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Is my plan to safely remove asbestos siding sound?

After reading a some other questions I haven't found an answer similar enough for what I'm thinking about doing. So here goes. Full disclosure up front. Before I even touch a single siding shingle, ...
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How can I seal 8 inch round holes in my siding?

There is a nor'Easter coming today. What's a quick fix? My first home and just closed a few days ago! Help please. The hole is 8 inches in diameter or so.
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How do I repair/prevent woodpecker holes in cedar siding?

What is the best way to patch woodpecker holes and deter the woodpeckers from returning? I was thinking of filling the holes with Great Stuff, having the house sprayed inside/outside for insects and ...
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Does siding rot propagate upwards?

Parts of the bottom of my siding have rotten (images attached). The wood feels soft to touch and breaks easily. The cause of the problem is probably dripping water from rain (I am not sure about this)....
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Hang 20lb projector screen on Hardieplank

The siding on my house is Hardieplank cement fiber board. I have a 20lb manual pull down projector screen that I would like to hang onto the side of my house to create an outdoor theater. The studs ...
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Advantages to quotes from Lowe's/Home Depot vs direct from contractors?

I am looking to have vinyl siding installed on my home. Are there any advantages to getting a quote from Lowe's or Home Depot instead of contacting contractors directly? It seems that this is just ...
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How can I fill the gaps between barn wood siding boards?

I want to better weatherproof an old shed that has barn wood siding. Most of the boards have a gap between them, and these gaps can be as wide as 3/8" although most are more like 1/4". The boards ...
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Should I replace old wooden siding with brick?

I'll say first, that this isn't a question about DIY, but more about the idea and whether we should go through with it. We bought our first house last year, and in the Spring this year, we are ...
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Is it stupid to replace redwood siding with Hardi board or LP SmartSide?

Our house was built in 1922, and due to some ongoing exterior water damage due (I think) to poor gutters and some ice dam damage after this past horrible Minnesota winter, we have been getting some ...
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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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How can I replace the siding on my garage when its on the property line, and 12" adjacent to another structure?

My garage is right on the property line, and my so is my neighbors. Its not a shared wall, but the two are about a 1 foot (maybe 1.5 feet) apart. Its not enough room for me to squeeze back there. ...
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How can I install a frost-free outdoor faucet with very little space?

On one side of my house, the previous owner frequently forgot to shut off the outdoor water during the winter. Given that my house is in Minnesota, it gets cold during the winter, and he had to ...
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How should I fill in decorative “gashes” in wood siding?

Our house has old siding with decorative holes: At first I thought this might be termite damage but a house inspector examined it and confirmed that this is purely decorative style. I'd like to ...
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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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Cutting a hole in asbestos/cement siding

I'm thinking of buying a house. The outside is covered with asbestos siding. The house was built in the 1920s, but I have no idea how old the siding is. I know that this stuff is supposed to be safe ...
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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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Should I add a vapor barrier when re-siding?

I am removing the siding on my house in Montana, which was built in 1964. From inside out I have sheetrock, 4" studs with R-11 paper backed fiberglass insulation and gypsum board sheathing. I want ...
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What is the correct way to seal/flash coolant lines through T1-11 siding?

Our contractor installed an AC compressor and did a poor job of it. He ran the AC coolant lines through the middle of the wall and then just squirted some expanding foam into the hole, like so: (...
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Do I need to caulk where my vinyl siding meets the edge of my windows?

To help prevent leaks, I was advised by a contractor that I need to caulk where my vinyl siding meets the edges of my windows. Some research of my own reveals quite a bit of debate over this, a few ...
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Should I use a roller or a brush for painting exterior walls?

I'm about to embark on painting my house. I have researched all the info here and on painting sites I can find about preparation and safety etc., but I'm still not sure the best choice regarding ...
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How do I put on siding above a slanted roof?

We're replacing siding on our two-story house currently. We can do most of it okay, but our two-car garage has a slanted roof, which mean you can't just put a ladder up there. We're thinking about ...
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Is there a quick, non-intrusive way to see what's under vinyl siding?

Currently house-hunting, and one of the very cheap, in-need-of-work houses I've looked at has the unusual feature of a foundation-to-ceiling limestone wall inside, on one of the outer walls of the ...
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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 going ...
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Is it OK to caulk around an outdoor electrical panel or meter base?

I've heard that you shouldn't caulk the outside perimeter of the meter base or an outdoor electrical panel (sealing it to the house siding), because the panel needs to "breath" on the back. I haven't ...
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Should the meter base be installed before chink siding in new construction?

