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How do I clean vinyl siding without a pressure washer?

My vinyl siding is turning green from mildew and I have to clean it up this weekend. I let a friend borrow my pressure washer at the beginning of the summer, and he's out of the country for awhile. ...
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How do I install an outdoor receptacle box on vinyl siding?

Any tips for adding an outdoor receptacle box onto a house with vinyl siding? Shouldn't the box be attached to a stud? How do I seal around it? J Channel? How can I accomplish this without tearing off ...
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What is the best way to remove dried egg from a house?

Some troglodytes egg my house anywhere from every 1-6 months, and have been doing so for the last four years. They just did it again tonight, so I have a fresh supply of drying egg to now remove. My ...
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How can I hang something on an exterior wall with vinyl siding?

My house has vinyl siding. If I want to hang something on an exterior wall, can I just attach it with screws drilled through the siding? Or do I need to do anything to prevent water from seeping in ...
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Is there code that states there must be a sheet of plastic between vinyl siding and the house sheathing?

I'm the president of a 20-condo association and several residents have been complaining of water coming in and destroying their drywall. The water is coming in at the exact same place in all units ...
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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 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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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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How can I fix drooping vinyl siding?

I have vinyl siding on my new home. Starting about a week ago, one segment of siding detached on one end and is drooping. The other side is attached just fine. I tried snapping it back into place, ...
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Can vinyl siding be painted or stained?

Can vinyl siding be painted or stained, and more importantly, does it last or will I be repainting every year like a wood sided house?
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How do I determine what pieces of vinyl siding to buy?

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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What is an acceptable gap between the siding and the wall sheathing?

Background My home has vinyl siding installed over the original Masonite/hardboard siding. The vinyl siding wasn't installed correctly (don't caulk your J-channel, folks, or the nailing flange ...
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How can I repair vinyl siding

The previous owner of my house hung a hose reel with screws through vinyl siding. The reel came down and the holes are so stripped that even a sizeable lag has nothing to grip. I think I have to move ...
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Is there a way to prevent mildew/mold from forming on vinyl siding?

The back side of my garage is shadowed by branches from neighbors trees, which causes mold/mildew to grow on the vinyl siding. Since removing the trees/branches is out of the question, is there some ...
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Mounting light to vinyl siding block?

I have two exterior lights that need installed. I have the vinyl siding blocks and am not sure if I can just run romex to the light itself or if I have to have a 3 or 4" round light box installed ...
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Brick Wall separated from home and collapsed

My home's brick wall has fallen down on 2 sides. I'm hoping to clear away the remaining bricks and install insulation and siding. I'm not sure how high of a base of bricks I should leave at the bottom....
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Is there any advantage to waxing vinyl siding?

My 20+ year old siding can get pretty moldy and grimy in one year. I wondering if waxing it, after I clean it, would help reduce the mold and dirt accumulation and give it new life. I see car waxes ...
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How do I cut a hole through vinyl siding?

I would like to ventilate my bathroom fan to the exterior of my attic and outside. We have vinyl siding. What is the proper way to cut a hole in the siding? I have a 4" hole saw for the wood.
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Will this moisture problem persist after drywall is installed?

we remodeled a trailer home recently, removed the aluminum siding, put up osb in place of the siding, then used the Lowes brand of house wrap. we installed new vinyl siding over that without using any ...
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Maximum PSI for cleaning outside vinyl siding?

I am looking to buy a pressure washer to keep various outdoor surfaces clean. What is the maximum safe pressure the vinyl siding can withstand to prevent damaging surface etching? Also, will vinyl ...
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Washing vinyl siding -- hard to reach high up places?

There's some spots on my vinyl siding that have gotten dirty. Unfortunately these spots are pretty high up-- about 15-20ft up. What are the best way to clean these spots? Would a power washer aimed up ...
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How can I remove paint smears on my vinyl siding?

I have some paint (latex, exterior) smears on my vinyl siding. It's set in the tiny cracks and is thoroughly cooked by the sun. I want to remove that. I was recommended methyl hydrate, which gave me ...
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Painting Vinyl siding? [duplicate]

Has anyone had success or tried painting vinyl siding? Apparently Benjamin Moore claims that it is possible but I wanted to know if anyone has done this? Were there any pitfalls or learning? The ...
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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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Insulating under a bay window

I have a 1929 craftsman house. The dining room has a bay window, original to the house, cantilevered outside the foundation. The floor joists were covered outside on the bottom with tongue & ...
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Is "cutting in" necessary when painting vinyl siding?

