New Siding and Learning to Accept REAL Help *panics*

Nov 17 2019
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I may be more excited then anyone has ever been to put up vinyl siding lol. This job has been a weight on me for YEARS. My ex husband’s lousy stone job meant my house was literally MOLTING fake rock. He didn’t fix the house or remove the old stucco like he should have which meant I had multiple mice (and squirrel and chipmunk) highways into my home. Not to mention water damage etc… So this job was just a whole boat of suckage and rage for me. I used all of the swear words ripping the stone and stucco off, making an enormous mess, fixing my house and then putting on flashing and wrapping my house up with Tyveck. From there I tacked J-Channel to the top and bottom and sides and FINALLY I was ready for new siding!

DISCLAIMER: I know this post coming out in November is really weird. Us northerners only have so many decent days for outdoor work so, to catch you guys up on everything I got done here this summer, its gonna take awhile! So, here is my lovely September yard lol

Tearing off the fake rock and stucco, fixing the old home wall behind it and replacing it with vertical siding on the wainscotting outside on my homeTearing off the fake rock and stucco, fixing the old home wall behind it and replacing it with vertical siding on the wainscotting outside on my homeTearing off the fake rock and stucco, fixing the old home wall behind it and replacing it with vertical siding on the wainscotting outside on my homeAfter fixing my home, flashing and mulching I am now putting up brand new vertical vinyl siding over house wrap around the south, east and west of my home!After fixing my home, flashing and mulching I am now putting up brand new vertical vinyl siding over house wrap around the south, east and west of my home!After fixing my home, flashing and mulching I am now putting up brand new vertical vinyl siding over house wrap around the south, east and west of my home!After fixing my home, flashing and mulching I am now putting up brand new vertical vinyl siding over house wrap around the south, east and west of my home!After fixing my home, flashing and mulching I am now putting up brand new vertical vinyl siding over house wrap around the south, east and west of my home!After fixing my home, flashing and mulching I am now putting up brand new vertical vinyl siding over house wrap around the south, east and west of my home!After fixing my home, flashing and mulching I am now putting up brand new vertical vinyl siding over house wrap around the south, east and west of my home!After fixing my home, flashing and mulching I am now putting up brand new vertical vinyl siding over house wrap around the south, east and west of my home!

I used screws here to put up all of the siding but the easiest way to put up vinyl siding is actually with an air powered roofing nailer.

Pretty sure how they EXPECT you to put up vinyl siding is with a hammer… as in NOT a power tool… and I can honestly say from the bottom of my heart that that was not how I was EVER going to do this. I used screws and my Dewalt Impact Driver.

One thing I made absolutely sure to do was tack the J-channel on the house exactly the same distance a part ALL OF THE WAY. So then I could simply cut all of the siding at one time, at the exact same length, and not have to worry about measuring and cutting as I went.

This saved me a huge amount of time.

Vinyl siding is pretty easy to cut, a pair of tin sheers will work but you WILL wear your hand out right quick doing it like that. I cut all of mine with my miter saw which is a little OUCHY. The siding can kind of shatter so I always wear glasses and go really slow with the blade. Also, you and your workshop will be covered with bad smelling plastic “snow” when its all said and done.

This kind of vinyl siding goes up vertically, but, like all vinyl siding it just snaps together. I REALLY like it and am still happy with my choice. White would have been more in keeping with the age of the home but its just so hard to keep clean!

I’ve always loved gray and I think (especially for vinyl siding) that it looks nice too!

Because its supposed to be kind of a “wainscoting” I do think it looks kind of weird that the same material is on the top and on the bottom of the house. But I already owned the majority of the materials and no one is going to see it in my dog kennel (enclosed by a privacy fence) which is where over half of this went.

Thinking about if money was NOT an issue I’m torn on what I would have done differently here…

A part of me loves the look of the “wainscoting” just because its ALWAYS been there. This portion of the home used to be a screened in porch (the above area was screen etc.) which is why this all looks like it does.

On the other hand though ripping it all off, leveling the walls, and putting up full pieces of siding feels far more “correct” in my head. (I did do that to the left side of my front door because that area just looked SO WEIRD before.) Regardless, this is the best I can do for my home for now and I personally think it at least looks SO MUCH BETTER.

It is water tight, fixed and complete and that is absolutely the most important thing!

Putting up vinyl siding is a great example of a perfect two person job. My boyfriend helping with half of this saved me a ton of time and, OMG, I have pictures of me to actually share with you guys for a change lol

After fixing my home, flashing and mulching I am now putting up brand new vertical vinyl siding over house wrap around the south, east and west of my home!After fixing my home, flashing and mulching I am now putting up brand new vertical vinyl siding over house wrap around the south, east and west of my home!After fixing my home, flashing and mulching I am now putting up brand new vertical vinyl siding over house wrap around the south, east and west of my home!After fixing my home, flashing and mulching I am now putting up brand new vertical vinyl siding over house wrap around the south, east and west of my home!After fixing my home, flashing and mulching I am now putting up brand new vertical vinyl siding over house wrap around the south, east and west of my home!After fixing my home, flashing and mulching I am now putting up brand new vertical vinyl siding over house wrap around the south, east and west of my home!After fixing my home, flashing and mulching I am now putting up brand new vertical vinyl siding over house wrap around the south, east and west of my home!After fixing my home, flashing and mulching I am now putting up brand new vertical vinyl siding over house wrap around the south, east and west of my home!After fixing my home, flashing and mulching I am now putting up brand new vertical vinyl siding over house wrap around the south, east and west of my home!

