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Bill Traver
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I have an old building that have mineral shingles (a few old ones might be asbestos) over very old and weathered lapboard siding. Water has made some areas a bit rotten (around a few windows and doors for example) and I will need to re-do the structural support by replacing some of the old 2x4s.

The wall I want to work on spans about 100-120 feet and is two stories high. I was thinking of doing it in sections and basically ...
1. Pulling old shingles off, keeping ones I could re-use.
2. Pulling of old lapboard.
3a. Inspecting framing and re-doing where required.
3b. Re-work window and door as required...mostly just new diverters above them.
4. Placing plywood onto framing.
5. Covering plywood with housewrap.
6. Re-attaching old and new shingles.
7. Caulking where required.

My thought was that I could do about 10-20 linear feet per day with a good helper (my son).


Thought on this versus other options (like vinyl siding?) and recommendations on what I am missing would sure help alot.
 

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Why would you try reuse that old siding? Can you even get that stuff any more?

Posting a few pictures always helps if you want useful answers to your particular situation. :)
 

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Bill Traver
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My local home depot carries them ... I forget the exact measurement right now but something like 8-12in high and 18 in more or less in width. You still see them in shore communities. They withstand the elements rather well (it seems) as long as you make sure they are fixed properly .... something the prior owner never really cared about (a cheapo landlord) .... I am trying to make the place nicer and re-doing things a little at a time.

If only I had really figured out how much work was involved:eek:
 

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I was thinking of something different. Those old asbestos shingles are extremely fragile removing and reusing would be next to impossible, if not illegal (reusing).
 

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Bill Traver
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I might be describing things wrong ... there is one section where the shingles look and feel (so far only to the touch and light scrape) like asbestos. That is about a 4x8 area and I plan to toss all of those shingles.

MY MISTAKE in describing the others ... they are fiber cement shingles ... the were not installed with the backer strips.
 

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I don’t understand your question.

You say you want to remove and reuse the fiber cement. That would be very difficult at best.

You also want other options, “like vinyl”. Once you remove it all back to the studs, fix the rot, sheet the wall then you have all kind of options.

My first question would be, what do you want it to look like? Do you want to paint? What’s the budget? If you’re going back to studs then maybe T111 or another sheet siding on your 120' 2 story wall.

This is where pictures become “very useful”.:thumbup:
 

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Bill Traver
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KWIcKFISHRON,

First, thanks so much for putting up with me.

I never worked with fiber cement so was not sure about it ... looks like if I go that way, I am scrapping everything I pull off.

Let me try asking my question better and on Friday when I am there, I will take some pictures (advice noted).

I want house siding, not shed siding as this is the back of an apartment building. I need cheap, but in terms of overall cost to maintain...not just material.

I need to be able to do this job in increments of time ... working one or two days at a time. This means that I can only do small sections each day .... I think that this is really my most limiting factor as I do not want to rip everything down and expose all to the elements for a couple of weeks.

I hope this makes sense.
 
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