Siding an Old House #3 Putting it on the wall

The old Misadventures project is moving along – as fast as an old man that walks like a penguin can go. The siding was supposed to be done last Fall, but that didn’t happen. I’m determined to finish it this year before the snow shows up – fingers crossed.

1 corner trimFirst up – the corner trim. There’s only one inside corner on the house where siding meets siding – the others are stone to siding. I’ve made a corner trim piece from 5/4 (1″ thick) Azek stock. I put it together with PVC glue and exterior trim head screws.

2 corner trim installThe trim piece was screwed in the corner with cortex screws on top of the rain screen.

3 stone trim 1One problem that having no plan is that mistakes happen. The problem here is that the 5/4 trim stock was put in place next to the stone when it was installed. This made it too thin to cover the edge of the siding because of the thickness of the rain screen. The solution was to add another piece of stock to build up the width.

4 stone trim 2The same trim piece was added to the stone junctures with siding.

5 felt paperThe 30 pound asphalt felt is continued around the house over the old house wrap.

6 rain screenThe GreenGuard rain screen is attached with plastic cap nails. It is butted up against the black drainage mat to allow moisture to drain into the weeps embedded in the stone.

7 stone beltingI had enough limestone left over so that I could cover the old brick foundation.

8 siding startThe start of siding – finally. I’m using HardiePlank lap siding. This is a cement-based product. I’m using the smooth finish – not the wood-grain texture, as this is what would have been originally used. I’m using a 6″ reveal, so the total height of each piece is 7 1/4″. They come is 12′ lengths.

9 siding kickerYou are required to use a 1 1/4″ spacer (kicker) on the bottom of the 1st course, to keep the angle of the siding the same. I used a 5/16″ thick piece of PVC trim, you can use a strip of the siding for this spacer, but I though the PVC would be waterproof. .

10 siding notchesThe Hardie siding was notched with a diamond blade in an angle grinder. All cut edges are sealed with the same paint. The color is BM White Heron Low Luster. More on painting later.

11 water table spacersThe good thing is that the water table is level and makes putting on the first course easy. The second course required spacer blocks that kept the reveal at 6″. The stud locations were marked on the rain screen and the siding nailed into the studs. The siding is attached with stainless steel 2″ ring shank siding nails. I’m using a Bostitch Coil Siding Nailer.

12 joint flashingAt each siding joint a flashing is required. I used the recommended coated aluminum coil stock behind each joint. You must use a coated aluminum material, as raw aluminum will react with the cement in the siding.

So not too exciting, but we are making progress…



Veneer Stone #3 Getting it on the Wall

I’m trying like the dickens to get to the good stuff – it’s just that I want to make sure I show the process – just in case one of you out there in cyber-land wants to try your hand at this stone masonry thing.

First, when I was in the hospital and wheel chair for the last half of last year my trusty concrete contractor Shawn Thomas Masonry – turned out to be not so trusty. Remind me to put a red circle over his picture at my post here. It turns out he’s OK with concrete and he’s a heck of a block layer – but the rest is pretty poor. So after I got back on my feet I gave him the boot.

1 mudroom repairLot’s of problems to fix. Like cut electrical wires, buried rain screens and terrible flashing before the black stuff (rain screen went on) So, of course yours truly had to take it all off, tear into the wall to fix the electrical and flashing and drainage issues. Thanks ST.

2 waterproofing wall by patioThe lower perimeter of the mud room is waterproofed with an asphalt membrane. The lower sections of plywood sheathing on the patio side was replaced with treated plywood for extra protection.

3 waterproofing by doorIt was brought all the way around the mudroom base.

4 flashing cornersAt all intersections of the stone wall and siding an aluminum flashing was placed in the corners as extra protection. House wrap was added over this. You see the front of the house with the black rain screen material to your left.

5 Bad drip capSpeaking of really bad flashing.  I think Shawn Thomas Masonry came up a little short on this one. The purpose of a head or cap  flashing is to cover the gap at the top of the window or door to keep water from flowing behind the casing. Take some notes ST.

6 copper drip capProbably just as well, so I could replace them with a soldered solid copper flashing.

7 drip cap closeupAnd you need to use copper nails to fasten the flashing to the wall. Protecto wrap will go over this and the house wrap will go over that.

8 mudroom with wireThe wire lath is attached with a roofing gun. Yep. everything is now flashed correctly. You’ll see a casing bead along the sides of the window – we’ll see more of that in the next post.

9 first stone foundationOn the concrete sections of the foundation a couple of courses of stone can go up. Part of this will be covered by dirt when the yard is properly graded. This is put on to keep the weeps up above ground level – you’ll see.

10 rainscreen startHere the rain screen is cut to match the stone contours. The material looks like corrugated cardboard split in two. It’s made of polypropylene and the fabric is used to keep the mortar out of the channels.

11 rainscreen weepsI found it much easier to put the weeps in this way. I used a little house wrap tape to hold them in position.

12 through the wall flashingThe wall is prepared with a flexible through the wall flashing that seals the top of the stone. This creates a barrier so water doesn’t get behind the stone and freeze causing bond failure. In this picture you can see the waterproofing, rain screen and weeps and the wire lath attached in the background.

13 weeps installedThe weeps are covered with the fabric to keep mortar from clogging the channels. Roofing nails fasten the expanded metal lath to the wood framing  and blue tapcon screws are used to fasten the lath to the concrete below.

14 rainscreen with wireHere we are ready for the scratch coat. The layers from the inside out are as follows. House wrap – 15 pound asphalt felt – rain screen with fabric cover – expanded diamond lath.

Long post, but we’re getting somewhere.



Crash Boom Pop Crunch

You might have received a little note of gibberish from me the past few minutes – please forgive me as I am still slightly under the influence of pain killers. But I digress-

I noticed from the calendar that it’s been some time since my last post.This was beyond my control this time – no laziness or busy schedule to place blame. Nope, this was an old fashioned accident that has kept me until now from the keyboard.

On June 8th I was happily detailing the rain-screen underlayment on the mudroom addition. Limestone cladding is going over this little addition, and my twin ladder and scaffold board setup was working fine and I had been working on them for several hours – that is until a wasp decided to visit me dive bomber style.

On wave of the hand and off the ladder I went backwards. Determined to avoid a head injury I made sure I landed feet first. And I stuck the landing. that’s a good thing – and a bad thing. Good= no bump on my noodle Bad= 60 year old bones at 8′ on to a concrete sidewalk meant there would be problems.

So I sit and write this note to you in a wheelchair – a place I’ll be for the next three months. One foot whose heel is now sporting a metal plate with 8 screws and the other leg complete with three pins.

So no pictures this time – but the good news is I will walk again. I will get to continue my epic little misadventure.

Perhaps the old girl needed a rest from my constant revisions – or maybe I did.

Whatever the reason – I’ll be back doing and redoing – and I let you know what’s going on right here at Misadventures in Remodeling.

Here’s wishing everyone a safe and happy summer.

Talk to you soon.