May 2, 2013

Hilarious/Terrifying Things We See In Our House: Part Eleven


It's pretty sad when you can mine your house for gags as much as I've been able to.

This time it's the siding.

This may be one of the worst siding jobs ever done by human hands. Sure, it's mostly straight and the courses are kinda parallel, but look at the seams between the shingles. Look at how many of them line up with the course above or below's almost like someone wanted to get water into the building envelope. There is one side of the house that I didn't photograph where a single seam runs down eleven consecutive courses.

I had a siding guy over to price out re-doing everything and he looked at the house and actually started laughing.


Oh and what's up with that cap flashing on the lower window in the first picture? And those ugly soon as I strip this side of the house, they're going right in the dumpster.

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Posted by Doug Mahoney at May 2, 2013 7:40 AM
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oh yeah, especially a pruned Rhondy it's a nightmare, it's like working in a bamboo spike pit. Pachysandra is another fav of mine, you drop something off a ladder in there, and you're never going to find it. A ton of homes where I grew up use to have this beautiful but deadly landscape combo.
Good call on keeping it real with shakes.

Posted by: Kevin at May 3, 2013 11:47 AM

Oh man, don't get me started on those rhodys. If it wasn't for my wife liking them, they'd have been in the burn pile years ago. Ever tried work next to one, it's like someone poking you in the back with a stick all day long. I'm going shingles. I couldn't bear to do vinyl on my 100 year old house. Just wouldn't feel right.

Markr, a lot of siding guys charge by the square (10x10 sqft), so you might be able to call around and get a price, then take some measurements and do the math and have a good idea of the costs. I'm going with a pre-painted shingle, so the damage is severe. But hopefully, I won't have to paint for quite some time.

Posted by: Tool Snob at May 2, 2013 9:15 PM

I'm laughing at the big rhododendron because they are usually always hiding something that needs work behind it.
What style siding you going with, you sticking with shake or going the vinyl route?

Posted by: Kevin at May 2, 2013 1:04 PM

Vinyl shutters almost make me angry when I see them. They are so ugly and never fool anyone.

Posted by: jeff_williams at May 2, 2013 11:13 AM

Soooooo, what's the "damage" in terms of cost to put new siding on the entire house? Just curious as new siding of some sort is very close to the top of my list.

Posted by: Markr at May 2, 2013 8:51 AM
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