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One day when I was walking around my college campus, I saw a group of people with these yellow tripods. At first I thought they might be photographers, but they sure looked like strange ones! I went up and asked them what they were doing, and it turns out they were a group of students from a construction class who were surveying the land for a project. I was fascinated. I was able to sign up for the class the next semester, and while it didn't stick or change my professional trajectory, it did create a new hobby for me! Ever since then, I've been interested in construction, from surveying to management to the actual building. I figured running a blog about it would give me a nice excuse to keep up my interests!

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Can You Install Your Own Vinyl Siding?

by Mike Brewer

If you want an affordable way to upgrade the exterior walls of your house, you should definitely consider vinyl siding. Perhaps the best feature of installing vinyl siding is the fact that you can do most of the work, as long as you have the ability to handle the physical aspects of the labor. You will also need some basic tools. This article briefly explains the process of installing vinyl siding. It should help you decide whether or not it is a home improvement project that you can take on yourself, or if it is something you should leave to the professionals.

Handling Vinyl Siding

First, you need to consider the logistical and physical requirements of handling vinyl siding. It is usually sold in packages with several planks. These planks could be quite long, sometimes over 12', so you obviously need a truck to transport them to the job site. Vinyl is relatively lightweight, but the packages usually need to be carried by 2 people, if only because they are so awkward to handle. You also need to carry the planks while you are climbing up and down a ladder throughout the process. This not only requires a little bit of strength, it also requires good balance and coordination. If you don't feel comfortable climbing up and down a ladder with this load, you should let professionals, such as Hatboro Lumber & Fuel Co., handle your job.

What Tools You Need

It is also very important to consider the tools that are necessary for vinyl siding installation. In reality, the tool requirements vary depending on what type of sidewalls you have. It is usually the easiest to install vinyl siding on wooden or stucco walls with wood framing. However, if you have a concrete or brick structure, it will be a little more difficult to secure the pieces to the wall. You will need to use special concrete bits to pre-drill the holes for the anchor pieces.

The Design of your Home

One last thing to consider is intricacy and design of your phone. If your home has a bunch of curved walls and a lot of edges, it will be more difficult to install the siding. You will have to make many more cuts compared to a a home with mostly flat walls.

In the end, if you don't have any construction experience, if your home has a complicated floor plan, or if you have concrete sidewalls, you might want to let professionals install your vinyl. However, if you have a basic tract home with wooden framing, and have the essential tools, you should not be afraid to take on the project.

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