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Hole in my attic/roof

Recently I have been hearing a scratching noise in my attic. I climbed the stairs poked my head in and looked around. There is a visible hole to the outside. A day or two later, I heard baby birds chirping for mommy. What in the world do I do? I have back injuries and don't know how easily I can climb across the rafters to get to the edge. Is is better repaired from outside (second story)? What is the most effective, safe and easy way to fix this?

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Using what you saw as a reference look on the outside is the hole visible? You may need a set of binoculars to help you spy the hole. Here's a good diagram showing the different parts of a roof: Glossary of Roofing Terms

If the hole is within the soffit you'll need a ladder to remove the rotted wood and apply a new piece. You'll need to also investigate why the wood rotted in the first place. In any case you'll likely need to pull away the insulation as it's likely wet from the attic.

If the roofing its self got damaged from wind or ice dams you'll likely need a roofer.

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Thank you very much! Sounds reasonable, I think I can do that. I will take your advice.


If the repair estimate is to high, it is probably covered under your home owners policy.


Good tip! Thank you very much mayer :-)


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