Soffit vent hole minimum
a_rainbow
May 1, 2013 in Design Dilemma
This is sort of a continuous convo from earlier. But to keep it short, I have "paint the vinyl"option hat shaped cont. vents from tamlyn in metallics paint or it came to my attention my dad at local sheet metal workers could bend up perforated metal in profile I want. It's pricier but one way, I have cost of vinyl plus paint, the other is galvanized already metal bent with no cost of paint. Then my family discount puts me less so I could do that but perforated metal holes are 3/16".

Are those holes too big for keepin' buggies etc out?
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kimdee24
How big are the bugs in Alaska? :)
May 1, 2013 at 4:00pm   
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a_rainbow
:-) our first batch of Mosquitos... Which aren't here yet with all this winterness still around (!!!!) are huge. But I suppose I worry most about bees and hives?
May 1, 2013 at 4:03pm   
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kimdee24
Hmm... isn't the internet wonderful? Somewhere, someone has asked the question "what is the smallest hole a bee can get through" ! Hope it helps... not sure about mosquitos, but I'm guessing they prefer to breed in wet places anyhow.
http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?244943-Smallest-Hole-A-Bee-Can-Get-Through
May 1, 2013 at 4:24pm     
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a_rainbow
Ah haaaa... I was hoping for 1/8" holes to be honest. The tamlyn vinyl sample has a little less than 1/8" so I figured I'd be pushing it. I have a bunch of leftover mesh from garage vents we made (that I don't like) and I could apply that to inside if metal. Not sure how.. Screw...glue... But since its a bunch leftover its no added cost.
May 1, 2013 at 4:27pm   
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a_rainbow
(Thanks kimdee24)
May 1, 2013 at 4:31pm   
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kimdee24
Anytime! Glad I could help.
May 1, 2013 at 5:37pm   
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Ironwood Builders
baumer, Line the tops of the hat channel with insect screen. I need to think about how it is held on...talk to your dad and the sheet metal guys and get some ideas too!
May 1, 2013 at 9:00pm     
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Ironwood Builders
Pop rivets and washers?
May 1, 2013 at 9:02pm     
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a_rainbow
I mentioned above ^^ in my own comment about bug mesh on inside of soffit on top of 3/16" but then I remembered I've gotten a scrap of perforated metal from them before (inserted in a frame and made my own vent when we yanked the fan and used for HRV... Bought cheap frame and took glass out . I was quite proud of myself!) anyway.. So I called back and yes! They have 3/32"! So I think that prob is solved! Galv hat shaped continuous soffit vents... Check!✔
May 1, 2013 at 9:23pm     
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