gone.




The rotten piece in the photo is one long, 3 or 4-metre length that is crumbling away. The rot is far, far beyond "scrape out the rotten bits, drench it in Metalex, and bog it" levels.




Would anyone have any bright ideas as to how this could be replaced without either lifting the roofing iron or removing the guttering? Both of these options are not realistic at the moment.

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  #2850967 14-Jan-2022 19:04
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I’d try removing all of the rotten plank (it’s probably gotta come out no matter what you do) and cut new soffit pieces to the length of the distances between adjacent rafters. Then fit the new pieces one by one on top of each rafter with each length overlapping half the width of each rafter. Fix the pieces in place with screws skewed up through the rafter and into the soffit piece - but not so far as to protrude through the new piece and impact the iron.


It might be a bit fiddly angling the new pieces up between the top of the rafter and the iron but the short lengths should help with that. It looks like the existing soffit might be tongue and groove but I’d just ignore that.



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