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  1. Roofing/Siding
    New white cedar shingles were applied to the outside wall of my house a few months ago. It was a small replacement job involving approximately a 25 square foot patch of new shingles. The remaining old cedar shingles are probably 25-30 years old. (I plan to replace them all this fall.) The...
  2. Carpentry
    I'm replacing old, rotted wood siding with new cedar clapboards. I'm not certain, but it doesn't seem like the previous carpenter installed it correctly. It appears that they used a piece of 1x2 pine against the concrete and nailed the bottom of the first course to it, just floating there...
  3. Windows and Doors
    Folks - I had a contractor do an install for me on a new door. Its a seal-rite FCM10-LE with vinyl cladding & brick mold and aluminium sill which leads to a breakfast nook. We found when they removed the other door the floor was rotten from them putting on a deck with no flashing under the...
  4. Building & Construction
    Hi everyone, My apologies in advance for writing a small book! I have an old house (circa 1868) that has had many odd additions added over the decades. One of these “additions” is an enclosure that allows access to the fieldstone basement from the added on kitchen without having to go outside...
  5. Electrical
    Hi all, I'm looking at doing an improvement on my home, I'm in Texas. I have 4 exterior outlets, and the outlets are inside a plastic box, which are attached to the exterior of the home. So there is a 3" box extending from the wall in all locations, and the boxes are starting to fade as they are...
  6. Roofing/Siding
    Hello I am renovating an old bus and need to know what this siding material is. I can't tell if it is aluminum coated with something or not. Someone told me that I could find this cheaper than sheets of aluminum or stainless steel but I can't figure out where to look for it or what it is called...
  7. Roofing/Siding
    Hi, This is my first post to this forum, but I've been lurking here and on the contractor one for a while, and I'd like to preface my question with a really sincere, "thank you," to the community here in general. That being said, here goes: My wife and I bought our two story fiber cement...
  8. Roofing/Siding
    Replacing rotten Colour Lock Siding from the 50's Hello, I have been in my house for about 5 years and am picking away at various DIY projects to upgrade or upkeep the property. A couple of years ago I started to notice how bad the bottom row of siding is around a portion of my house. The...
  9. Windows and Doors
    Hi there, I'm wondering if there is a preferred type of material for affixing decorative exterior shutters to Hardie Board siding. Does it matter? I'm looking at these ones from Home Depot - https://www.homedepot.ca/en/home/p.15-inch-x-60-inch-paintable-louvered-shutters.1000427076.html...
  10. Painting
    Hello. I am a new homeowner and am seeking some advice for prolonging the life of the cedar shake on the side of my house. I have heard conflicting opinions on oil based stain and am hoping someone on here can help guide me. Most of our house is shielded and has maintained it's beautiful...
  11. Painting
    I'm re-siding the front of my house, and in the process, replacing and altering much of the trim. For example, at the corners, I am butting the siding to the inside edge of vertical trim pieces, rather than using the clapboard corner angles which had been in-place, previously. The new trim is...
  12. Roofing/Siding
    Im in the planning phase of a new construction project. Just trying to get an idea of what I can do to bring down costs. Is siding installation something a husband and wife can do together. We've installed tile, redone bathrooms, hung drywall...Is siding something best left to professionals. It...
  13. General DIY Discussions
    Hey everyone, I'm about to take off all my aluminum corner caps and replace it with one piece of vinyl trim instead. Can someone throw me a bone on how to do this nicely? Any videos or tutorials? I can't seem to find any. Thank you, Ryan
  14. Painting
    We have very well protected (from water and sunlight) soffits that are made of hemlock (yes, hemlock, they told us it would work nicely with the Daly's ship to shore). This hemlock also makes up the ceiling of a large outdoor patio area and three good sized porches all equally well protected...
  15. Roofing/Siding
    Hey everyone. We recently purchased a 116 year old farmhouse and one of the things I need to do before winter is insulate the walls. There is no insulation in them right now. So I have an insulation contractor coming to blow cellulose inside the wall cavities. We determined going in from the...
  16. Roofing/Siding
    I have 3 places on the exterior of my house that I will be putting a conduit through. 1 will be 1/2 inch and the other 2 are are going to be 1in. I am running network cable and speaker cable through those locations. This is for home networking, IP Camera install, ceiling speakers and outside...
  17. Roofing/Siding
    I'm looking to go from my painted wood soffit to a stained wood look to accent my home. I'm wondering what the best product to do this is. So far based on my internet research, here are my options: 1) tear off the old, put up new plywood like 1/2" and stain it 2) tear off the old, put of...
  18. Painting
    Our home is about 6 years old and the wood siding, trim, and support beams are needing some attention (see attached pictures). My question is do I need to strip off the current stain to apply the same color or can I go right over the top? Hoping to get a little more than six years out of this...
  19. Painting
    I'm working (very, very slowly) on the repainting of my turn of the century home in Iowa. I've tried every paint stripping method in the book with varying degrees of success. Today I tried something new: I attached a carbide wheel to my Wagner Paint Eater and went at my wooden garage door (see...
  20. Windows and Doors
    I am trying to get this modern look on my facade that requires me to make the space in between my two vinyl windows look just like the frame on my vinyl windows (see below and attached pictures for examples). How do I do that? I'd appreciate your help.
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