Fascia board does not match/mate


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Old 07-21-11, 08:39 PM
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Fascia board does not match/mate

I am planning on having my house repainted - stucco. But all the trim is 2x wood. I really don't care about the rest of them, but the very front of my house above the garage has boards sloppily put together. Can I do something about it, less replacing both boards?
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Old 07-22-11, 05:26 AM
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Caulking the joints will help a lot. You could go 1 step further and plane the bottom edge so it matches better. As a painter, I've always caulked joints like that but you might want to check with your painter to make sure he will. Both paint and solid stain will cover the caulking, a semi-transparent stain will not.
 
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Old 07-22-11, 07:21 PM
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Thanks marksr,

that's what I was thinking, getting both boards to the same width. I just don't know how to plane it. Should I use the circular saw and clamp another 2x4 to my fascia? Should i use the router? Caulking for sure will help the face part of it but will not help hiding the "step".
Sometime you just wish you'd be there when they built it, just to smack that guy right before he put this kind of "work" up.
 
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Old 07-23-11, 05:49 AM
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I'd use a plane to correct the unevenness. A saw would be faster but it's too easy to mess it up..... and it's a lot easier to take more off than add some on

You'd be surprised how far caulk and paint [or solid stain] will go in making the bad joint less noticeable.
 
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Old 07-24-11, 08:25 PM
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Thanks again,

I have a hard time imagining how to take down those boards, if I would I'd just gotten new ones and be done with it. I suspect that current fascia is half-eaten by termites anyway. The reason I feel uneasy about removing it, because I recently got a new metal roof and it looks like the plywood they used for the sheeting is attached to those fascia boards from the top. I really don't want to mess up that roof
 
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Ya, 1x fascia boards are generally nailed to the 2x that's nailed to both the rafters and the roof decking. On a house like yours [and mine] a larger 2x was used so they could skip a step. I believe if you was to just caulk and paint [or solid stain] the gaps - they wouldn't be as noticeable.

The plane I was talking about is a hand plane - like you would use to shave down the edge of a door.
 
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Old 07-25-11, 07:48 PM
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Ah,
I see. I never used one like that so....
Maybe I can find someone that has and and willing to lend it to me. If not, I will shave off a little of that edge with hand saw and than caulk.
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