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What is this exterior wall feature?

What is the purpose of this horizontal feature around the perimeter of the building at about elbow height? Is it purely aesthetic trim? Does it add useful stiffening to the walls or have some other ...
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Rigid foam board vs Tyvek under new siding

We are looking at getting new siding here in zone 5 Iowa. Our house was built in 1979 and has 2x4 walls. I have seen that if we add rigid foam insulation we need to use at a minimum of R-5. Do we need ...
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Was my gutter installed improperly?

I got into a project this weekend that involved removing the siding and getting into my wall from the exterior to fix a plumbing leak. Upon doing so, I noticed much of the framing wood above the ...
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The siders face nailed the siding at the top, I'm assuming there is a much better way to do this?

This job was done last year and I've noticed so many issues. Now that it's spring and I'm outside more I'm noticing even more like this. I'm assuming the correct way to do this is with undersill trim ...
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How to fix wood shingle that's coming up?

Had the house power-washed today in preparation for an exterior paint job. Afterwards I noticed a couple of the wood siding shingles popping up a bit (see below). Presumably they knocked them out of ...
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Techniques for repairing asbestos siding with GAF Weatherside fiber cement?

My older (1930s) home is covered with asbestos siding over tar paper sheathing. Some of the siding is cracked/missing and some of the tar paper beneath it is torn. At present I can't re-side the ...
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Waterproofing garage with wood siding on concrete slab

I am looking for ways to waterproof the bottom of my garage. Last year I removed a concrete dog run that the previous owner had. Now, the wood is directly against the earth (with everything melting ...
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Do I need house wrap if I'm installing ridgid foam?

I am replacing vinyl siding that was installed over old wood dutch-lap siding. Currently there is 1/4 rigid foam installed over the wood siding, which I imagine is needed for creating a flat nailing ...
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Do I have a moisture problem with my soffit?

Looking underneath my gutter, I noticed that the soffit is a bit discolored looking. Looks kind of like mildew or moisture marks. Does this just need some tender-loving-care or do I have a more ...
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Window flange obstructing J-channel, does it serve a purpose?

I ordered a custom window through a Norandex distributer. I was going to J-channel around the whole window to accept some vinyl siding. However, there's this little appendage in each corner of the ...
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Installing shower niche on outside wall

I am thinking about installing niche on outside wall. One of my concerns I have is that if siding needs to be changed, during installation of the new one, nails can go through the plywood and ...
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Can I replace a single piece of aluminum siding?

I bent the bottom piece of aluminum siding while reroofing a deck to install the roof to wall flashing. I have replacement pieces of the siding on hand. Is it possible to replace just the bottom piece ...
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Exterior siding rot

Can anyone please tell me what this type out outdoor siding is called. It looks like wood but it’s not. We need to replace portions of it. Thank you!
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What Type of Siding is this?

I know this is a dumb question, but I'm having trouble finding siding that looks like this. I assume its wood given it is rotting near the roof, but I don't see any splinters. Instead it is coming ...
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Should I seal these openings in the siding that were cut for the electrical wire?

We had our siding replaced and I noticed that where they cut it for the electrical, cable, and car charger that it's not sealed but I feel like it should be or water is just going to run down and get ...
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How to caulk James Hardie panel (not plank) siding?

Most people have Plank Siding on their walls. I have what I think is called Panel siding. You can see some of the seams have separated, how do I caulk these? In most videos of plank siding there is ...
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Vinyl siding on concrete walls

I have to install vinyl siding on an exterior wall built from concrete blocks. Anyone have any tips on correctly weatherproofing and insulating? I was thinking to lay 3/4 EPS rigid insulation then 1/4 ...
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How to Remove Sprinkler Stains from Vinyl Siding

I have a sandpoint well that is used by my sprinkler system. I've noticed that the sprinklers leave a white residue on my siding that I have not been able to get off. I did some research online and ...
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What to install over the drywall to protect it from the elements [closed]

So my contractor installed USG Sheetrock Brand drywall which we plan to install vinyl siding over on an ADU. The inspector said it should be mold & moisture resistant so we should have used Gold ...
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Exterior house paint has weird streaks coming from cracks. What is this?

I have a wood siding house. House was built in 1955, and exterior of the house was painted in the past decade (though not sure exactly when). The east side of my house has some cracks forming in the ...
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Can I use zbar and trim to fill a 6" gap at the bottom of siding for my shed/workshop?

So I'd prefer to use 4x8' sheets of the siding as they're available and affordable. Because I want my walls as high as possible I'd prefer to use 96' studs but with the top and bottom plates that ...
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How do I install flashing about an existing window?

I have two windows on one side of my house, with one directly above the other as pictured below. During rain storms, water rolls directly off the top one on to the bottom one. Water gets into the ...
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Measuring Jamb Depth for New Construction Windows

I am building a detached garage that is not going to be insulated, however I would like the option to insulate in the future if needed. Also, I am going to use 7/8" corrugated siding on the ...
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Should I "weather" cedar siding before painting it?

A few years ago I had a handyman replace a few rotten siding boards with cedar. He recommended that I wait a couple months before painting the boards. I don't recall his reasoning, but I remember he ...
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Question on security of hose bib

I have only turned on the water for this bib once, but am afraid to use it regularly in the event that it has a leak on the inside. Additionally, the bib is unsecured to the wall. I have seen this ...
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Hardietrim/fiber cement for window trim on stucco

I have some leftover hardietrim from a side of a wall we accented with hardieplank. The rest of our house is stuccoed. We'd like to accent our windows that are on these stucco walls with trim. In lieu ...
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Do I need to caulk where my roof meets the siding?

