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Old 01-28-2018, 05:21 PM  
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Up near the upside-down V area, I tore down the paneling and such inside of the house and I see where a squirrel has chewed on either board in the V area above the eave vent as a way to get into the attic. This is in addition to the other areas where I have found that I believe to be holes, but they may be covered by the gray drywall-looking stuff that I see on the side wall. I pulled down some insulation above the vent area and found a couple of baby squirrels mixed in with it when it fell. They're still on the insulation. I could hear the mother outside making calls to them and running around on the roof.

Will mom go get them and take them somewhere else? Should I take them outside and put them on a window ledge or something? I wouldn't want them to fall off, but this squirrel and the babies can't stand in the attic, either.

Until I can change the boards outside (need to get a ladder that is tall enough for the 20+ feet height), I need to do something from the inside like screw a board up there to block the opening between the two V boards. I don't know for sure yet, but the gray board that I'm seeing affixed to the wall may cover up some of those holes that I see underneath the boards that pulled away from the house. If so, just the corner of the house needs to be fixed and this upper area. Apparently it was just coming in, going down through the insulation and into the wall behind the paneling. I have ripped off most of the paneling. I physically saw it trying to come in the hole at the corner of the house and it saw my light and went back out.

My main thing is...what the heck do I do about the baby squirrels? Now that I have moved things around and they aren't in the wall anymore, will mom move them somewhere else or just elsewhere in the attic? I haven't touched them with my hand. It is 54F outside and going down to about 43 tonight. Currently raining pretty hard. I didn't want to just chunk them outside. How would she watch them and build another nest somewhere at the same time? Their eyes are not open and they barely move, so I left them on the insulation and moved away sharp pieces of wood that would hurt them. Maybe tomorrow I will put them out on the window ledge for mom to pick up and take somewhere else, then seal the holes.

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I understand the caring for wild creatures but I would drown then just before I flushed them. I don't know anything about them moving their babies.
I would cover the inside with metal bug screen, The extra vent would not be a problem. On the outside a diamond shape or something could just be nailed over that gap at the peak would be the easiest.


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Move them outside and let nature take it's course.
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Alright, so I pulled that front corner board off from the house. I see some weird stuff, like where they basically broke a brick halfway into (roughly, at that) and backed it away from the corner. I understand that would have needed to go up with the brick to form the point of the house, but this doesn't look right to me. It looks like they did a "half brick" all the way up and that's the cause of a lot of the holes underneath the fascia board that I'm seeing.




On the front side, I see loose insulation at the floor level between the floor joists of the attic. So basically there's a board just nailed up there and nothing is even remotely trying to keep air/insects out. If I change the fascia boards, is there some kind of proper moisture barrier that I can up up behind the fascia board to keep water from getting in?

I'm planning to add a downspout at the front with a small gutter piece to catch the water running off from the size.

The large bottom fascia board is apparently 7 1/4" wide.

I didn't see that in the store. I see 1 x 10, which is technically 9 1/4" x 3/4". The board is a little wider and would come and cover the gaps in the bricks created by the existing fascia.

The smaller top fascia running underneath the shingles is 3 1/4" wide. I couldn't even find anything of that same design/shape at places like Home Depot. We don't have "lumber yards" and such around here.

Where do people find this stuff? Then apparently none of the wood is treated and you just have to paint and prime it yourself to make it waterproof.

Finally, I'm trying to figure out what in the heck I'm going to do about this hole that they made at the V point:


Literally, the only thing that I could get in there so far has been mesh wire, which I can't really secure. I can't even reach in there with a drill to seal it with boards and screws.




When I go to change out the fascia on the outside, is there some kind of moisture barrier that I can put up to keep water from basically blowing in sideways and going behind the new fascia boards? There's no barrier behind there, just bare bricks with open holes that lead right to the wall board and joists. That's a pretty serious problem. Granted, the house is from 1950, so I guess that's "normal" in this neighborhood.
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For the screening I would go with galvanized much easier to deal with.
For facsia up here we us a wood that is combed to make it look like a rough cut but it is pre primed white with oil based primer on all sides. All the yards carry it including the depot and Lowes.
And it comes in all sizes because it used for all the trim on a house. And no it is not pressure treated.

Best you ask what they use down there.

On the gable ends there is a good chance there is nothing to nail to. they may be nailed thru the roof board down into the facsia.???

Our standard fascia for gables is 2x10 and 1x4
On the tails of the rafters we just do a regular 2x4 that is completely hidden with the gutter. Some Higher end house get a 2x8 fascia behind the gutter. Adds little to the house except more painting.
Not sure which holes you were saying were subject to water but the water does want to stopped but air holes are good just stoop the bugs and critters with screening.

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Not sure which holes you were saying were subject to water but the water does want to stopped but air holes are good just stoop the bugs and critters with screening.
I have since covered that hole in the V from the inside of the attic with a couple of small pieces of plywood custom cut to fit it. I screwed outward from the inside and through the fascia board, which should have kind of pulled the bottom part of the fascia back towards the house a little bit.

Basically all of the holes are what I was referring to. If I pulled any fascia board off, you could see directly into the attic. No wall board in between. No moisture barrier behind the fascia.
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I have since covered that hole in the V from the inside of the attic with a couple of small pieces of plywood custom cut to fit it. I screwed outward from the inside and through the fascia board, which should have kind of pulled the bottom part of the fascia back towards the house a little bit.

Basically all of the holes are what I was referring to. If I pulled any fascia board off, you could see directly into the attic. No wall board in between. No moisture barrier behind the fascia.
If you have o wood behind the facsia, you don't want to pull them off as then you will be working under shingles on the roof. Anything major like that should be done when roof is being replaced.
I would not worry about water going up in there your big concern would be critters and bugs.. You might consider just a 1x2 or 1x3 under the facial over to the brick Then you could caulk the joint to the brick. If you did that you would want the 1x2 to be just shy of flush with the facsia so water would not be beating on that joint.


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