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Old 02-28-2007, 10:32 PM   #16
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That's motivating... I guess the best thing to do is have a pro do the window trims and maybe even the starter strips... and I could do the rest.

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Old 02-28-2007, 11:09 PM   #17
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starter strip is easy, find the lowest spot on your house snap a level line where you want the strip at.take measurements from the soffit down to keep it all going good.
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Old 02-28-2007, 11:14 PM   #18
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alright, i'm on page 16 of the manual so far, great little guide there...

I'm wondering though, can I tear the whole house's siding off, wrap it in tyvek, and take my time siding the whole thing... don't get me wrong it's priority to get it done asap, but it may take me a week. It will be summer, I'm just worried about rain... or can you do it wall by wall?

I see houses being built all the time sitting for weeks with just tyvek plastic on them, so i'm assuming this wont be a problem?

My house is from 1948 and I don't know the condition of the insulation, I'm assuming you can put foam insulation under the tyvek to improve the insulating qualities?
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alright, i'm on page 16 of the manual so far, great little guide there...

I'm wondering though, can I tear the whole house's siding off, wrap it in tyvek, and take my time siding the whole thing... don't get me wrong it's priority to get it done asap, but it may take me a week. It will be summer, I'm just worried about rain... or can you do it wall by wall?

I see houses being built all the time sitting for weeks with just tyvek plastic on them, so i'm assuming this wont be a problem?

My house is from 1948 and I don't know the condition of the insulation, I'm assuming you can put foam insulation under the tyvek to improve the insulating qualities?
If you have the time and $ to pull off the old stuff and insulate/wrap the exterior, that is probably best -- especially if you are going to be there a while. Since I was going over the top of my old stuff I wasn't worried about the weather.

I started in the fall, and got all but one upper wall done before winter arrived. Irritated the crap out of me because I had to look at a half a pink wall all winter. I worked for a couple hours a day when the weather was nice, plus longer days on the weekends.

The colder it got the more difficult it was to work with though because it became too brittle to get clean cuts. The starter strips, corner posts and J-channels for around the windows really are easy to do. I'd recommend the J-channel tool from your local home store. That was the only specialty tool I bought that I thought was really useful.

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Old 02-28-2007, 11:44 PM   #20
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I'm feeling more confident on the job. So do you start with all the window flashing/trim and corners first? I'm a little confused on the order of everything.
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I'm feeling more confident on the job. So do you start with all the window flashing/trim and corners first? I'm a little confused on the order of everything.
I snapped a line where my starter strip needed to go, but I actually installed the corner posts first (only the wall that I was working on first). Then I installed the starter strip and all the J-channels around the windows and under the soffits for that wall.

It was just easier to get them done first, so then all I had to do was measure/cut the siding pieces, snap them in and nail.

More tips: #1 - don't use aluminum nails. They bend easily and you can't clean up your yard with a magnet. #2 - Use a magnet to pick up non aluminum nails.

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post pics of your diy siding.months to do it you say?
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post pics of your diy siding.months to do it you say?

Sorry... no pics.This was at our old house several years ago. It turned out really well. We got through two winters and a hot summer with no issues. I used higher end (thicker) siding panels. The cheap stuff just seemed so thin.

It took months according to the calender, but I was really doing it part time all by myself. I had blocked a week and a half in early September to work on it exclusively, but Home Depot screwed up my order so I got started late (unfortunately after my vacation had ended).

I'd say it took me about 80 hours total. Project cost me about $1700 which included some tools. Estimates from the pros to do it were between $7200-8000.

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yeah it's costly.It's not bad take your time and use a level.I always notice things like laps,j-channel,not lining up at the corners,nails thru the last pc drives me nuts.that link was a good one.if a person can read......

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