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Preparing for Siding

August 14, 2012 |

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You do not know how bad I wish I could say that today we start siding.

After getting the doors trimmed out, time to start siding, right?

Uh, wrong.

This huge pile of siding is going to stay a huge pile of siding for a while longer.

We still have to trim out each and ever single door and window with metal C Channel and flashing that does 2 things:

1. Hide ends of siding
2. Protect the Momplex from water drainage

And what a long, tedious job this turned out to be!

Remember we had just finished trimming out the garage doors with white composite trim?

Well, over that trim, goes the flashing and C Channel.

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On top of the garages - and all doors and windows for the matter - goes this drip flashing. It basically protects the tops of your doors and windows from water, pushing water out the ends and front. The ends are cut and bent by hand, one at a time, with a pair of tin snips.

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And then it's set on top of the opening and screwed in place. Take for granted that there's a good deal of silicone going in EVERYWHERE at each and EVERY step.

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After the top drip edge strip goes on, the sides of openings are trimmed with C Channel - or J Channel? Sometimes they call it different names, but basically, it's metal flashing in a C or J shape (one edge elongated) so you can screw it to the building.

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You can see that the siding itself gets tucked in there, so butt end cuts are hidden.

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And then a special piece of the channel is put on top. It's special because the ends are cut for water drainage, wrapping the end corners.

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The top channel is fitted in place.

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And then the corners are very carefully mitered. Each and every open is done this way.

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For the corners, there's a special L flashing that is put up first at a very specific distance from the corner ends.

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That's because later on, you put this W flashing over it, and then eventually, the corner trim gets snapped over that. We'll get to that in a few posts ...

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You know how you see a building getting sided, and it's like the siding goes up overnight? Well, the siding DOES go up fast. It's the prep work that takes forever!

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And the Ram was being especially picky about getting all the windows very pretty and sealed in just right.

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Multiply that by more windows on each side ... and you get the idea. Many days were spent prepping the Momplex for siding.

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Along the entire bottom edge of the Momplex, metal flashing was stapled at grade. And then over that a drip edge. And then over that FINALLY the siding starter strips!!!!!!

Are we finally going to side yet????

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Nope, now we got to move on to the side doors and decks .....

Right after we stop for a cookie break ....

They certainly look delicious!

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Is it FINALLY time to start siding???

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birdsandsoap's picture

Woohoo!

I love the gray! Beautiful color combo with the roof, rock, and crisp white trim.

I want one!

posted by birdsandsoap | on Tue, 2012-08-14 13:36
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Guerrina's picture

Whew!

That was frustrating & tiring just reading about it! I love the gray siding!

Ciao!

Guerrina

posted by Guerrina | on Tue, 2012-08-14 20:17

Beautiful job on tediuos detail!

Ahhh, those oh so important details that need to be done with precision. BIG congrats for not taking short cuts.
~Jillian

posted by Jillian (not verified) | on Wed, 2012-08-15 10:16

That seems like painting,

That seems like painting, only a zillion times worse. I always think, "Oh, I'll just slap some color up on that wall!" But you have to wash the walls, pull all the furniture in, tape everything off, calk over the tape so you get those nice crisp lines, put down a drop cloth, go back to Home Depot cause you forgot to buy a new paint liner.... and by then I've lost all interest in painting at all. Obviously that's absolutely NOTHING compared to siding a ginormous house, but that's what my little brain came up with. You know, there ARE people that just slap paint up, but then all the rough edges and uneven colors and missed spots will bother them for years. It pays to take the extra time to do it right! And at the end of this little devil project of yours :), you'll be able to smile with complete satisfaction that under that siding, you did it the right way. You guys sealed the windows beautifully, you did the flashing correctly, you made it so that it would LAST and not just look nice quickly. In the years to come, your moms won't be bugged that cold air is coming in all over or that ice is freezing on the pretty siding. Way to go! :) I'm proud of you guys!!! :)

posted by Jenn Hoff (not verified) | on Wed, 2012-08-15 10:22

That seems like painting,

That seems like painting, only a zillion times worse. I always think, "Oh, I'll just slap some color up on that wall!" But you have to wash the walls, pull all the furniture in, tape everything off, calk over the tape so you get those nice crisp lines, put down a drop cloth, go back to Home Depot cause you forgot to buy a new paint liner.... and by then I've lost all interest in painting at all. Obviously that's absolutely NOTHING compared to siding a ginormous house, but that's what my little brain came up with. You know, there ARE people that just slap paint up, but then all the rough edges and uneven colors and missed spots will bother them for years. It pays to take the extra time to do it right! And at the end of this little devil project of yours :), you'll be able to smile with complete satisfaction that under that siding, you did it the right way. You guys sealed the windows beautifully, you did the flashing correctly, you made it so that it would LAST and not just look nice quickly. In the years to come, your moms won't be bugged that cold air is coming in all over or that ice is freezing on the pretty siding. Way to go! :) I'm proud of you guys!!! :)

