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How can I install r-max insulation on the interior side of a cinderblock wall?

I am planning on insulating the lower level of my house with R-Max in a method similar to this: I have a few question about it though: Can I use something other than Treated wood as this is ...
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Should I use water-resistant lumber for siding?

Our house has a frame exterior, and rests on a pier-and-beam foundation with a brick chainwall around the sides. We recently had the house leveled, and that resulted in a gap of several inches ...
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What's the best way to reattach a piece of siding?

I just noticed I have a piece of HardiePlank® that is coming off the side of my house. What would be the best way to reattach it? I have no experience with the stuff, but it seems like a simple diy ...
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What type of wood siding should I use for a shed?

What kinds of inexpensive wood siding, suitable for a shed, are commonly available in the U.S.? I checked Lowe's and Home Depot, but all they had was a single type of barn-style shiplap. I had ...
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How do I prepare aging cedar siding for staining/painting?

I have a home with old, somewhat damaged, cedar siding. I believe the siding was put on in the early 90s making it about 20 years old. On more than one side there are places were you can see the ...
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What is the best way to cut metal siding for soffit vents accurately?

I need to add a bunch of soffit vents to my eves, and I have (decorative?) metal siding such as in the picture. I need to do this quickly in the next few weeks before winter. What's the best way to ...
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How high should the siding be above ground level?

To word the question another way, how much of the foundation wall needs to be exposed below the siding? My neighbor isn't the best at home projects and decided to install a brick pad so that the soil ...
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Is there a way to treat wood siding that is safe to burn?

I'm considering putting real wood siding on, and would like to be able to burn the wood in the fireplace when it reaches the end of its life. I don't want to burn paint or anything else that produces ...
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What's the best way to seal around this faucet?

This faucet is not hooked up to a live pipe, but it still sticks out the side of my 110 year old house. The siding is fiber cement containing asbestos (and no, I'm not worried about working with it). ...
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When re-siding a house, where should I start?

My wife and I just bought our first house and it has some rather old aluminum siding. It's a smaller house (~ 1400 sq. ft.). We'd like to switch to wood siding, but we honestly have no idea where to ...
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Attaching a pergola (or deck) to vinyl siding

Building a structure which is attached to a house usually involves a plate which is bolted to the existing building, typically a 2x8, or 2x10. I understand how to structurally attach this, my concern ...
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Buying and installing vinyl siding

My house has vinyl siding. I am considering installing vinyl siding on a shed also. How do I find siding to match what I already have on my house? (It is only a year or two old, but installed by ...