I need to do some significant repair to part of the exterior of my
house. In order to make it as clear as possible, I've posted a photo
1. Who do I call to fix this? What listing should I look under in the
"yellow pages"? (I can surely do any painting myself, but may need
someone to replace the wood.)
2. I'm pretty handy. Could I fix this myself?
2a. If so, what are the wooden "boards" called?
2b. What other supplies would I need.
3. I'm thinking that I would replace the boards, prime, and paint. Is there
more to it?
Thanks in advance,
Well, it's probably within the range of a pretty handy person, but it
would probably take you a lot longer, and leave your house exposed for
that period. And it could easily lead to problems beyond your capability.
You mean the "clapboard siding" (horizontal) or the "corner post"
Well, to replace some siding, you'll probably just need a flat pry bar
(to pull the old one off and out -- put it directly under a nail and
push in; the lever action will usually remove the clapboard with the
nail intact, while leaving the siding underneath undisturbed), and some
exterior finish nails. But you will probably also want to replace the
weather seal underneath (which could be Tyvek home wrap, used in most
recent buildings, or various kinds of sheathing similar to that found
under shingles, or sometimes nothing at all), and the plywood base
behind that. Then there's the framing ...
You'll want to solve the problem, which is probably water coming in at
the top of the chimney "box". Otherwise the new stuff you put in will be
ruined, too. This is why you probably want a specialist, at least a
general contractor, possibly a chimney specialist. You may well need a
new cap on the chimney or other repairs. Then once you rip off the
siding you may find that there is also damage to the structural elements
below. They may dry out fine, but they may not, either, and you'll want
an expert opinion here. Replacing the framing could be tricky with
chimney hardware (in your case most likely a metal flue, a bit like a
dryer vent) in place. The problem may also be excessive heat, indicating
deficient insulation or a leak in the flue (a potentially dangerous
Either way, get references, and two estimates. And be prepared for
things to get worse as they look inside. This is no weekend project.
If you want to at least follow along with the project, get a good book
on exterior home repairs, so you know the jargon, and the engineering
beneath the surface.
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