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Old 06-02-2013, 06:51 PM   #1
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Are there one or more tests that would give me some idea about the current condition of the circa. 1992 Masonite siding on the second floor of our home?

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Look at it. Poke it with something pointy to see if it is rotten.

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Simple, poke it with a screwdriver. If the siding is hard = good. If it's soft = bad.
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Tap with the handle of a screwdriver, do not poke it with the tool. You can tell from the sound difference, if the product is solid, or going bad.
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Tap with the handle of a screwdriver, do not poke it with the tool. You can tell from the sound difference, if the product is solid, or going bad.
Wrong.
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Wrong.
Wrong to poke the material, correct to tap the siding material with the handle of the screwdriver. You can tell if the material is solid or rotting, just by the sound it will make. Once you start poking, you will make the damage worse, and then next thing you know, you have large chunks of siding falling off of the house.
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Wrong to poke the material, correct to tap the siding material with the handle of the screwdriver. You can tell if the material is solid or rotting, just by the sound it will make. Once you start poking, you will make the damage worse, and then next thing you know, you have large chunks of siding falling off of the house.
First you start poking then you start digging and then you fix.

You can't do much with the rotten siding still on the wall unless you require the step of prolonged head scratching and procrastination, If so then I apologize.
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Did the light poke test this morning and the siding is sturdy. Hooray!

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