My first job in the trades was for a
guy who did roofing and vinyl siding.
I moved on to doing carpentry and
eventually became a contractor specializing
in remodeling and small
additions. It has been many years
since I installed any vinyl siding. But
I haven't forgotten the things I
learned doing it, like how to use a
metal brake. It's a useful skill for anyone
who does exterior finish work.
Disadvantages of Stock Flashings
Most carpenters use the standard
aluminum flashings found at lumberyards.
The average yard carries an
assortment of drip-edge, step, and
head flashing. But standard flashings
won't always fit, and architectural
details like oversized head casings and
cornice returns require custom-bent
metal anyway. Unless these