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Old 09-01-2009, 02:56 PM   #1
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I need suggestions for a solid surface for cladding a portion of an exterior wall.
Here's my sideporch:


On the left, behind the gingerbread, the porch is 'clad' with plywood. I know this isn't the best option, but it is intact and is staying. On the right side between the post and door WAS clad with a mouldering fiberboard. What should I use to replace it? And how should I treat the surface?
Plywood? Hardiplank?

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Plywood for siding isn't idea at all. If you're going to paint it, you might consider MDO. That's medium density overlay. Basically what they make those big green highway signs from. It is used as formwork for large concrete jobs, because it has a nice smooth face. Good lumberyards will have it, home centers will not. It has a paperlike face over the plywood core, and it is awesome for painting. Be sure to use good primer, good paint, and seal it up as necessary with caulk at joints.

If you opt for regular plywood, be sure you get AC plywood. The "A" face is free of voids and is sanded. Basically ready to prime and paint.

Hardie makes a smooth cementitious panel that would last a lot longer.

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Went with the AC. Primed and sealed and I'll post some pics tonight.

DH is in the kitchen battling the biggest hornet I haver ever seen! So I'm on the computer.

Oh, and since I'm complaining. They filled our oil tank yesterday, and now it has a small leak from the top where the pipe joins the tank. Did I mention that it's in my basement?

ARRRGGG!
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Cheer up. At least it's a small leak. A friend of mine had his oil tank rupture when it got full. The end blew out. 275 gallons of oil across the basement. The sump pump then kicked on and pumped it out into the yard. So a basement full of oil film, a house full of fumes and a polluted lawn. They hauled his lawn away to a hazardous waste site........ along with everything in the basement. Took forever to get the house livable again. Now as far as that hornet....................
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As of 9AM... the hornet is dead and the oil company is coming out to look at the tank....
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As of 9AM... the hornet is dead and the oil company is coming out to look at the tank....
Hi Leah, I've used T1-11 (also called T-1-11) which is an exterior grade plywood with channel grooves. The California Big Box stores carry it with the grooves 6"o.c. and 8"o.c. The exposed side is rough textured with NO knots.

Here is a pic:
http://home-and-garden.webshots.com/...57161298tRgthq

The most glaring problem I see in that pic is T1-11 should have been pre-primed on both sides.

From your PIC I see a lot of preliminary work flattening out those protuberances.

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