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bob ny    Posted 12-15-2004 at 08:05:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
we have board and batten siding on our house. last summer we removed the batten left the i inch boards on the house ,installed tar paper then 1&1/2 inch styrofoam ins. then 1 in boarb and batted. our house is now 5 in larger. it got down to 6 degrees last night the inside temp went down to 69 ( we have the thermastate set on 70 ) what a differance from last winter. the tar paper instead of vapor paper is fot insects and mice protection it works

Greg VT    Posted 12-15-2004 at 08:45:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
We also have a board and batten sided house and I am considering doing the same thing next summer.

How did you deal with the windows and doors since you added 2 1/2 inches to the reveal? Did you just finish the exposed edge with the siding leaving the windows "inset"?

Did you put any kind of a finish/preservative on the siding?

Hemlock is the common material around here for for board and batten siding.

bob my    Posted 12-15-2004 at 09:21:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
we shimed the casings outand put alum. trim around the windows and doors soffetts and roof line we stained the wood before installing then touched up nais we also flashed around the bottom of the house where the house meets the foundation

mud    Posted 12-15-2004 at 08:16:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
hello bob ny,
what kind of wood did you use with the siding?
also- how wide & thick were the battens? did you nail the battens on one side only? curiousity got me. sounds like you tightened your place up nice & snug.


hoh ny    Posted 12-15-2004 at 08:27:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
i was lucky the wood came from a local sawyer with alarge kiln also lucky to get fir i see you have worked with b&b . i nailed on one side in a year or so i will nail on the other side.

I'm jealous...    Posted 12-15-2004 at 08:12:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
We have nothing in the walls...Clapboards on the outside and bead-board inside with air space in between...

Some day we'll have insulation...

A man has to have a dream...


KatG    Posted 12-15-2004 at 17:05:17       [Reply]  [Send Email]
When we were younger MAtt and I had a house dried in and did all the other work ourselves..quite alearning experience...I am a werid person...I like to do things other folks don't care about ...and putting up insulation is one of them...I insulated the entire house even the inside walls...I worked days and MAtt worked nights so when I got off I would go and do some insulting...Putting up drywall was tough...I do not care for that at all...We really did a good job on that house...took along time but we got it looking good...Then fell on hard times and lost it...It is right down the road from where we live now and was for sale...but I would not want to live on the highway anymore and don't want to go into debt again...This mobile home we have is 20 years old but MAtt has it fixed up real nice and it is paid for..We got 4 foot wide windows and they are not energy effencient at all...someday maybe we can replace them...KAtG

bob ny    Posted 12-15-2004 at 08:33:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
i looked into blown in ins. but thought about the wall cats windows and doors, decided on ouyside inss it's not all that expensive i don't know what the rate of return is but i know we saved 100.00 over last year so far.and we use oil as a second heating system( between 11:00 pm to 7:00 am)wood during the day boy is this cold spell damp hows by you

Ayuh...    Posted 12-15-2004 at 08:58:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hoar frost on the trees in the AM...Glad the ground is hardening up though, as I still need to drag 2 more cord in before the snow gets deep...


bob ny    Posted 12-15-2004 at 09:25:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
i had a cherry picker come in and cut some big dead limbs off a tree near my electric line and when i cut it up i left it in the difch , it rained for two days now froze, i don't have to tell you what happened do i

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