Do-it-yourself Siding

One issue I was confronted with was keeping the longer board against the fence. I came up with a system for the task using an old spring hinge that I found in the barn and a production artist’s burnisher that hopefully my wife won’t miss.I’m milling up the siding for our new house from roughly 1-inch thick Douglas fir that we harvested from our property. Each board goes through the saw several times:
Rip the board in half
Rip to width x 2
First tongue cut x 2
Finish cut to create the tongue x 2

That’s seven cuts, if you’re keeping track. I cut all the shorter pieces by myself, but when it came to the 300 or so nine-foot boards, it was nice to have someone on the other side to grab each piece and hand back to me for the second cut, then add to a pile while I started on the next.

I started off with the set-up pretty close to the blade, but found that it worked better to move it further away. Close in, it sometimes it trapped the cut-off from the tongue and the blade wanted to grab it and throw it backwards. This only happened when a knot or void caused the piece to break early.

The system is working pretty well, though the spring is not as tight as I’d like it to be. I’ll go search around the barn for something that might work better. Or maybe, head for Jerry’s.

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You could do it yourself in one day. If you're not familiar with siding, it might take you a little while to figure it out... basically just miter out some j-channel, nail, and caulk it. Aluminum is harder (bends and must be carefully cut)...
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Depends on how many windows you have, type of windows, type of installation...etc., etc.. Estimates are free, call three window companies and get some quotes. As a side note, nowadays, upgrading to dual pane is an almost given. If you were selling your house, it would count against it if you had single pane windows. For ballpark figure.........average single story, stucco, house, built in 60-70s, would cost roughly 3500-6000.00. Total guesstimate. You can measure your windows yourself and get prices for the units themselves, then get an idea on what companies are getting for labor. You also need to figure out if you want retrofits, or new construction windows, where they either cut the stucco or remove your siding

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