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My woodworking workshop build #3: Siding and exterior door and windows

Blog entry by Chris Hackett posted 11-18-2012 11:04 PM 5390 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My workshop construction got off to a great start with the help of my whole family. Mom, Dad and my Aunt Mary all pitched in the first kick-off weekend. Then they all went home. Thats when I realized that this project was going to take a while. But with some grit and determination I have all but completed it. I did have quite a bit of help from my wife but it was mainly a solo project. So please excuse the lack of progress photos.

So after framing was done, I installed the sheathing and house wrap over two or three weekends with the aid of LOML. Next came the door. This was slightly challenging by the fact that the concrete slab is sloped. I knew it wasn’t a good idea to install the threshold on a sloping surface so I blocked off the threshold with a piece of plywood and poured a thin mix of concrete into the threshold area. When that set I put in the door. Windows were easy after tackling the door.

By far the most time consuming, frustrating, and aggravating part of this build was installing the vinyl siding. As you can see in the following pciture, the workshop extends the front face of the garage.

So to install siding I had to merge the new siding into the existing siding. The back side of the garage was the most difficult to do because every course of siding from the bottom to the top has to merge perfectly. I researched how to do this and came up with diddly squat. Apparently nobody else is dumb enough to try this. If any of you refurbers have seen or heard of how to do this, I’d love to learn how you did it. Thanks!

Anyway, the procedure which worked for me in the end went something like this.
- To ensure that the edge of all pieces of siding were staggered by a minimum of two feet, remove the short pieces of siding from the existing garage wall.
- Establish the location of the starter strip relative to the existing siding using a water level and snapping a chalk line.
- Start installing the siding, interleaving new siding with the old
- About halfway up, realize that the courses of new siding are not aligning with the courses of existing siding. Swear a lot. Find out where I screwed up, remove a few courses and do it again.

In the end it came out pretty good. You can’t tell that new siding was mixed with old siding.

-- Chris



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posted 11-18-2012 11:31 PM

Chris – everything looks great. From the picture posted, you did a great job melding the old with the new. Nice work. I think you found the key to your success – swear a lot , find out where you screwed up, and start over again. Good work.

Okay. Now that the exterior is finished, let’s see pictures of the inside! You’re not getting off that easy!

Thanks for posting this update, I was starting to wonder what happened. Again, good job.

-- No matter how many times I measure, I always forget the dimensions before I cut.

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posted 11-19-2012 04:20 AM

Looks really good to me. You are about ready for winter.

-- Working on my home for 2 years and counting.

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posted 11-20-2012 12:51 AM

Thanks for compliments guys.

BillyJ – Yeah it took a while to get this post up because I didn’t have any good pics of the outside – and I’ve been crazy busy the past 2 weeks putting up the drywall. Which I finished tonight. And don’t worry – pics of the inside are coming…

Mark – I’m cutting it real close getting the shop ready for winter. I was hoping to get the walls taped/mudded before it got cold. At this point I’m gonna have to start up the heater before I can do that.

-- Chris

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posted 11-20-2012 05:07 PM

Siding can be frustrating to line up even if is the exact same brand. Different installers can put different upwards pressure while nailing and be off 3/4 by the time they get to the top. Different brand siding may even be impossible to line up.
But…...you did a great job by the way it looks in the pics.
Lets see those inside pics…..
Do you have experience in drywall finishing?

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