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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
    • Clamps
    • Miter saw
    • Tape measure
    • Caulk gun
    • Drill/driver, cordless
    • Drill bit set
    • Framing square
    • Hearing protection
    • Jigsaw
    • Safety glasses
    • Utility knife
    • Tin snips
    • Table saw

Required Materials for this Project

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

    • One 8-ft. cedar 4x4 (actual size is 3-1/2 x 3-1/2 in.)
    • Three 10-ft. cedar 2x6s
    • One 8-ft. 2x2 (1-1/2 x 1-1/2 in.)
    • One 4x8 sheet of 3/8-in. plywood
    • One 4x8 sheet of 3/4-in. pressure-treated plywood
    • Four 8-ft. pieces of brick mold
    • Four 12 x 12-in. vinyl or aluminum gable vents. The dimensions refer to the louvered area, not the vent's frame. Our 12 x 12-in. vents measured 14-1/2 x 14-3/4 in.
    • One bundle of shingles
    • One 10-ft. long roll of aluminum flashing
    • Galvanized screws (1-1/4, 2 and 3 in.), 1/2-in. self-tapping sheet metal screws, 1-in. galvanized nails, 3/4-in. roofing nails, construction adhesive, acrylic caulk, roof cement (two tubes).

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