A). I'd prefer to answer here as newsgroups work much better if
they're open forums where the questions and answers can be searched by
people following in your footsteps.
B). Labor costs vary trememdously from place to place.
C). The HardiPanel is just about the least expensive siding available
and it goes up very quickly. The devil is in the details with the
stuff so you have to pay attention to sealing the ends, determining
where to break the panels, caulking, etc.
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