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Old 07-11-2012, 09:35 AM   #1
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I am about to hand over the final payment to my contractor, but I am aggervated that one of the corner trim pieces was not cut properly. They told me it's not big deal, yada yada. I don't want to be an annoyance, but I am worried about bugs getting behind it and water getting in.




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Old 07-11-2012, 10:04 AM   #2
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You are not out of line at all to request it to be fixed.

Infact, before handing over final payment, you would be best advised to provide the contractor a "punchlist" of all of the items needing attention.

If that is the only thing on the whole house that needs to be addressed, simply say "pretty easy punchlist, we will cut you a check when its fixed".

He shouldn't be at all surprised or angry.

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Old 07-11-2012, 10:27 AM   #3
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It's not pretty but not as bad as your making it out to be.
There's going to be gaps at the ends of every piece of siding any place it meets any J molding where bugs could get in and the whole bottom of the corner is wide open so so that one small hole is not a big deal. That's why the house was suppost to wrapped with house wrap before it was sided to keep out water.
If any water ever did somehow get in that small hole it's just going to run down the outside corner and drip out the bottom. That's why the bottoms left open.
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Well that's good to hear. I am not sure if the whole house was wrapped with house wrap. I know the bottom level was, but I know they didn't wrap the top of the house, unless they did it right before they put the siding on. Should the entire house have been wrapped?

I will get on a ladder when I get home to check it out.
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Well that's good to hear. I am not sure if the whole house was wrapped with house wrap. I know the bottom level was, but I know they didn't wrap the top of the house, unless they did it right before they put the siding on. Should the entire house have been wrapped?

I will get on a ladder when I get home to check it out.
How is getting on a ladder going to help see if the house was wrapped? You said its done. Where are you going to look?
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You would have to unlock a piece of siding to see if it was wrapped.
What did they install the siding over?
If there was old wooden siding under it then it may not be wrapped.
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How is getting on a ladder going to help see if the house was wrapped? You said its done. Where are you going to look?
I thought I might be able to lift up the siding a little bit to look behind it.

To the other question, there is no wood siding under it, just bare wood.
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you can gently open a seam and make sure''some'' kind of underlayment is there,but to see if the corners where weather proofed will require some siding be unlocked to be able to inspect it

if they just installed the siding over raw sheathing the corner cut is the least of your worry
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We only have that picture to look at but I'd be more concered with what looks like no gap left when they cut the siding between the siding and the trim.
Siding installed correctly should be able to be slid back and forth a small amount so it does not buckle.
Siding is hung not nailed tight. If it's cut to long there's no room for expantion.
The gap needs to be adjusted according to the outside temperature while there installing it.
Siding can expand and contact about 3/8" or more over the full length of the wall.
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I'd be more concered with what looks like no gap left when they cut the siding between the siding and the trim.
That was my first thought but how much gap do you want to leave when it's a 100 degrees out side?

Of coarse I'm making an assumption here.

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