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Old 03-25-2012, 11:38 PM   #1
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Gap between vent fan exit and the siding....


Seriously...........

I actually followed the directions on this one, believe it or not. This was my first time cutting into the siding to install something like this and figured the directions wouldn't steer me in the wrong direction...........

Yea Right.

Anywho, this is obviously unacceptable.

I refuse to caulk that big of a gap, so I bought a new exit hood for the bathroom vent fan. It sits almost flush with the cut out on the siding.........however I still don't feel comfortable caulking that, and having the feel good inside me that water isn't somehow going to seep behind it somewhere.

So what are my options? is there something I can put on the edges of the siding on all four sides so that is cleans up the edges and then helps seal it up against the house as well?

Or should I just install a vinyl mounting plate, similar to what is used to mount electrical boxes and lights to a house with siding on there, cut out my 4 inches, then seal the siding to the mounting plate, and screw the vent hood to the mounting plate and caulk it as well?

Your thoughts?
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Old 03-26-2012, 12:43 AM   #2
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yea.. looks like your going to need a big block,no signs of any paper i see

http://midamericacomponents.com/home...70&parentid=-1

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Old 03-26-2012, 01:49 AM   #3
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You bought the wrong vent, as well as installing it completly wrong, this is what you should have bought. No caulking needed.
http://midamericacomponents.com/arch...&parentid=1170

If you decide to install a siding block instead the siding has to come off first.

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Old 03-26-2012, 02:06 AM   #4
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FYI, to remove the bottom 3 rows of siding, you'll need to pull the nails. A siding zip tool will also be helpful http://www.amazon.com/Cooper-Hand-To.../dp/B000TDKDZA

When reattaching the siding, don't nail it tight. leave the nails 1/16" from being all the way in.
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Old 03-27-2012, 05:48 PM   #5
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Thanks for your words of wisdom Joe. What part of reading the instructions did you not understand?
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