The house has 12" wide boards 16' long. (I think its called MDF? It a
pressed like wood)
Where they meet at the corner they use a metal corner cap.
Is there any reason I cant just use 1" x 4" stock on the corners and just
butt the siding up to it?
I don't have to replace enough of it to make doing the whole house over with
something else worth it.
Some of the siding has swelled where it meets the corners. If I made a jig
and cut the existing siding back 4 " (being careful not to cut through to
the plywood underneath) That would cut out most of the problem areas. Then I
would trim the corners with 1" x 4" trim....
I would only have to do the back corners of the house as the front has real
wood siding and the corners are already done in the fashion I want to do the
Siding must be about 30 years old?
$15 for a 12" x 16' board. I don't know how that compares to other siding
I wouldn't say its defective?? just a lousy material to use for siding. Once
water gets at it its toast.
What would be the best nail to use?
I've been using a SS nail. Looks like it had been installed with a
galvanized nail? the head on the original nails are much larger that the SS
nailheads But on allot of the original boards you can see the nailheads
under the paint...?
the siding you described is or was only made by two companies, bosie cascade
and abitibi, neither one manufactures this stuff anymore. although one of
them i forget which one only discontinued it about two or three years ago,
it is made of hard masonite, not mdf. it originally came with just a 5 year
guarantee, the problem with it is moisture, anywhere it was cut or a nail
pierced it, if it wasn't primed and painted the water would start getting in
and expanding the product until 20 years later it will start to fall apart.
it was a rather cheap siding , i installed this stuff for over 30 years. you
can certainly cut the bad ends off and install new corner boards and make it
like new. if you want it to last , make sure you prime the cuts and caulk
the boards later after the corners on on. by the way you can tell what brand
you have........... the abitibi was very hard and difficult to cut with a
knife, the boise cascade was much softer and could actuly be cut with a
utility knife if no power was available .
sr R & R siding
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