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Old 08-19-2008, 11:35 PM   #31
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the blue styrofoam is particular case because your 3/4" strapping will no longer be suitable, you need a full 1" air gap if you use exterior foam insulation. i don't know why, that's just the BB siding rep said.

defentaly do NOT staple in between the furring strip! that would create a continuous surface. this means NO air gap between the BB siding and the sheating (or in your case insulation). that's bad. that means no rain screen. you must have an air gap.

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Ok .. .I'm confused.... which is not a stretch,...

I'll be using 2x1 furring which is essentially not 1" thick, rather 3/4" thick. The blue foam insulation is 1/4" thick, which when stapled to the outer shell of the house, will leave 1/2" of air space between board and batten and insulation.

Is 1/2" air space a problem with board and batten? Am I missing something???? Now's the time to let me know!

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Old 08-24-2008, 09:07 PM   #32
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you'll have to check with the manufacturer of your board and batton.

for me, 1/2" gap would not be enough (when using exterior foam insulation) and would have voided my warranty.

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this project is "intense".

it is unbelievable how much the labour is to do board & batton. each board is measured, cut on a 22.5 angle, and fresh cut painted. then nailed using 2.5" stainless steel ring shanked nails. each batton is the same, but the nail is 3.5".

i think i will be in at 1000 man hours to remove old siding removal (and cleanup), remove 2 porches, and then isntall just over 2000 sq ft. of house wrap, strapping, board & batton and trim.

the windows and doors take the longest amount of time, easly 10:1. just cutting around windows and doors, painting, caulking etc.

board & batton is a simple concept and anyone can do it. but it is VERY labour intense.

ps. you'll need a sliding compound miter saw.

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the old siding, which consisted of vinyl siding and exterior lath and plaster, weighed in at just under 5 tonnes. big relief from the foundation!!

the concrete porch, after days of jack hammering, weighed in a just over 10 tonnes...
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the old siding, which consisted of vinyl siding and exterior lath and plaster, weighed in at just under 5 tonnes. big relief from the foundation!!

the concrete porch, after days of jack hammering, weighed in a just over 10 tonnes...
That's some sweat equity Knucklez. You're a better man than I!

Still working out my insulation concerns....

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it's sure been fun doing this project. have my uncles coming over (again!) and father'n law and my dad & wife helping this long weekend. thank goodness for friends & family! they may never read this post.. but THANKS

we have had a LOT of gaulkers slowing down their cars, stopping on the side of the road, getting out, taking pictures, chatting with us. lots of people interested for sure. we even had the city bus stop outside the house and tell us it was "just striking". now that's motivating
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Any updates and/or photos there Knucklez?

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well i'm finally done. $1200 in waste disposal fees & $800 in scaffolding rental fees later...

note 1: buy your scaffolding and just sell it after. but don't buy the blue stuff from home depot, rather buy pro grade becaue it is MUCH easier to lift and menouvar. i had both on site, and i preffered the rented stuff.

note 2: use ring-shanked nails, stainless steel. these are HARD TO FIND so make sure you but them ahead of time in sufficient quantity (you'd be surprised how much you need).

note 3: to lift the scaffolding frames.. get a long piece of rope and tie a loop. then slip the loop around the scaffolding peg and through the ladder.. no need to tie tight. then lift or lower scaffolding. when done, simply slip the loop off the peg. easy squeezy. See picture below


now i must parge the foundation where the front/back decks used to be. put up some shutters and fix some flashing on the roof. all in all, this project was WAY more intense than i thought it would be, but very rewarding.

totally a do-able project though, just lot 2 weeks of vacation and have someone else with you that entire time and hopefully some extras on the weekend. you can do it.


sorry no pictures of finished product (privacy concern)

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Hi,

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1) can anyone recommend a good book or website?
Here is a website which can be useful http://www.larryshomedesigns.com contact the owner and get more professional advice.

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2) should the stucco come off? or can i just hammer through it?
it is better if the stucco is taken off...
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thx mate, but the project is already done.

all in all, it was one h%ll of a project.. i listed some helpful tips already..

now that its all over, we're really happy with the outcome. i mean, it looks better than we expected. some of the funnest parts have been meeting all our neighbours who come over to witness the work. stop and chat. cars slowing down to look etc. one neighbour said we're "a real asset to the community".

on the other hand, our neighbours are selling their house now - guess they didn't like it.

time to get started the kitchen remodel (with concrete countertops) .. need to finish before christmas, wish me luck!.

check it out here:

my kitchen reno - complete remodel (with concrete countertop)

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