Installing Starter Strip for vinyl siding

There are two basic steps to installing vinyl siding: installing the trim pieces and installing the siding itself.

Choosing and Installing Trim Pieces

Every place where vinyl siding joins something else—a window, a door, another wall—requires the appropriate trim piece. The trim pieces loosely hold the siding in place, cover any cuts, and provide a small space where the siding can expand and contract. All lines of vinyl siding come with several standard trim pieces, plus some extras.

Most of the time the bottom of each piece of siding locks into the piece below it. But for the first row on a wall, the bottom locks into a special trim piece called a starter strip.

Outside corner stripAn outside corner post is used for outside corners. There is a channel molded into each side of the post to receive the end of the siding.

There are several options for trimming out inside corners. The easiest is an inside corner post. It's also possible to use two piece of J-channel installed back-to-back to create the same effect.

Many professional siding contractors bend a piece of vinyl or aluminum flashing for the inside corner and then use a single piece of J-channel. However, this requires a sophisticated tool called a brake.

J ChannelJ-channel is the most common piece of siding trim. Besides being used for inside corners, it's used for trimming around windows and doors. It is also used where siding meets a soffit or roof at an angle.

At the top corners of windows and doors, the two pieces of J-channel should be mitered and overlapped carefully so that moisture is directed down and around the window and doesn't get a chance to seep behind the siding or trim.

J-Channel J-Channel used for inside corner J-Channel around a window undersill trim

Where siding runs up into a horizontal surface (like under a window or at a soffit) you need a piece of undersill trim. In these situations the top edge of the siding will usually have to be cut to fit. The undersill trim is designed to grab this cut edge and hold it in place.

Installing Siding

Siding pieces generally come 12 feet long and between 10 and 12 inches high. The bottom of each piece hooks on to a lock molded into the top of the piece below it (except the first piece on the bottom, which locks into the starter strip). The top of each piece is loosely nailed into the studs, or into wood sheathing.

Inside Corner Strip J Channel Overlapping Around Door Frame J Channel around Bottom of Window Starter Strip for siding

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3 to 5 thousand. possibly more depending on brand of door and wall issues. To do it right. you need to remove the stucco or siding atleast 9" past the new framed opeing. install new header and king studs. install door,flash, and stucco patch then trim the insided. a vinyl door is around $1k and a wood is around $2,000 to $4,000 then factor the demo,and installation. if you are in LA try Terry lumber or Ganahl in OC. ask for refferals and get them to price the door.

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  • Avatar David H Do you believe Israel will make a military strike against Iran`s Nuclear installations?
    Jul 04, 2008 by David H | Posted in Current Events

    If so, what do you think will be the likely scenario.

    • Of course they will,the israeli's wont like the fact that one of its enemies a developed nuclear technology and that it could strike israel soil if there is a nuclear warhead present.
      it will be looked upon by israels allies as a pre-emptive strike so they will get away with it