I'm not sure if the seam needs to be caulked where the roof meets my wood siding. There are some areas where it looks like it was once caulked but the majority of it does not look caulked. Should the ...
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Does vinyl siding require J-channel around windows?

While remodeling an older wooden house, we decided to put vinyl siding. The workers put up the siding but when it come to the windows, they didn’t use any trimming, no j channels, nothing. The siding ...
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How Should I Reuse or Replace this Ductless Lineset Cover?

Should I insist on a new line set for this ductless mini split replacement? How should I do the lineset cover given that the current setup can't be easily opened? The ductless mini AC at our Cabin ...
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Daylight basement remodel, found mold on what appears to be drywall between exterior siding and studs. Do we need to remove ALL the siding to repair?

While working on removing paneling in the daylight basement, we discovered mold on what appears to be black papered drywall in between the exterior siding and the studs. This was pointed out during ...
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Is this EIFS or hard-coat stucco over foam?

EDIT: Updated with new photos, details The light blue stuff is foam. The wire is metal. The base coat looks and feels like real concrete. My home inspector said he suspects EIFS. I brought in a ...
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housewrap without removing siding

I'm adding an ADU in an old shop building that is sided with quarter-sawn tongue and groove siding. I really would prefer not to remove the siding, but I would like to seal the gaps between the T&...
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Do I need to replace existing fiberboard sheathing when I replace my siding?

My home was built in 1978. It is sheathed with a black fiber board. The home needs to be resided. The aluminum siding finish is flaking off. In some places it is down to the metal. Will the black ...
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bump in the siding

There is a bump in the siding of our building. I would like to know what could cause that and how to fix it. I don't know if it is only something esthetic or more serious. The siding is a made of wood ...
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Updated How to secure electric mast to wooden siding

I need to secure a 10 feet service mast that will past through the roof on the outside. From grade to top of roof is just over 10 feet. Utilities company has stipulated that the mast must be at least ...
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What type of screws should I use to attach a sign to fiber cement siding?

My house has fiber cement siding and I want to attach a decorative sign to the siding. I'm told that I need a carbide tip drill bit to make a clean cut. But what type of screws should I use? And what ...
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What's the best house wrap to use underneath hardiplank (fiber cement) sidings? [closed]

We live on a busy street near Midtown Atlanta and are currently having our home renovated. We're going to replace the wood sidings with HardiPlanks (fiber cement) sidings. What house wrap would be ...
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How are attached buildings air sealed together?

I am a condo owner in a building that is structurally independent but abuts directly against another building. As a result the 2 buildings move somewhat as they settle or have changes in temperature. ...
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What kind of siding is this?

I need help identifying the siding in the picture. I like the style a lot. Fwiw this house is in the middle Atlantic on an area that has a decent bit of humidity and moderate winters. Overview: ...
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How can I repair rotten siding around my hose spigot?

I was getting ready to repaint a siding board with peeling paint, when I realized there was quite a bit of rotten wood around the hose spigot that goes through the plank. Below are some pictures from ...
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Solution to the recommended 2" roof gap for Hardie siding

So, I'm aware that Hardie recommends a 2" gap between the roof line when installing around a dormer. However, I find this gap to be rather extreme and makes for a strange look. I have also ...
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How to remove side vinyl from the window

I live in a cold place. I already have double sided window but unfortunately, they are massive and basically make up the whole living room, thus making the living room very cold. I bought more double ...
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Removing deck frame attached to siding

I'm in the process of removing an old deck attached to my house in an effort to replace it with stairs and a paver patio. I've gotten most of it torn down and removed, but I'm wondering what the best ...
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Can I make a raised flowerbed against my siding?

I want to make a slightly raised flowerbed at the front of my house. The flowerbed would be about 9 inches high and made out of landscaping blocks for the front edge/wall. The issue is that it would ...
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How to properly refinish & maintain exterior siding behind circuit panel

I have a cabin in a four season climate. The exterior siding is western bevel cedar (horizontal, overlapping boards). The circuit panel is located on the exterior of the house, mounted against the ...
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Attach stone veneer evenly to irregularly shaped foundation

I'm planning to attach stone or stone veneer to the bottom 2–3' of my house. At the front of my house, the poured concrete foundation is about 3' tall. Halfway from the front (toward the back), the ...
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Attaching cable company service wire to side of house

Currently, the various cable company wires that are attached to the side of my house are a mess, and I'm looking to clean them up before our house is painted in the near future. One of them is ...
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When installing wood siding, do I need to leave a gap to accommodate expansion?

I'm preparing to put up rhombus shaped wood siding on a shed. It's 148mm x 20mm. I'm concerned about expansion across the grain as the siding gets humid, wet, etc. What is the proper way to install ...
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What is this metal roof trim that was torn loose by a storm?

Heard a banging, couldn’t put my finger on it while I was up in the attic but I found out where in the house it was. Walked outside and found the culprit. It’s the metal trim, perhaps this is the ...
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Garage belly board needs fixing

My garage was built quite a while ago, and the belly boards need some fixing. They are either seeping moisture into the garage or leaking from cracks. I'm wondering if people think I should replace ...
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