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Gable vent "holes"

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Hey there...this is my first post.  I'm a retired designer (who didn't just do the fou-fou stuff), who is FINALLY remodeling our own house after 15 years of living here.  Built in 1926 in an English Cottage style, like many aging beauties, the old girl had a baaaaaad face-lift in the 80's.  Not only was it a three-story architectural abomination but the then-owner's son, who apparently did the remodel, clearly had NO idea what he was doing and it looks like he got his materials from dumpsters. (Think patchwork quilt).  It's amazing that it has withstood 30 years, including the '89 quake here in the Bay Area.   We are basically rebuilding without completely demo-ing it.  New windows, stucco, roof....and the list goes on.  As you can imagine, it has been opening Pandora's box.  When she's done, though, she will be a Country French hottie where my hubby and i plan to live out our days.

My question (at least for now!) is regarding gable vents.  The giant round louvered (and contrast painted!?) "portholes" are finally gone.  I would like to have simple "holes" in the stucco...not exactly like the terra-cotta pipes, which I think reads "Spanish", but a simple pattern of small rectangular shapes where it looks like a brick is missing.  The areas will have a smooth stucco finish.   It sounds like the most simple thing in the world but I am unsure as to the construction.  Has anyone done this? 


California fires. (post #215382, reply #1 of 4)

Various jurisdictions in Calif. have some very strict fire codes that apply to attic vents. Even if you are not in one of these areas you should look into manufactured vents that prevent flame and ember infiltration. I can't recommend any on in particular.

Thanks....certainly worth (post #215382, reply #3 of 4)

Thanks....certainly worth looking into.  I guess what I was hoping for is something that is already pre-fab in this configuration, since the "terra-cotta pipes" are widely available.

In addition to the fire code (post #215382, reply #2 of 4)

In addition to the fire code issues, you obviously need to sceen the vents to keep out birds, squirrels, mice, and bugs.

Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well-warmed, and well-fed.  --Herman Melville

Oh, absolutely!   And it (post #215382, reply #4 of 4)

Oh, absolutely!   And it needs to be thick enough so it can't be chewed through!