Removing Exterior Siding
My friends came out to help with the siding removal. We started sometime early in the morning to avoid the daytime heat.
I had ordered a 20 yard trash dumpster earlier in the week. The Waste Management truck set the dumpster in the front yard between the house and garage. That way we didn't have to far to carry junk. I never thought trash would cost so much.
The first layer came off relatively easy. Though, we had to be very careful of the aluminum siding edges. They were sharp. At least the house was only one story. I'm not to fond of working on ladders. That's me on the extension ladder, by the way.
The only issue we had tearing off the siding was WASP's. I don't think anyone ever got stung, but they were all over the gables and eaves. It didn't take long to learn how to quickly get down from a extension ladder.
We started on the back side of the home. You can see in this picture the first layer of cedar siding was backed by a layer of tar paper. The tar paper was very brittle and came off in tiny pieces. What a mess that was. The outer aluminum layer of siding was backed by a layer of aluminum foil paper.
The trash you see in the lower left came from the basement. Just something else to get in our way. That's how a remodel goes.
- Invite friends to help
- Have tools ready for everyone
- Keep plenty of drinks on hand
- Above all else, Have a good time
The house being vacant for two or so years had some wild growing vegetation. shrubs and such were growing up the sides of the house all over the place. I think I was using a Sawzall in this picture
Can you guess what I'm thinking here?
It's just gotta go! What could be the safest way to eliminate the front porch, I was wondering?
We had decided to cut out all legs except for one in the middle. we would then use a sledge hammer and knock out the last leg. From there, hopefully the porch roof would simply fall and swing down stopping at the house.
Once we got it down we could then cut it up with saws.
See Front Porch Removal for details.