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Adding a brick facade to the lower front of your house may not be as easy as you may think. Your contractor may have issues with installing a footing to support the weight and proper backing to attach the brick ties, not to mention building out all the window and door jams to match the new depth. This could be a very expensive change. As far as adding ...


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You can probably get away with a weather proof box on top of the siding, but here's the full procedure to make it look nice. Vinyl siding can be pulled off and later reattached. To remove it, you need a siding removal tool that has a flat blade with a small hook on the end. You shove it up the gap between two pieces of siding and then pull to separate them. ...


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Wouldn't have believed it if I hadn't seen it. I wish I took before/after pics. Bought: Jomax Clorox Outdoor Put in a garden sprayer designed for bleach according to instructions on Jomax: 3/4 cups Jomax 2 1/4 cups bleach 13 cups water For 75% of the siding, I applied the mixture, then rinsed after 5 minutes. A number of sections needed a ...


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The nice thing about renting a place is that you don't own it. Problems with the house are really the owner's problem, not yours. If it were me, especially in the situation you've described, I'd call the landlord and say, 'Hey - come clean this crap up'. I certainly wouldn't invest in supplies or materials to do it. Take a look at your lease/rental ...


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The vinyl-siding manufacturers make special attachments for mounting receptacle boxes, with trim rings to seal against the siding. The attachments are the same or similar to what is used for railings and faucets: For small fixtures, it is also possible to just cut a hole for it in the regular siding (and presumably seal with silicone), as shown in the ...


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Yes, you can paint it. Make sure you clean it very well (use a TSP Cleaner) and then use a primer first (although some sites say you can get away without a primer). Also make sure to paint it a lighter color than the current one: I assume you're painting with a lighter color paint - vinyl siding painted a dark color can have problems with ...


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You need vapour barrier (the plastic you put up before drywall) and air barrier. To count as an air barrier you stop air flow by using sheathing tape on: OSB joints and edges Vapour Barrier (this is most common) Tyvek Housewrap seams (becoming more common) Some people think that you only need a vapour barrier or that the vapour barrier is also an air ...


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Arlington Fittings makes an electrical box and or special adapter for siding. While the box picture makes the mounting self evident, here's a specification sheet and here's an installation video. I think to purchase you would have to get through an electrical wholesaler. Usually we are supposed to give you a good description of how to use the suggested ...


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They sell outdoor boxes that you could use Which you could add different waterproof covers to I would add silicon or some other sealant to the back of the box when you mount it. These can be secured right to the sheeting behind the siding.


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It's mostly aesthetics, so opinions may vary. I don't what your budget is, but I see many ways it could be improved: The white siding part could be changed to match the beige siding to the right, or if the foundation allows it, replace the white siding with the same brick as the rest. The white door could be painted (or changed altogether) to match the ...


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If you can remove one panel carefully you might find the manufacturer stamp on the back. It will narrow down the search down a little bit. Otherwise just a small sample would be nice to have when visit the stores. I've seen websites on the web that identify manufactures based on the sample that you send. Both Lowe's and Home Depot sell some vynil siding. Not ...


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I would recommend reading up on vinyl siding. It's really not as maintenance free as its manufacturers claim - it fades and becomes brittle. And unlike wood it can't really be repaired. Not to mention it looks pretty ugly and fake. Also if your house has any architectural details, then they would probably be covered up by the vinyl installation, ...


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For my money and best looks, (if the wood is mostly sound) I would scrape and convert to an solid stain.. Won't peel, can be refreshed over old stain with minor prep (compared to paint) Fiber cement siding would be my second choice, best durability, low maintenance, bit higher initial cost Vinyl is not a personal favorite, would depend on what the ...


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Instead of the maximum pressure that won't damage the vinyl, find the lowest pressure that will clean it. Stay back from the siding a good distance and use a dispersing nozzle (one that fans out the water) to further reduce the pressure and to make the job go faster. Be sure to spray from above and in the direction that the siding overlaps so that you don't ...


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If installed correctly, either 1-wyth brick veneer or even thin brick (with the proper corner pieces) can be almost indistinguishable from "real brick" or at least "brick & block" which is about as close to full brick as anything gets these days. But why spend all that money on the first floor, then cover the second floor with something as cheap as vinyl ...


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The siding needs to remain free to expand and contract. So cutting at least a slot , then hanging something through that would work, but would be unsightly, and would leak water through the hole. So I think that finding some kind of gasket or trim piece (such as is found where your vents protrude through siding) and trimming with J-channel all around it ...



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