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Old 07-27-2009, 06:39 PM   #16
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I didn't see you put the ladder on the trampoline to get higher up there, so I assume it was safe Looks good though, I'm especially interested in those tools, never knew of them, and they look like they would be real handy.

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Old 07-27-2009, 07:53 PM   #17
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Nice to see someone that's commited to getting the job finished. Your more than half done. You have all that experience under your belt.
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Old 07-27-2009, 09:13 PM   #18
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I'm curious as to the trim used around the hose connection & other places
Is it just wood trim painted to match?

I bought a pair of the solo-siders too after I saw them here
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Old 07-27-2009, 10:54 PM   #19
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I'm curious as to the trim used around the hose connection & other places
Is it just wood trim painted to match?

I bought a pair of the solo-siders too after I saw them here
you got it right Dave. I 'boxed' the things that stick out with trim and painted with a matching colour, then installed flashing.

It will look better when I'm done. Picking up a plastic box extender tomorrow before I can install the waterproof plug cover. Then caulk, fill the nail holes, then another coat of paint.

Good to hear that you picked up the solo siders. How are they working for you? How are you cutting this stuff? Are you using the shears or a blade? btw. I saw your post with the portico, good times eh?
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Old 07-27-2009, 10:57 PM   #20
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I bought a saw blade for Hardi, goggles & air mask
So far I have been working on a smaller are on the back
Due to the heat I'll be doing a lot more tomorrow
So I'll find out then how they work - but should be nice
Too hot too roof
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Looking good. Keep the pics coming.
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well, it's weekend so back to the project tomorrow which will be Day 20 of the project.

Forecast is for 35 C, hottest day of the year so far. Good thing I'm on the shady side of the house.
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I am stunned... my hat's off to you! That is some DIY. We're right now going broke while paying someone to do the exact same thing. What a massive project... and it turned out so well!
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I am stunned... my hat's off to you! That is some DIY. We're right now going broke while paying someone to do the exact same thing. What a massive project... and it turned out so well!
before I tackled it I had a quote, $7,800 labour only. That didn't include removing the aluminum or windows so I would have been up around $10,000 for labour.

Let's see, $10,000/40 days is $250/day I'm saving...

satisfaction of knowing I did it myself... priceless
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I encountered a bit of a hiccup today. I came across a wet spot in my sheathing so I've started a separate thread about it here exterior sheathing - keep it or replace it?

I also was able to get the old siding down around the electric service but the meter pan is attached to the wall so can't get behind there. I'm going to call the power company Tuesday (holiday Monday) and see if they'll come out and detach the meter for me.

See there was a reason why I left this wall for side #3.
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Looks like water is leaking in from your porch deck. from there it's running down the stud and wicking into insulation/plywood.
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Looks like water is leaking in from your porch deck. from there it's running down the stud and wicking into insulation/plywood.
the problem seems to have been caused by a incorrectly installed dryer vent. You gotta see my other thread for all the gory details

Caution.. no eating while looking at the other thread, the pics are nasty.
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very very nice better than alot of''pro'' jobs ive seen
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The question I have is if you hired someone to do the siding, do you think they would've said anything, or been in a hurry to get to the next job and just blasted the siding on.
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The question I have is if you hired someone to do the siding, do you think they would've said anything, or been in a hurry to get to the next job and just blasted the siding on.

Good question........

Most would bring it up to the Homeowner, but that would be as far as it would go. Notice the other guy in this thread saying he is going broke by hiring someone to do it.........Another bill won't go over well with the homeowner usually.

As a contractor, I enjoy doing the job right while we are there. Getting the homeowner to pay for it is another thing.


Nice job by the way. I'm sure anyone could pick out a few things you could do different, but most of it is just opinion. Good job for a DIYer.

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