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Old 04-01-2013, 08:43 PM   #16
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How do you replace the siding where the meter is? My service entrance cable is stapled onto the wood siding. Would I need to get my power company out here to cut the line while I replace the siding?

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How do you replace the siding where the meter is? My service entrance cable is stapled onto the wood siding. Would I need to get my power company out here to cut the line while I replace the siding?
Just remove the staples as you go. Put in new ones when you're finished. You will have to trim around the drop connection. If you have an old drop with three separate wires the insulation could be gone or ineffective. Be careful around that stuff.
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Forget vinyl siding! If it has real nice wood lap siding paint it with a very high quality paint like from sherwin williams or Benjamin Moore. And it will last you a good long time.
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What kind of siding does it already have? If it is an older home with tongue and groove wood siding you may find that it is all that is there. (don't take that off!)
All I know is that it was made in 1961 and it is wood siding.
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Would I need to get my power company out here to cut the line while I replace the siding?
Johnsorious, it would be nice if you could post a few pictures so we can see what you're dealing with. Many times there just isn't one "stock answer" on how to do something.

Most of the time you can re-side a house without disconnecting the power but I have had to do it before.

The times that I had to I just gave the power company a day notice, it was never a problem and was always a 'free" service.
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How does one put vinyl siding around water pipes and the gas pipe sticking out of the house?
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How does one put vinyl siding around water pipes and the gas pipe sticking out of the house?


I think you also should probably take a look at this. http://www.vinylsiding.org/PUBLICATI...al_English.pdf
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Hey John,
Two words... Be Careful!
The siding work is not much to worry about but the roof work is an accident waiting to happen if you don't know what you're doing. You may not know, but roofers are the trade with the most accidents of any other trade... and these are the pros. What most of them do is simply walk off the roof by mistake. Others fall through weak areas in the underlaynment of the roof.
If you're feeling comfortable doing it, proceed with caution. If you're not sure, stay off the roof and pay the extra bucks to have a roofer do it for you. Your medical bills will far exceed the savings of trying to reroof yourself.
Hope all goes well. Good luck on your new purchase.

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Is it hard for a beginner diy'er to replace the roof on a one story house? How about replacing the wood siding with vinyl? I used to do electrical back in high school (5 years ago). The house I'm looking at would need those replaced and was wondering if the average person could do it correctly.

Is their any good guides that show you how to do either of them? I can't find any good ones on google.

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I was told the roof was replaced not to long ago so I'll leave that alone for some years before I tackle it. Since I'm planning on replacing my siding with vinyl how would I put down tyvek around windows since they're already replaced?

Also is there a website where I can see all those vinyl mounting blocks for exterior faucets and oil fill pipe?
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Attached are two photos of the service. Would I need the local utility to cut the power to my house to safely install new vinyl siding?

Also attached is a picture of the back door of the garage. Is it supposed to look like that with cinder blocks? This house was made in 1960 and wasn't sure if that is part of the foundation and supposed to be exposed like that.
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That's one house I would be removing all the siding, not just going over it.
There's just no good way to get a good seal around those windows.
There's no over hang on the roof so the siding will be sticking out past the fashia. (no over hangs is also one of the reasons that siding looks so bad)

That outside service line looks like it's long over due for an up grade.
How many amp. service is that? 60?

That garage door opening is completly wrong, should have been soild blocks, The whole door also needs to go.
There should have been a threshold that came out just behond the outside of the block.
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That's one house I would be removing all the siding, not just going over it.
There's just no good way to get a good seal around those windows.
There's no over hang on the roof so the siding will be sticking out past the fashia. (no over hangs is also one of the reasons that siding looks so bad)

That outside service line looks like it's long over due for an up grade.
How many amp. service is that? 60?

That garage door opening is completly wrong, should have been soild blocks, The whole door also needs to go.
There should have been a threshold that came out just behond the outside of the block.
Is the garage door area something to be worried about? Structually?
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I'm pretty sure those blocks filling up with water every time it rains is sure not doing them any good.
Without a propper sill water going to be coming inside the garage everytime it rains.
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I'm pretty sure those blocks filling up with water every time it rains is sure not doing them any good.
Without a propper sill water going to be coming inside the garage everytime it rains.
Is there something that I could put to prevent water from coming in?

I know the house doesn't have gutters so I know I need to install those already.
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For beginners it wouldn't be easy. As first timers in home improvement its just normal to mess up. I messed up the first time I try to fix my garage roof.

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