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How to fix water missing gutter?

In my area (Ohio), companies extend the downspout horizontally down the roof and INTO the lower gutter. They claim it reduces erosion of the shingles but also prevent said issue from happening at the ...
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How to fix water missing gutter?

I expect to get a lot of flack for this answer, but here goes. Remove the 2nd floor gutter. Often gutters can cause damage to the roof deck, soffiting and facia from rain water that gets backed up and ...
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Schedule 40 strapping ideas

If you particularly want to use Unistrut it works quite well, but it's a moderately ugly look for a house, and usually not needed. I suppose Unistrut will help if you have no sheathing that will hold ...
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Is it a bad idea to use pine for painted exterior siding if prepared properly?

Pine will work fine if prep on the wood is done correctly. Prime all ends, the back, the front and two coats of paint on front and ends. This is usually good for 10 plus years. Pine siding has been ...
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Is "cutting in" necessary when painting vinyl siding?

You obviously have to coat the bottom face of each lap. How you do that is at your discretion, but full-size rollers don't make it easy. You'd need a big, sloppy paint load to get good coverage, and ...
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Recommendation for mounting transfer switch to vinyl sided exterior wall

The first option that comes to mind is U-strut. (Channel strut or C-channel) Photo from fireequip.com.au The first two struts would be mounted vertically on studs with at least three points. Use ...
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What’s this piece of vinyl siding called?

The broken vertical piece is called J-channel. Note that J-channel is installed before the horizontal siding, which covers the nail holes. You’ll have to finesse replacement. Since it’s broken anyway, ...
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How to fix water missing gutter?

Depending on the roof area that the upper one is draining, you may have to run that downspout all the way to the ground, rather than dumping it on the lower roof. You can try just redirecting it out ...
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How to fix water missing gutter?

When my house was re-roofed a few years back the roofers solved this exact type of issue by installing a water flow diverter flashing just above the rain gutter. I have made a crude picture of how ...
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How do I seal the gap in vinyl siding left around a new, differently shaped outdoor plug cover?

Your problem is the mismatch between the shape of the box you bought and the cutout you already have in your vinyl. There are box extenders for vinyl siding that have zig-zag shaped backs to fit over ...
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What is the easiest way to repair damage to the corner of my vinyl siding of my home?

There's a few ways to repair, No you don't have to take down any siding or your existing corner. Get a matching corner. you only need to use about 2 ft of your new 10 ft piece.it will fit directly ...
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How can I vent my kitchen exhaust through vinyl soffit?

Chances are good that there was still enough airflow happening with the vented soffit panel in place. I'd try it out with the new fan and see how well it works before cutting the soffit up. Since the ...
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How can I extend existing vinyl siding downward to cover top of concrete foundation?

I hope the sketch says it all. I can elaborate if you have questions
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Exterior lights on new siding, no electrical box to screw into, what to do?

I realize this is a little late, but for those reading this for answers: Make a 4” round hole in the center. The existing hole in the siding box is around 1-1/8”, so if you have a 1-1/8” hole saw, ...
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Why does my vinyl siding make noise when it is windy?

Vinyl siding (along with steel) is fastened to your walls with nails that aren't fully set. This allows lateral movement when the siding expands and contracts due to temperature change. Ideally, the ...
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Painting Vinyl siding?

Yes, the link you posted is for the Regal Select Exterior Revive. This product is made specifically for Vinyl Siding. It is designed to be buckle-resistant and no primer is needed. I painted houses ...
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How Can Wind Chimes Be Mounted On The Second Story?

Open window of your room. Remove screen. Lean out (carefully) and screw eyebolt to bottom of window frame. Something like this. Bottom of window frame because A: easier and B: chime will not hit ...
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How Can Wind Chimes Be Mounted On The Second Story?

Another option is to use a plant hanger Fasten it to the side frame of your window. This puts the chime far enough from the wall it doesn't hit the house, but is close enough to the window to be ...
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Ways to cover up a hole in metal siding

Get yourself a bit of aluminum coil stock. Find a color that you can live with, or also pick up some spray paint in flat. Cut a rectangular piece that's as wide as the damage plus 2", and as long ...
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Do I need house wrap if I'm installing ridgid foam?

Housewrap (i.e. Tyvek and similar products) and rigid foam are in no way the same thing nor do they serve the same purpose. Rigid foam is an insulation product and does just that, insulates. It ...
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Looking for advice on nail gun

When you nail vinyl siding, you don't drive the nail all the way in. You leave a tiny space between the nail head and the vinyl so that the siding can slide left-right easily. If you fail to do this, ...
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Can flush fin windows be installed along with vinyl siding?

Drill slightly oversized nail holes to prevent cracking and mount the window to the wall sheathing. Go easy when driving the nails. Just snug them up lightly. Seal the windows to the wall (ideally to ...
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How to install vinyl plank on uneven surfaces in open concept home having tile and carpet?

What you are looking for is called "subfloor leveler" which is a tapered material going between subfloor and vinyl What you probably want to do is to have absolutely flat flooring. Remove ...
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Sprayer for soft washing my vinyl siding

I use a 5 gallon bucket filled with a bleach solution and a soft bristle deck brush attached to a telescoping pole. I rinse with the garden hose. No worries about wind conditions or overspray. And no ...
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Is it a bad idea to use pine for painted exterior siding if prepared properly?

Paint weathering tests show southern pine to be the poorest wood for holding paint. That is, using the same paint (various paints were used in different tests), the paint failed on pine first. Paints ...
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Do I need to caulk where my vinyl siding meets the edge of my windows?

Vinyl siding DOES NOT keep water on its front side. NO caulk or installation manner will modify the fact that water gets behind vinyl siding at many seams. This is especially true above every window ...
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How to install a house number plaque on vinyl siding?

I have hung a 4x8 ft trellis spaced 3" from the wall and supporting a large climbing rose on the side of my house through the vinyl siding. No leaks, and has been there for 6 years. Here's how: ...
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How do I secure the bottom of vinyl siding before work is complete?

Unless you're expecting storms or high winds, it's not really an issue. Even if it flutters a bit it won't make a lot of noise. Otherwise, a few strips of scrap plywood screwed gently to the wall ...
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Vinyl siding replacement and existing light fixtures

Normally the contractor removes the fixtures and outlets. In most states you do not have to be a licensed electrician to remove replace existing fixtures and outlets, (I believe there are a couple ...
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How tight should vinyl siding be against each other?

That sounds like an excessive amount of space. Contact the manufacturer and get the installation instructions if they are doing it wrong it will void the warranty.
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