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Siding Project (No More Green) – Weekend 6 Finale!

When I got home from work one day I found that my Dad actually finished about 95% of the side, what a great bonus to come home to!

The only thing left to do on this side was the small section to the left of where the power enters the house, it took us all of about 30 minutes to cut and put this up.

 

 

The next time we worked together on this was finishing the front and sides of the second floor.  Unfortunately for us there were a ton of angles to these locations.  You wouldn’t think about all those angles just looking at the house but when you are cutting siding it’s a slow process getting the siding cut just right and staying level at the same time.  Learned a lot about how to transfer angles from 1 piece to another as we used the scrap to get it right before installing.  We even managed to get where the second floor lines up with the first floor (around a corner) looking very good and nearly perfect.

 

The final outcome:

Siding Project (No More Green) – Weekend 5

The weekend began with beginning and finishing the back side of the house.  Long stretches made for quick results and a fast feeling of accomplishment as the siding went up.  Some long runs and small cuts for different things like power outlets, dryer vents, and even the windows made it a bit difficult getting them in without creasing them.  The staging proved very useful to stay off the side of the house and still have great access to the siding.  When we finished the back it was pretty late and the sun had completely set.  The next day we started to finish the side we began on as we only had about 5 or 6 layers on, right about the top of the window when we stopped working the weekend before.  This side was even easier with the lack of obtrusion and even shorter span that the back.    Completing both sides was fantastic for motivation.  These huge sides completed really gave us the feeling of accomplishment as the front and other side were much smaller sections to be done.  Next task would be working on the RSF (Right side facing) portion of the house.

Siding Project (No more green) – Weekend 4

WP_20151016_16_25_46_ProLots more of little things to do over the long weekend, off on Friday and Monday.  Began the weekend working on all the exterior extrusions from the house, like lights, and power for my septic pump.  Dad finished the Tyvek on Friday, although we are about 20 square feet short sadly.  He also installed the new attic vent, which looks like a rectangle but the part that goes over that is round.  I finished the front and both back lights while he worked on the Tyvek and started putting up the vinyl corners.

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Next we fitted a board on the back left of the house to allow the electrical and dish through the house so that we would not have to run it though the siding. The dish cable ran through the corner and into the board mounted on the back in the last picture, didn’t take a photo.

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Later in the weekend he finished the corners while I changed his rear brakes.  After that we added the remaining trim to the front, and began the payoff shot, siding!

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Siding Project (No more green) – Weekend 3

So we had 1 more project on the exterior that we had the materials for just not the time, we overbuilt the chimney surround, sheathed it and then wrapped it to the house.  Unfortunately the camera app on my beta Windows 10 phone didn’t feel like saving the pictures I took, except for the last one.  You can trust me, it’s overbuilt, sturdy, and air/critter proof!

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Drainage in the front yard

So a major issue, especially in the winter is draingae int he front.  The water rushes down towards the front porch and ends up washing dirt over it and looks terrible.  Worse than that the water pools in the winter causing a sheet of ice buildup making it dangerous to get in and out of the house.

I began by digging some trenches and hauling it to the backyard.  I also discovered the wire running to our lamp post, luckily not by cutting it.  I reburied it along the foundation, deeper than where it was and now have photos of its location.

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I bought 2, 1/2 yards of 3/4 crushed blue rock, which put my trailer at its limit for sure.

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Filling the trenches, I don’t love the way it looks but it’s certainly better than pools of water.

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We even had a good amount of rain since and have no drainage problems now, just need a little more rock to finish the job.

More backyard cleanup and tree removal

After the fence install I needed to clean up the debris from the sheathing repair and deck removal.  I began with 2 drips to the dump with a full trailer of debris (Thanks for watching Grayson Bunny!).

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Next step was Cutting down the tree that leans against the house and makes a racket in the wind.  One trip to the dump and most of the branches were gone.

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Little left to do back here but looking good overall.

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New fence!

Very excited our time has finally come to get our fence installed.  We waited more than 2 months to get this done, and all I had to do was a little cleanup in the back yard so that it could be installed.  Here are the results (before the gates were installed).

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Siding Project (No more green) – Weekend 2

We began on Saturday with an extra set of hands (Thanks Ted!) and began the morning with a sad deck demo.  I didn’t want to see it go as it was a great place to grill but the side of the house needed repair, and we wanted it done right.

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After Deck demo and removing the bulk of the damaged sheathing we pulled out the slider to install it permanently, had installed it last winter but not the correct way.  The previous installation was set on blocks and then some sort of concrete was pushed under it, creating massive crevasse where moisture, air, and critters could gain access to the house.  I chipped all that out while Ted and my dad replaced the rim board where the deck was bolted to the house.

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This was where I forgot to wear a hat and ended up burning my head, not a pleasant experience…

Continuing on, I used fast setting concrete and a bonding agent to re-form the edge of the house for a flat place to put the slider on.

Finishing up on Saturday we completed the day by installing the last window and replacing all the damaged sheathing.  At this point it only made sense to replace the back door as it was a serious cause of air penetration.  We placed the stairs under the new door to give us access to the backyard until the deck was replaced.

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We began on Sunday by doing some minor cleanup and tweaks.  My dad finished removing the siding on the second story, and I moved the light fixture on the outside of the house up about 4 feet for better lighting.  He discovered a note on the old home wrap, and we cut it down to save it.

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The next and final step for the long, sore, tired weekend was the Tyvek house wrap.

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Siding Project (No more green) – Weekend 1

So the siding must come down and repairs to the sheathing must be made.  The vinyl siding was ordered, delivered, and is waiting in the garage.

New siding!

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The beginning of the siding removal.  Here you can see my attempt at fixing the flaking siding and painting it in 30 degree weather, UGLY!

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The worst of it was at/behind the chimney.  The first roof failed and allowed a ton of water down the chimney and it ruined the sheathing behind it quite badly.  I suspect the chimney was the reason for replacing the roof in the first place.  Luckily there was no sign of moisture there and the previous hale had been patched.

Our first step was removing the siding from behind the chimney which wasn’t even the hard part. Then we had to remove the sheathing nailed in behind the chimney as it was added on after the house was sided.  Most of the sheathing crumbed off and we were happy to find the wall studs were in good shape with no rot, the sheathing had done it’s job!

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We began replacing the sheathing and foamed around the chimney which was a massive heat loss, the foam is visible from inside the house.  We started with the easier lower section and had to fight it into place.WP_20150914_17_02_14_Pro

We removed the damaged section of soffit as well and pre-cut and painted the replacement pieces as I am not a huge fan of painting above my head on a scaffold.  We finished the day late by completing the soffit and replaced all the damaged sheathing.

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Window replacement project – Weekend 3

WP_20150829_12_16_00_ProSo the last 2 windows, the kitchen and the laundry room needed to be replaced.  Unfortunately installing the laundry room would have been a waste of time as there was clear damage under the siding and would have to wait until we started that repair.

This was a Randy only project, just had to motivate myself into getting this window in to move along the progress of the house.

 

The window went in easy, only minor modifications to the rough opening, which really only added to the amount I needed to clean on the inside.

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