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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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Yes. What he was talking about was the "water-resistive barrier." (WRB) This is typically Tyvek housewrap (a kind of vapor-permeable plastic) or grade D building paper (tar-soaked paper). All wood-framed buildings need one of these, or else any water that penetrates the siding can contact the sheathing, and will quickly rot it out and infiltrate inside. All ...


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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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Even though the panels snap to each other they are nailed to the wall at the top edge of the panel. So it's probably a good idea to nail it back. Just make sure it's a little loose because the panels expand and shrink a lot depending on outside temperature.


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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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The actual code requirements depend on your municipality/authority having jurisdiction (AHJ). Also, keep in mind the requirements in lots of places were different several years ago. Some places vinyl siding did not require a wrb below it. However, the current best practices are that you generally need a vapour barrier, air barrier, insulation, weather ...


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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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I would drill a slightly larger hole and run the wire thru pvc conduit. It will protect the wire from accidental damage from a weedwacker, lawnmower etc. I think look cleaner and more professional.


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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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Cutting the vinyl siding is easy. A hole saw, tin snips, etc, will slice right through it. When we cut with a circular saw, we often install the blade backwards to minimize ripping and tearing of the vinyl. That said, the hole is the least of your effort. You need to be sure the weather stripping and siding itself is properly done to keep the siding water ...


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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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I use a brush and pole for washing RV's. The pole is a telescoping one usef for painting. I stand on a tall stepladder and the combination can reach pretty high. Lowes had the RV brush. So I spray on some soap, brush, and then rinse.


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Try something inexpensive and simple first, like dish soap or carwash soap and a brush-on-a-stick. Both dish soap and carwash soap are designed to remove sticky biological goo from relatively hard non-porous surfaces like vynil.


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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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The hole saw will do the job. You don't need a perfectly clean cut here because your vent cover will hide the hole. But - ideally - drill your pilot hole from inside, then drill thru from the outside with the hole saw.


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Rustoleum sells a mold/mildew-proof paint called Perma-White. They also sell a fungicide (Tiabendazole) additive called ADD-2 you can mix into your preferred paint. Either of those should at least help some.


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The way you suggested will be fine. On the exterior, make sure to leave a drip loop in the wire in order to prevent water from running down the cable. Drill the hole high enough so that standing water next to the foundation won't leak into the hole.


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Pine has been the traditional siding in the Northeastern US for several hundred years (along with cedar shingles). Painting is the standard protection. While numerous products are lower maintenance, if you have the skill (not too much required) and time to keep it up (a good bit required), it should be fine.


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Pine is a poor choose for siding in the northeast, and it is far more expensive than spec grade vinyl siding. Even though pine is used often for trim, when it is used to side an entire building expect the following problems. Wider boards, 1/2 X 6 and larger have a habit of checking and cupping when exposed to prolonged heat and moisture. Exterior pine needs ...


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Honestly, I'd use nothing. The problem is if you ever remove the screw, then the hole needs to be filled. Mount the bracket high-up, tucked under a lap, so you don't buckle the siding while installing it. Check both ends of the siding for play first. Affixed in the middle with room on both sides, it should be fine. Use screws with a fully threaded shank; ...


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Agreed with the research you found. Most vinyl siding, if installed correctly, will not require caulk at the sides of the windows and doors. Often there is actually a separate vinyl piece installed first at the side of the window that the ends of the siding tuck into. You are supposed to leave a gap at the end of the siding pieces to permit expansion and ...


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The short answer is that there isn't an alternative that will yield an acceptable degree of effectiveness. Vinyl siding is not intended to create a moisture barrier, and attempting to create a moisture barrier with it could potentially exacerbate the problem by trapping water underneath it. This is almost always specified in the installation instructions ...


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I would peel back a piece of siding and then drill a whole that comes out near its bottom edge. I would then notch out the bottom lip so that the wire comes out and the siding can snap back on. If you go low enough, you might be able to come out behind the bottom piece of siding then then just go out the bottom of it.



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