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    Re: Decking Material

    Live north of Boston but grew up in Marietta, GA and installed composite on my back deck 2 years ago. Even the summers in Boston, high of around 85 and only for a couple months, I can't walk on my...
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    Re: Fading Aluminum Siding

    I think everyone's opinion is good on here. I had the same problem - faded white aluminim, chalky residue when touched.

    3 years ago, I had it powerwashed and 2 coats of paint - exterior Benj...
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    Re: Douglas fir deck and porch

    I would not wait too much longer to do the stain, plus it will dry much faster in the summer as oppose to the fall. I have D fir on my front porch and put a coat of Cabot semi as well - Acorn was the...
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    Re: Building windowboxes--materials help

    No, most box stores now sell sheets of PVC that, once painted, look like wood. Azek is a brand sold at HD and most lumber yards and Lowe's has their brand - forget the name, but I have used both...
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    Re: Building windowboxes--materials help

    Yes, my only suggestion would be to use PVC as pine tends to rot, however if you are staining it or sealing it, should be ok. Make sure to leave a space (1/2") between the house and window box so...
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    Re: Making a Single Entry Door into a Double

    I was thinking that as well and since there will be little left on the sides and only 3 rows up top, I think I will replace it with the same size fiber cement.
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    Making a Single Entry Door into a Double

    This spring I plan on installing a front entry double door, however my existing door is a single door. As far as the framing goes, I think I am good, however does anyone have any suggestions on:

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    Re: Leaking brown liquid

    Had the same problem with my house last year during the ice damn problem in the Northeast. If your house is old like mine, they treated the wood back then with some sort of chemical and once it got...
  9. Re: Tom Silvas elastic waistband trick for balusters

    I would just use a 2x4 as a spacer.
  10. Re: Tom Silvas elastic waistband trick for balusters

    He marked the unstretched waistband at 2" intervals, then stretched to desired length.
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    Re: painting steel siding

    Is it steel or aluminum?
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    Re: Insulation on Porch Ceiling

    Did the same project last year here in Boston. I installed t&g cedar, stained both sides, 2 coats on the front, and 1 coat of spray spar urethane. (don't forget to stain inside the grooves) I...
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    Re: add soffit Vents to an Old House

    I had the same issue - 1890's Victorian. I would have loved to put in one long soffit vent, however I have rafter tails every 2 feet which prevented me from doing that. So I drilled a 3" hole in...
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    Re: Wood Deck over Concrete Patio?

    Just did mine. Had a new pad poured and new deck put on. If you are getting a permit, most towns will want you to dig 4 ft down and use 12" tubes - so you would have to break a portion for each...
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    Re: Footings Covered by Concrete Pad

    Thanks everyone, like I said there is a diagram, however I can't put much confidence in it as it was drawn before I dug the holes. I know as I used the auger it could have shifted a few inches from...
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    Footings Covered by Concrete Pad

    Last week I dug 8 4 ft footings for my new deck. I had a mason guy come today and fill the footings along with a new pad for underneath the deck and a portion of the back yard. He made everything one...
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    Re: Soffit venting

    I just added 28 3" circular soffit vents and notice a significant difference. I could not put in the rectangular vents, which I understand is the way to go, due to my roof having exposed beams...
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    Re: Can I Side over existing wood??

    ***, you can't say scr a p e d on this site, eh?
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    Re: Can I Side over existing wood??

    Thanks Ken, only problem is it is covered in lead paint and don't want to sc**** it off.
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    Re: Unsightly Brown Stains on Siding

    Did you have ice dams this winter? Sometimes when it melts it can leak through the wall and make contact with the wood between the siding and your wall resulting in a brownish stain on the exterior.
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    Re: Can I Side over existing wood??

    Thanks everyone for the advice, it is an old garage, from 1890. The siding is in fact attached to the studs with nothing between the siding and studs. I really did not want to remove the siding,...
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    Can I Side over existing wood??

    Was thinking of fiber cement this spring on my garage, as the existing wood is not worth painting. Can I just put the cement siding over the existing wood siding or do I need to take it down? If I...
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