Wow to having help, its really cool! And, speaking of help…

He went ahead one Friday afternoon when I was at work – He loaded up all that damn stucco, took it to the dump and then proceeded to clean up my entire yard!

I am totally not used to this at all!!!!!
My Mom: This is NORMAL! For God’s sakes most people have help! Accept it, you deserve it, you don’t always have to do everything all of the damn time!

But this left me feeling a bit shook like I was in some kind of alternate reality I couldn’t trust. I just came home and it was DONE… I didn’t have to do it… and I didn’t have to pay him either… My brain had a lot of trouble believing it. In fact my brain was suspicious as hell making me feel like I would somehow, someway, someday regret this because that’s how its always been. (Cheers to my ex husband for that.)

I realized just how tight a grip I was keeping on this place.

I had locked down SO HARD to make certain I never allowed anything to happen here again (or to me for that matter) without my say so. SO MUCH was trashed and done wrong here behind my back by my ex I didn’t realize what a suspicious control freak I’d become.

Giving up a bit of that control was crazy, silly and stupid nerve racking! Like someone convincing me I could finally remove my armor because I’m not in battle anymore… I’m like seriously: ARE YOUR SURE!? I FEEL LIKE THAT IS A TERRIBLE IDEA THAT I WILL SURELY REGRET!

But it was SO cool that I didn’t have to move all the fricking stucco again. LIKE AMAZING COOL. He saved me so much time! Because he did all of that I was able to move right on to the fun stuff: my bucket list for my front yard!

After fixing my home, flashing and mulching I am now putting up brand new vertical vinyl siding over house wrap around the south, east and west of my home!

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14 Comments

  1. November 17, 2019 at 7:18 am

    I am so thankful that you got this fixed! You do amazing work and completely amaze me at what you know how to do. I am also thankful that you allowed someone to help you. That guy might be a keeper! It’s nice to have someone that is helpful, but it sounds as though your ex really done a number on you in the trust department so I completely understand.

    • November 18, 2019 at 9:10 am

      Its funny how I always thought how much I would appreciate a guy who would help me around here and then BOOM he shows up and I’m a wreck lol Certainly gonna take some getting used to!

  2. November 17, 2019 at 10:21 am

    You’ve got yourself a good man… a real man!! And the house looks great!

    Tania

  3. madeline newton
    November 17, 2019 at 11:49 am

    your house looks fantastic with the new siding on it and ha i know where you are coming from the lack of trust …been there and it still is there to a point ..can’t stop being on the guard for you have a beautiful home that has been in the family for lots of years and you don’t want to take the chance of someone taking it away that is why you do need a guard ….need someone to go and be on the house property that you can trust like another family member for if something did happen to you the house wouldn’t go to the state for your family protection and if you have a bad relation with someone and they want to do something like your ex…we do need to protect what we do have ….love the work you have done all by yourself but yes you can let down the guard and ask for help or just except there are some people out there that truly want to help for just being a friend …good luck on this new friend and have fun and you can get more done and so much faster with this great help…love and happiness is what you need to keep enjoying this new big projects that you want to do with your family home …enjoy it while fixing it up to what you YOU want done to it to be comfy ….like i said enjoy it …..

  4. Frances Batson
    November 17, 2019 at 1:56 pm

    Looking good. Great job.

  5. Pat M.
    November 17, 2019 at 4:12 pm

    It looks amazing, and thanks for showing us the finished siding. It looks fine as a solid color – you really don’t need it to be wainscotted with different material. And I love the gray. My house is a gray ranch with white trim and black shutters and accessories. Great minds think alike.

    • November 18, 2019 at 9:24 am

      Black shutters sound like a lovely idea! Thank you Pat for coming by!

  6. Joseph R.
    November 17, 2019 at 5:41 pm

    If you ever have to do it again try flipping your miter saw blade backwards. I use my brushless makita grinder with metal cut off disk.

    • November 18, 2019 at 9:14 am

      That is some great advice, thanks for coming by!

  7. November 18, 2019 at 7:17 am

    Why am I crying after reading about your completed siding lol!? I don’t even know you but damn if I’m not beyond thrilled that you were able to fix your siding. I’ve felt emotionally invested in your posts showing your progress. It seems like this whole process has been cathardic for you and has given you some closure to a part of your life. So awesome. As for the same color at the top and bottom of the wanscotting look, I know what you mean, but this looks really good! For me it works well with the grey on grey.

    • November 18, 2019 at 10:07 am

      Oh Marie, thank you! It has definitely been a long road for me but it was a good one despite all of the work! I think maybe it was the work though that made it all worth it for me, it was VERY therapeutic and still is. There have been so many tears shed on my account through all of this, shedding happy tears now is certainly a new experience for me lol Thank you again!

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