posted by Jenn Hoff (not verified) | on Wed, 2012-08-15 10:24

That seems like painting,

That seems like painting, only a zillion times worse. I always think, "Oh, I'll just slap some color up on that wall!" But you have to wash the walls, pull all the furniture in, tape everything off, calk over the tape so you get those nice crisp lines, put down a drop cloth, go back to Home Depot cause you forgot to buy a new paint liner.... and by then I've lost all interest in painting at all. Obviously that's absolutely NOTHING compared to siding a ginormous house, but that's what my little brain came up with. You know, there ARE people that just slap paint up, but then all the rough edges and uneven colors and missed spots will bother them for years. It pays to take the extra time to do it right! And at the end of this little devil project of yours :), you'll be able to smile with complete satisfaction that under that siding, you did it the right way. You guys sealed the windows beautifully, you did the flashing correctly, you made it so that it would LAST and not just look nice quickly. In the years to come, your moms won't be bugged that cold air is coming in all over or that ice is freezing on the pretty siding. Way to go! :) I'm proud of you guys!!! :)

posted by Jenn Hoff (not verified) | on Wed, 2012-08-15 10:25

That seems like painting,

That seems like painting, only a zillion times worse. I always think, "Oh, I'll just slap some color up on that wall!" But you have to wash the walls, pull all the furniture in, tape everything off, calk over the tape so you get those nice crisp lines, put down a drop cloth, go back to Home Depot cause you forgot to buy a new paint liner.... and by then I've lost all interest in painting at all. Obviously that's absolutely NOTHING compared to siding a ginormous house, but that's what my little brain came up with. You know, there ARE people that just slap paint up, but then all the rough edges and uneven colors and missed spots will bother them for years. It pays to take the extra time to do it right! And at the end of this little devil project of yours :), you'll be able to smile with complete satisfaction that under that siding, you did it the right way. You guys sealed the windows beautifully, you did the flashing correctly, you made it so that it would LAST and not just look nice quickly. In the years to come, your moms won't be bugged that cold air is coming in all over or that ice is freezing on the pretty siding. Way to go! :) I'm proud of you guys!!! :)

posted by Jenn Hoff (not verified) | on Wed, 2012-08-15 10:29

That seems like painting,

That seems like painting, only a zillion times worse. I always think, "Oh, I'll just slap some color up on that wall!" But you have to wash the walls, pull all the furniture in, tape everything off, calk over the tape so you get those nice crisp lines, put down a drop cloth, go back to Home Depot cause you forgot to buy a new paint liner.... and by then I've lost all interest in painting at all. Obviously that's absolutely NOTHING compared to siding a ginormous house, but that's what my little brain came up with. You know, there ARE people that just slap paint up, but then all the rough edges and uneven colors and missed spots will bother them for years. It pays to take the extra time to do it right! And at the end of this little devil project of yours :), you'll be able to smile with complete satisfaction that under that siding, you did it the right way. You guys sealed the windows beautifully, you did the flashing correctly, you made it so that it would LAST and not just look nice quickly. In the years to come, your moms won't be bugged that cold air is coming in all over or that ice is freezing on the pretty siding. Way to go! :) I'm proud of you guys!!! :)

posted by Jenn Hoff (not verified) | on Wed, 2012-08-15 10:32

That seems like painting,

That seems like painting, only a zillion times worse. I always think, "Oh, I'll just slap some color up on that wall!" But you have to wash the walls, pull all the furniture in, tape everything off, calk over the tape so you get those nice crisp lines, put down a drop cloth, go back to Home Depot cause you forgot to buy a new paint liner.... and by then I've lost all interest in painting at all. Obviously that's absolutely NOTHING compared to siding a ginormous house, but that's what my little brain came up with. You know, there ARE people that just slap paint up, but then all the rough edges and uneven colors and missed spots will bother them for years. It pays to take the extra time to do it right! And at the end of this little devil project of yours :), you'll be able to smile with complete satisfaction that under that siding, you did it the right way. You guys sealed the windows beautifully, you did the flashing correctly, you made it so that it would LAST and not just look nice quickly. In the years to come, your moms won't be bugged that cold air is coming in all over or that ice is freezing on the pretty siding. Way to go! :) I'm proud of you guys!!! :)

posted by Jenn Hoff (not verified) | on Wed, 2012-08-15 10:42
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Ana White's picture

Thank you so much! You know,

Thank you so much! You know, I thought that too - it's like cutting or taping off when you paint. I know this was really tedious, but now that the siding is going on .... wow!! Can't wait to share with you that!

We got so lucky - the gray was a leftover pile of siding at our local hardware store! It's aluminum and they had just enough!

posted by Ana White | on Wed, 2012-08-15 13:31
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ferbit's picture

Funny, building furniture is the exact opposite!

Funny, building furniture seems like the exact opposite! The quick and exciting part is BUILDING the awesome piece that you've so lovingly designed. The tedious, meticulous, time-consuming part is FINISHING IT! LOL

Looks awesome!!!


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posted by Gerald Schlesinger (not verified) | on Fri, 2012-11-09 15:17

HAHA how did that post like

HAHA how did that post like five jillion times?! :)

posted by Jenn Hoff (not verified) | on Thu, 2012-08-16 00:19

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