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Is my plan to safely remove asbestos siding sound?

WHAT...??? You can do this. You’re working on the outside of the house so you don’t need a tent or fans. (They have the fans going the wrong way anyway. If you were working inside the house, you want ...
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Why does home siding not extend to the ground?

Because constant moisture, from the ground, causes many materials to rot.
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Is my plan to safely remove asbestos siding sound?

No. Hire a licensed, EPA certified asbestos abatement company. This is not a DIY job. Asbestos exposure isn't like a disease or injury after which you heal. The risk is cumulative: the fibers stay ...
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How can I seal 8 inch round holes in my siding?

I would procure a sheet of aluminum or steel (available at home improvement and hardware stores), fold a suitable hem at the bottom, and slide it up behind both courses of siding (above and below the ...
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Hang 20lb projector screen on Hardieplank

Mount a board on the wall and then mount the screen on the board. Get an 8 foot cedar or pressure treated 2x6, you can then use timber screws to mount it to the wall insuring you hit the studs. You ...
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Is my plan to safely remove asbestos siding sound?

I used to be a certified asbestos remover in Europe, where we have pretty stringent asbestos removal laws. Usually it's only legal for a person to remove things alone under a certain quantity(3 big ...
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How can I fill the gaps between barn wood siding boards?

Do not try to use caulk between all the boards. It will look like crap and on top of that, like you already indicated, it will be hard to put in there in the first place. The proper approach to this ...
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Is my plan to safely remove asbestos siding sound?

The asbestos shingles on a 1920’s house were typically applied over the original wood siding in the 50’s or 60’s. Thus, there is more than likely excellent existing siding hiding beneath. There is a ...
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How can I seal a gap between floor joist boxes and foundation?

This is a perfect scenario for spray foam, which both seals against airflow and adds insulation value. Pick up a couple cans and seal all such joints, then overlay fiberglass batts that match or ...
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How to replace siding through gas pipes

If you have threaded iron gas pipe coming into the house, expect a MUCH MUCH larger job that it looks like if you do that - you have to start at the loose end of that pipe and back every joint out, ...
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Advantages to quotes from Lowe's/Home Depot vs direct from contractors?

HD and Lowes to my knowledge do not have any contractors on staff. Meaning that they outsource all of their services to local contractors. Pros you get a warranty from a company you know will ...
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Does siding rot propagate upwards?

First, you need to understand what "dry rot" is. The name itself is misleading, except that infected wood becomes brittle and crumbling when it is dry. Basically, dry rot is a fungus. In dry ...
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What's this layer in between OSB sheathing and house wrap?

It's gypsum sheathing, and it's white (as is the Tyvek). Your camera's white balance is off. In the full-res photo you can clearly see the porous texture and paper facing. Here it is looking a little ...
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How can I seal a gap between floor joist boxes and foundation?

Isherwood is right on the approach - spray foam or caulk - or both (caulk first). I however want to add... If I had a crack this big I would block it off with a 2x4 or even 1x's. This is mouse ...
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What to do on the siding around a cable going into the house

Wow, he didn't really care much about craftsmanship. No drip loop sucks; see if there is any slack where you could pull it down a bit into a gentle loop and use a zip-tie to hold the shape (don't kink ...
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Hang 20lb projector screen on Hardieplank

I've dealt with this issue by using chains (although, not outdoors, and it was a more permanent installation, so I didn't have to keep hanging & removing it). Basically, you attach brackets at ...
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Why does home siding not extend to the ground?

In areas where termites are active (which includes most of Colorado), any "edible" (to termites) material that is in contact with the ground gives termites an easy path to infiltrate your ...
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Is there a quick, non-intrusive way to see what's under vinyl siding?

Vinyl siding has seams between the pieces. You can push/pull at one of these to make enough room to get a small pen light inside for a peak. You can also inspect around any protrusions like water ...
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How can I seal 8 inch round holes in my siding?

I would use a pice of plastic like from a binder and slip it up under the upper shingle and tape it for a temporary quick fix. I would not use a towel as any moisture that gets on the towel will be ...
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How do you keep vertical siding on a house from leaking?

Ed's suggestion is fine. Another option is to assume it will leak and built to allow it to happen as a rain screen wall. A rain screen wall has a waterproof interior, an air gap, then the exterior ...
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Advantages to quotes from Lowe's/Home Depot vs direct from contractors?

According to Home Depot's website, they provide a year of warranty on anything that is done. Of course this has the added benefit that they're a huge company with the ability to cover any problem you ...
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Does siding rot propagate upwards?

There are multiple reasons that it degrades and "rots" from the bottom edge. The lowest point is where all water runs so that part is likely the last part to dry out. The lowest part of the wall gets ...
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Wood siding meets concrete

Wood meeting concrete in a damp area is never a good recipe. As porous as concrete is, its not even ideal that treated wood meets concrete. this is mostly because of the chance for standing water or ...
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Is my plan to safely remove asbestos siding sound?

Be as safe as possible and be as fast as possible. If it is legal to do it then: Do not do it by yourself. Ask a couple friends to help you. Do it all at once, no unnecessary breaks. All of you wear ...
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How can I seal 8 inch round holes in my siding?

I would buy the similar 8 inch vents that were removed, insulate them properly to match wall insulation, and install as dummy vents.
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How to properly repair siding holes

Well, that's a bit messy looking! The best repair would be to remove the two damaged planks and replace them with new ones. Next best would be to cut back the planks away from the hole and replace the ...
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Can I make a raised flowerbed against my siding?

You can rot your siding wall, or you can change your plan. With vinyl siding, IT probably won't rot, but the sheathing & framing behind it surely will. You either need airspace (not a plastic ...
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Sealing siding around a chimney

You need to install aluminum or copper flashing all around chimney perimeter that would overlap vertically down from the top of the siding by at least 5–10 inches down. You would need to grind out a ...
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Should I replace my house wrap when re-siding?

Whether or not you want it has nothing to do with siding. It makes no difference to the siding. The point of housewrap (brand-neutral) is that it is vapor-permeable air-barrier - as such it can ...
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Do I need to caulk where my vinyl siding meets the edge of my windows?

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 ...
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