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derf36 07-15-2009 10:52 PM

new hardi siding and windows - what have I started? aargh!
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This all started with a simple idea. My wife mentions that maybe we should 'think' about changing our windows. Seemed like a good idea. But why couldn't we just leave it at that, an idea. No we had to actually do it, crap!

Like a good DIY'er, of course I couldn't just do the windows. Why wouldn't I rip off the aging aluminum siding while I'm at it eh? Decided to do the full Monte and install Hardi Siding along with the windows. Thank good for small houses.

First some background... I've been chipping away at my house since buying it 10 years ago. Over the course of the last 2-3 years we got a little carried away and completely gutted the inside, removed walls, new kitchen, maple hardwood, and on and on. With the inside the way we want it why would we just want to live in the house and enjoy it for one summer? Nope that not our style, we like the chaos of a good reno.

I'm starting on the 'easy' side wall and am working my way around the house doing the front of the house last. My theory is it will keep me motivated to finish it that way and I'll get 'practiced up' by the time I get to the front.

I'm now 9 days in and have snapped a lot of pictures along the way.

Day 1 Hour 1. first snap a photo of the before and then attack the wall:thumbsup:
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I was left with a pile of aluminum. I took it to a Salvage Yard and they paid me $32. Spent it on beer.
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Left with a bare wall, a fresh and clean slate.
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to be continued...

shumakerscott 07-15-2009 11:11 PM

The dog sure looks impressed! "Damn, I didn't know my master was so strong, he can tear a house apart by hand." :laughing: Waiting for more pic's, dorf dude...

Speedball 07-16-2009 07:45 PM

Look at the bright side.....isn't the price of aluminum up?:laughing:

derf36 07-16-2009 09:51 PM

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Originally Posted by Speedball (Post 302858)
Look at the bright side.....isn't the price of aluminum up?:laughing:

yep, so far I'm $32 up by selling the aluminum. I figure I'll wind up with about $200 once the whole house is done. Of course I'm into materials for about $10k so 2% return. Not bad, better than the stock market or the horse races :yes:

Here's another couple of pics, actual progress.

One shows me and the boy up in the air, no comments please on my ladder safety techniques.

The other pic shows the back patio door, installed and sided. Super sweet I must say.

Scuba_Dave 07-17-2009 04:17 PM

What did you use to cut the board?
And what are those green things?
I know they are a spacer of sorts to hang/gap the boards

DaVinci 07-17-2009 04:59 PM

looks realy good!
We're always looking for qualified installers!

Keep-up the good work!


Speedball 07-17-2009 05:12 PM

Nice looking job!

Scuba Dave had a question about how you cut the board. Just the other day in a home store I noticed a really nice looking little Rigid saw designed for Hardiboard with a vacuum port attached. I may purchase that saw and give our new/old garage a new covering of Hardiboard....someday.

derf36 07-17-2009 09:27 PM

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Originally Posted by Scuba_Dave (Post 303304)
What did you use to cut the board?
And what are those green things?
I know they are a spacer of sorts to hang/gap the boards

The green things are siding gauges called 'Solo Siders'. They are my extra hands to allow me to hold the boards up working by myself and they also allow me to make micro adjustments in the size of the reveal.

I'm making my cuts with a pair of fibre cement shears that attach onto my drill. There is silica in the hardi plank so keeping dust down is important. The shears don't make any dust.

Scuba_Dave 07-17-2009 10:33 PM

Thanks I guess I'll buy a set of those
I ended up w/6 sq free so I guess I can afford them

Speedball 07-18-2009 02:14 PM


The things I learn on this website.:thumbsup:

derf36 07-21-2009 08:39 AM

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Day 11 and 12

Here's a few pics showing the transformation on my back wall. I have this week off so am hopeful to make some progress.

My guess it will take about 40 days to finish. Now that I'm well into it the novelty and excitement of a new project is over. I still enjoy the little accomplishments and seeing the before and after but if I could blink and have it done I'd do it. But no magic lantern, just have a tool belt. :yes:

Scuba_Dave 07-21-2009 08:52 AM

Looks good
I started on the back of my addition
I ordered a set of the Solo-siders
They should be here before I get too high up
Of course now they foreecast rain off/on for the next 10 days :(

derf36 07-25-2009 12:16 AM

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well, finished Day 16 so here are a few more pics. I'm trying hard to get the entire back finished before I have to go back to work Monday morning.

I'd be a bit further along but I don't get motivated and start before 9:30 am. By the time I get up, drink my coffee and watch the Tour de France it's after 9am! Hey don't judge, I am on vacation you know :)

jomama45 07-26-2009 02:02 PM

Derf, I'd say your making great progress on the siding, as well as doing a superb job. Nice to see when people take a few extra minutes to get the Tyvek, flashing, tapeing & head flashing done correctly. :thumbup:

derf36 07-26-2009 08:42 PM

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well... I'm half done! Side and back of the house are complete :thumbsup:

So far I'm into it for 19 days and my back hurts just thinking of the other two sides of this house.

It's going to slow down a bit now, I've burned up 2 weeks vacation so have to go back to work tomorrow. Kinda looking forward to pushing paper around my desk for a bit, when I close my eyes all I see is Hardi Plank.

btw... the balcony and arbour will be stained a dark colour later. Also the facia gutters are phase II after the siding.

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