I've already laid down the law to Carol that the next house we get after fleeing this city is going to be of concrete or brick - and single story instead of three. I'm getting too old to be climbing 40' ladders... (Although the first floor is real brick.)
I actually bought one HardiPlank a year before this project began - soaked it in water, and generally abused it to determine of it *really* held up as advertised. I'm only doing this ONCE!
That GP stuff is covered with mold on the backside, and on top of that, the idiots that sheathed this thing left big holes, breaks and hammer holes in the sheathing - you can see pink insulation through the many gaps and holes.... Of course, there is no building wrap either. They also laid the unprimed GP hardboard siding right up to and touching the roof shingles - and of course it soaked up water every time it rained. Heck, the corners weren't even nailed together, the plates didn't overlap, and the plywood corner sheathing wasn't even nailed to the opposing wall. I'm surprised the back wall didn't just fall off... ;-o
The doors were nailed into place through the brickmold with concrete nails, the windows affixed in the same manner, everything was crooked with gaping gaps around their periphery, and nothing was flashed AT ALL and rotted. What a mess... 15 years old...
Not to mention digging up the yard and totally redoing the Quest water main when it broke last fall for the third time - right after beginning this "project from hell". They built new subdivisions up hill from where we are, and the water pressure suddenly jumped from ~90PSI to 160PSI. Really played havoc with all the plumbing. Had to install new pressure regulators, etc.
All of this is being corrected - new roof, new flashing, new sheathing where appropriate, building wrap, new siding, new flashing, new windows and doors... My fear is that we'll never get our money out of this monstrosity... And my biggest gripe - I don't have time to play in the woodshop!
Blind nails - pffah! This stuff is getting face nailed with hot dip galvanized ring shanks! Helps to mask the wavering wall line! Compared to the phantom air nails in the middle of the planks that "held" the GP stuff in place, it looks fabulous! No swelling, bubbles or rot! Paint can cover the nail heads. As for cutting and fitting - it hasn't been a problem, but I built a jig to make cutting it easier and more accurate.
Removal of the old siding consisted of grabbing one side and pulling hard - most of the nails never hit a stud and simply pulled out of the cellulose sheathing and the strip fell to the ground. It's good we never got a hard wind here, because most of this would have simply blown away... They never would have allowed something like this be built in Florida... Or would they?!
Well, it's back to the roof for me...