I'm planning to do my own electrical for a new house that will have pine chink siding. Should I: A. Install the meter base on the OSB sheathing, and flash the Tyvek around it? B. Install the meter ...
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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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How should I build the walls for a tiny house on a camper frame?

I am preparing to build a tiny house on an old camper frame, and am looking for advice on how to build the exterior walls. I'm planning to use 2x3 wood studs at 24" o.c., with 1/4" plywood on the ...
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Help, need alternative to dissolving cheap T-11 siding

fall is coming and the cheap T-11 siding on my garage has dissolved along the bottom just below and above the sill pate on both sides - it will do the same in the front shortly as the siding comes low ...
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Need to fill nail holes in fiber cement siding

What type of product should I use to fill nail holes in fiber cement siding? Nail holes are from a flag pole I removed.
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Is it a bad idea to use pine for painted exterior siding if prepared properly?

My house is about 95 years old, and currently has wood clapboard siding that is in pretty rough shape and needs to be replaced. My local lumber yard has 1/2" x 6" for $0.53/linear foot. Since vinyl ...
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Upgrading electrical when re-doing siding & code question

I'm thinking about re-siding a house within a next year or two. It is 2-unit house, 3 floors. The third floor outlets do not have ground. Can electric wires be ran under the siding? Is this common and/...
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Should I replace my house wrap when re-siding?

My house was built in the 60s and doesn't have normal plywood sheathing. It has that old sheet-rock-like sheathing (it's black, I think it is exterior gypsum). Basically the walls (right now) go, ...
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Why aren't siding nail holes a concern with tyvek housewrap?

So when you install wood siding over a tyvek house wrap, you take care to flash and seal all penetrations from plumbing, HVAC and electrical connections to make sure no water can get in... then you ...
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New replacement windows: what happens when I change thickness of exterior siding?

Can I order/do they sell windows that can accommodate changing the wall thickness at a later date? I want to replace some windows in my house, but - at some later point - I also want to re-side the ...
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How do I fix hole on wood siding?

I installed a new outside light and took down the old light fixture. Now I have some holes on the wood siding. Some bigger area is about 1" to 1.5". What is the best way to patch them? More info: the ...
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Which cheap plywood are suitable for use as siding-and-sheathing?

I know there are plywoods that are intended for this purpose, with an attractive face and often cut grooves to make it look like board-and-batten or other traditional vertical sidings. T1-11 is a ...
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How to replace siding through gas pipes

I am looking for the easiest, fastest way to replace siding in a wall where the outside gas pipe is coming into the home. My assumption is that I'll need to turn off the gas, replace the pipe, ...
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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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How to repair this metal corner siding?

My dog run attaches to the back side of my house, and every time my dog sees or hears something in the front lawn worth chasing after, she goes tearing after it around the side of the house. When she ...
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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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Patch holes on engineered wood (masonite) siding and mounting security camera

I have a camera mounted on a wood plank which in turn is mounted on the siding of the garage. Fortunately, it's under the eaves and I didn't see any water getting to this area in the rain. The dark ...
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How to install a house number plaque on vinyl siding?

I need to install house numbers on my house. I have obtained an aluminium plaque with the numbers and I'm now wondering the best way to install it onto the house. The house has vinyl siding, and ...
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Installing a exterior light in existing vinyl siding

My house is a 50's cape which originally had clapboard siding. The previous owner put a layer of rigid foam over the clapboard, then vinyl siding. As far as I can tell, from looking at the wall ...
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How should I caulk clapboard?

I have been installing new clapboard siding on my house. It is primed finger jointed cedar. The one time I had a friend help me he questioned my method of caulking. What I have been doing is ...
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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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What is the right type of contractor to fix slightly damaged house siding corner

Sorry if I'm using incorrect terminology. A car slightly damaged a corner of the house siding and I'm not sure what type of contractor should take a look into that. I need to make sure that it's ...
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House Has Different Types of Siding - How to look seamless?

Alright, I am looking to purchase my first house. One of which looks somewhat like the one below. As you can see, it has a brick sided portion and a vinyl sided portion. Obviously this house has been ...
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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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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 ...
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Is vertical siding more durable than horizontal siding, all things being equal?

I'm looking into choosing the siding for a new construction and I'm finding that blogs and websites seem to be suggesting batt & board is better than horizontal siding (e.g. vinyl, hardiplank, etc)...