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Siding & Trim

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    On the Job

    A weathertight basement door; matching asbestos siding

     
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    Keeping an Eye on Chimneys

    Though it's but a single element, a chimney can do much to enhance a house's overall design. In its materials and form — how it rises and terminates — a successful chimney respects the context of the surrounding home.

     
  • Gluing Exterior Trim

    Q: When installing stained vertical cedar siding or fascia trim, what type of glue should be used for splices and corners? Some contractors like to dab a little stain on the cut ends of 3-degree splices or on 4-degree corner miters, but is there an exteri

     
  • Repainting Aluminum Siding

    Q: Does faded aluminum siding with a chalklike residue on the surface require any special preparation before repainting?

     
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    Best-Practice Wall Shingles

    A rain screen offers the ultimate defense against water intrusion, provided you get the details right. That's easy enough to do with lap siding but considerably more complex with shingles. Custom home builder and remodeler Mike Guertin, who is accustomed to wind-swept rains in his area of the Ocean...

     
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    Products

    Siding; adhesives

     
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    Shingle Art

    These vines won't rot the siding or harbor bird's nests.

     
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    Common Callbacks

    Callbacks typically result from three things: poor design, faulty construction, or the actions of a clueless homeowner. While this is true everywhere, coastal environments are a whole lot less forgiving of such errors. Wind-driven rain and infrequent drying opportunities can drive moisture deep...

     
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    Toolbox

    Worx recip saw; Bosch PS10 I-Driver; vinyl siding; fiber cement

     
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    Design: Wind-Smart Design

    Wind-Smart Design

     
 
 
 
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