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All Vinyl Siding is Not Equal /Helpful Baking Soda Tips

In Baking Soda Helpful Tips, Vinyl Siding on September 21, 2011 at 2:05 pm

Vinyl Siding is Not All Equal

Q:
There’s such a difference in the cost of vinyl siding a house. Isn’t all vinyl siding created equal?

A:
I didn’t want to say this but I am actually forced to. “You get what you pay for”. There are different grades of vinyl as well as aluminum siding. Better grades can cost as much as 35-percent more but look better and last longer.

Another factor in price is the quality of, experience of, and the workmanship. Now, just because someone says he’s been doing it for 20 years doesn’t mean he is doing it right. I’ve seen terrible installation jobs using quality material. Such as, the siding was improperly lapped, sagging, or loose. Some contractors don’t even know how to properly trim around eaves, windows, doors, and edges. And when the trim looks bad, the job is bad.

One manufacturer found, that in over half the problem-siding jobs it was called out on, improper nailing was the cause. The nails should be hammered into the center of the sidings’ elongated slots and the nail heads should extend 1/16-inch from the face of the sheathing. They should not be hammered tight; also nails should be one-inch longer than the thickness of the underlayment for strength.

Helpful Hints Using Baking Soda

You know that box of baking soda in the back of your refrigerator? The purpose is to absorb odors and it works! Baking soda is also useful in other ways as well. Here are a few of those ways:

•    After handling smelly foods or chemicals you can scrub your hands with warm water and baking soda to remove those odors.
•    It’s also great as a kitchen fire extinguisher. If a small stove fire occurs, pour on the baking soda to snuff out the flames. It’s nowhere as messy as a chemical    fire extinguisher.
•    I have heard that if you have a musty, smelly book, you should seal it in plastic with baking soda for a few weeks. That should eliminate the odor, unless of course, the story itself stinks.

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