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Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

    • Hammer
    • Tape measure
    • Circular saw
    • Caulk gun
    • Drill/driver, cordless
    • Chalk line
    • Level
    • Drill bit set
    • Dust mask
    • Hearing protection
    • Hammer drill
    • Stepladder
    • Safety glasses
    • Sawhorses
    • Speed square
    • Utility knife
    • Tool belt

A table saw will make ripping the plywood soffits easier.

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

    • Extruded polystyrene insulation
    • Foam adhesive
    • Construction adhesive
    • Treated 2X4 lumber
    • 2X4 lumber
    • 2X2 lumber
    • 2-1/2 in. concrete screws
    • 1-5/8 in. screws
    • 1/2-in. plywood
    • 3-in. screws
    • Fiberglass insulation
    • 8d nails
    • 16d nails

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