I watched a video that sugggested using a smaller roller first, to "cut in" under the fold of the siding: Then they used a larger roller for the whole width of the segment of siding. Do I have to ...
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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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Vinyl siding gap on corner

I'm a computer programmer so this isn't my field, however I am a new home owner... Our new house has vinyl siding, one of the corner prices has what appears to be a 6inch or so gap near the roof ...
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How can I vent my kitchen exhaust through vinyl soffit?

My 1950s ranch had a loud, ineffective kitchen fan that I decided to fix up this weekend. Turns out that when a previous owner had vinyl siding added, they simply put the vinyl over the vent. I ...
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Is it necessary to re-wrap the house when we tear off the siding?

We hired a contractor to re-side our house. We live in the Midwest in a suburb of Chicago. I'm not familiar with the materials, but I believe they first wrapped the house with a 1/2" foam board, ...
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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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Which electrical box to use for old-work outdoor light fixture and vinyl siding mounting block?

I have a garage which already has vinyl siding on it but the inside is unfinished and accessible. I would like to add an exterior wall lantern. The vinyl mounting block I purchased looks like this ...
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J Channel Looks Wrongly Installed And How To Fix (Water Leak)

I recently moved homes. I am getting a pretty bad leak above a window. I assumed it was the flashing, but before I even got that far I noticed the J Channel looks very wrong (to my amateur eyes). ...
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Best way to affix downspout to vinyl sided house?

I am seriously thinking of getting a 1000 gallon tank to divert rain water for use in the garden in the dry summer months when water is most expensive where I live. I order to place the tank somewhere ...
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How can I repair leaks in metal wrapped wood gutters?

I've noticed a good bit of rain water leaking through what first appeared to be my gutters on my roof. When I got on the ladder and took a few pictures ( attached ), I noticed I've got wooden gutters ...
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How to replace siding around deck

The previous owners of my house installed a small deck off the back of the house. The deck was built flush against the siding. I am going to replace the siding on the house, so I’m wondering what to ...
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How do I weatherize after removing old deck?

Good morning everyone! Long time reader first post. I hope you all can give me some insight so I can stop worrying about this project. As you can see from the picture I removed a wood deck from the ...
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Is it okay to put house wrap over the top of pre-existing foam insulation?

We are removing vinyl siding from our house and replacing it with a cement-type product. Is it necessary to remove the vinyl siding's foam insulation before applying the house wrap?
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Can I attach vinyl siding to a concrete foundation with Tapcons?

I have a question about adding vinyl siding to my existing home. I live in a new home (< 1 year old) with a walkout basement. The house currently has siding on the first floor stopping at the ...
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Insulating slab and vinyl siding

I have a really cold corner of my house in a duplex. Here are some shots from an infrared camera. I hope we can get this fixed without tearing down the siding or ripping out freshly installed kitchen ...
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How Can Wind Chimes Be Mounted On The Second Story?

I have some Japanese cast iron chimes (Small, they fit in the palm of your hand and are about 0.5kg) Can these be mounted against the vinyl siding outside my room on the second story of my house? ...
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What's the best way to run a wire from inside my garage to the outside?

I'm installing an underground fence for my dog, which requires putting the receiver inside the garage (plugged into an outlet) and running the insulated fencing wire to the outside where it will be ...
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Ways to cover up a hole in metal siding

Any ideas how to cover up this hole in my siding? This hole is on the side of the house. Not sure what is was used for. Hopefully it’s something I can do myself.
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Recommendation for mounting transfer switch to vinyl sided exterior wall

I need to mount a Generac automatic transfer switch to my house beneath the meter base. The construction of the wall I need to mount to is (from outside inwards): 30 yr old vinyl siding (for which I ...
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Vinyl siding over old siding

I want to install vinyl siding over my old siding which is soft in some places, probably rotten (I dont know how to determine, you can see attached photo). But I've heard that it's not a good idea to ...
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Vinyl Siding Repair Quantities

Installed vinyl siding has missing chunks. I would like to purchase a small quantity to replace the siding. What information do I need to provide to the local supply shop? How is siding material ...
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Why does my vinyl siding make noise when it is windy?

Every time the wind starts to blow the siding on my house start to creak. The stronger the wind the louder the sound. It has woken me up on several occasions. Is there a commonly known explanation ...
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How is a gable vent attached to vinyl siding?

Apparently this gable vent wasn't installed correctly as there is a horde of wasps that has moved in. My plan had been to douse them with waspicide, remove the vent, and then seal the hole, but I'd ...
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Is my contractor doing a botched up job installing the soffit

Is my contractor doing a botched up job installing the soffit with staples?
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Drainage fix: Flat concrete slab up over my vinyl siding by 2 inches. Is this acceptable?

I am a new home owner. The concrete on my front porch sloped towards the house so every time it rained water drained between the porch and the house. Last week after 8 months the builder took out ...