Installing An Exterior Mounting Board

By Robert Robillard

Installing Mounting Blocks For Electrical Boxes Mounting a new light fixture or other item onto a clapboard or vinyl sided home can be problematic due to the fact that the house siding is not a flat surface. In the case of a light fixture you can use a specially molded light weight house siding mounting…

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Wood Siding Clearances

By Robert Robillard

Wood Siding Clearances Wood trim and siding should always be installed with an air gap when installed at a roof, ground or concrete contact area.   Flashing is typically used to make the connection between the two. Roof Areas Trim that extends down to a roof such as on dormer sidewalls and decks require a…

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Composite Exterior Trim Mouldings

By Robert Robillard

Photo: Concord Carpenter installing a vinyl clad window. This window will l receive an ATW trim surround. PVC Trim Moldings When asked what I think is most important about choosing a new window for someone’s home I answer with some specific points: 1) Architectural detail and aesthetics 2) Energy efficiency 3) Durability As for the…

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How To Replace an Exterior Door

By Robert Robillard

Replacing an Exterior Door Replacing an existing exterior door with a new pre-hung door is a fairly straightforward task. In most cases you measure the old door and try to get a new door the same size. When measuring and ordering a new door there are four things you need to know: 1. Door size:…

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Sidewall Flashing

By Robert Robillard

Photo: AConcordCarpenter.com Importance Of Flashing Over Your Siding Before installing siding, make sure that flashing is installed to prevent moisture from entering wall and roof spaces. Sidewall flashing is an important line of defense in controlling moisture in wall assemblies as well as prevent a roof leak. Flashing intercepts and redirects the flow of water…

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Rain Screen Wall

By Robert Robillard

Photo Components of a Rain Screen Wall The basic rain screen wall configuration, incorporates two layers, the house sheathing and weather barrier and the house siding both separated by an air space. What is a rain screen wall? A rain screen wall is a very successful siding installation method for deterring rainwater intrusion into walls.…

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AZEK Trim and Deck Boards

By Robert Robillard

PVC Trim And Decking Boards By AZEK AZEK Building Products Company offers an array of building materials for outdoor applications. AZEK Trim and Deck Boards,  Moulding, Porch and Rail products that are maintenance free and easy to install. AZEK Trim is the number one brand of pvc trim nationally – it is an excellent wood…

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Moisture Intrusion Into The Building Envelope

By Robert Robillard

Moisture Intrusion Into The Building Envelope = Big Problem! Today’s guest post is from my friend Mark Parlee. Mark is a builder and building consultant who deals with moisture intrusion and construction defects reporting in the greater Des Moines, Iowa area. My first introduction to Mark was when I read his excellent article written for…

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