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No Broken Bones Solutions Please 8)
« on: March 15, 2015, 02:41:54 PM »
I have a problem which is ... this:



That is a slat of vinyl siding which I'm guessing was blown open with some strong winds that we have been having.

My biggest problem is .. this:





I can't possibly stand on that slant without the fear of falling right off!

And, even if I could stand on the roof, the siding is still up above my hand height!
I have called numerous 'fixit' folks but none have bothered to come out to look at the problem!

I can't imagine even bothering a siding company to come fix, what would be a "Not Worthwhile" job for them?
I have an extension ladder so getting up on the roof wouldn't be a problem.
(The problem is .. I'm 63 years old and falls ain't what they use to be!) :scared:

Ideas please?

Thanks

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Re: No Broken Bones Solutions Please 8)
« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2015, 02:48:48 PM »
Insurance? If left unattended, this could get costly, so you'd think they'd be interested.
The fact that it came away so easily makes me wonder if it was improperly installed, so a quick fix doesn't seem like a good idea.
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« Reply #2 on: March 15, 2015, 02:56:10 PM »
What would it cost to rent a small man lift for the day or what ever time it takes.  They have some you can move around with a car or truck.

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« Reply #3 on: March 15, 2015, 03:59:12 PM »
OK...first, disclaimer: working on a roof is inherently hazardous.  You could fall and risk ending up with sever injuries, an unfixed house, and worst of all, have your face-plant immortalized on YouTube forever.  Do not do this unless you have stable footing, a helper, and a safety tether.

OK, first idea: could you climb up to the peak, lay over it (head on the side of the loose siding, feet on the other for balance), and try to work the piece back in with a long tool of some sort? (Rake wrapped in an old blanket, push-broom, etc.)
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« Reply #4 on: March 15, 2015, 04:38:00 PM »
OK...first, disclaimer: working on a roof is inherently hazardous.  You could fall and risk ending up with sever injuries, an unfixed house, and worst of all, have your face-plant immortalized on YouTube forever.  Do not do this unless you have stable footing, a helper, and a safety tether.

OK, first idea: could you climb up to the peak, lay over it (head on the side of the loose siding, feet on the other for balance), and try to work the piece back in with a long tool of some sort? (Rake wrapped in an old blanket, push-broom, etc.)
You 'do' realize that you are talking to a coward? :lol:

There is not a chance in #ell that I would even 'think' of getting up on the top most roof!
It's about 25 feet to a really hard fall.
I did try to hit the siding into place with a long pole from my extension ladder.

Wont work because the one corner of the vinyl slat has pulled away from behind another piece and needs to be tucked back into place.

I do appreciate your response though!

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« Reply #5 on: March 15, 2015, 05:52:50 PM »
Could you simply go up on a ladder from the front (the wall where the downspout runs), reach around the corner, and get the corner back in place?  (If so, you could work it back into place with a long pole.)

If not...sorry, dude, time to call the siding guy. :(
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« Reply #6 on: March 16, 2015, 12:32:20 PM »
Call someone who does siding.  One that carries liability and workmens comp insurance and has the right equipment. 
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Re: No Broken Bones Solutions Please 8)
« Reply #7 on: March 17, 2015, 10:02:16 AM »
I feel really foolish.

As Jarlaxle indicated, the guy came out, put his extension ladder up against the front side of the house, reached around the corner and 'fixed' it!

Took him all of five minutes!

What can I say?

I'm old?  :blushing:

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« Reply #8 on: March 17, 2015, 08:25:22 PM »
I feel really foolish.

As Jarlaxle indicated, the guy came out, put his extension ladder up against the front side of the house, reached around the corner and 'fixed' it!

Took him all of five minutes!

What can I say?

I'm old? :blushing:


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Re: No Broken Bones Solutions Please 8)
« Reply #9 on: March 17, 2015, 08:53:52 PM »
I feel really foolish.

As Jarlaxle indicated, the guy came out, put his extension ladder up against the front side of the house, reached around the corner and 'fixed' it!

Took him all of five minutes!

What can I say?

I'm old?  :blushing:

That's what I call a "smart play".
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« Reply #10 on: March 18, 2015, 06:54:48 AM »
That's what I call a "smart play".
Yep, ya get to a point in your life where paying a little extra for some kid to do the work is the smart move.
The body doesn't heal nearly as fast as when you're young, which is why I'll happily pay some kid looking for work to do all the menial shit, like cutting firewood.

I learned this after watching my dad at 93, slip and fall in the yard twisting his arm and tearing some muscles.
No big really, but the doc gave him pain pills, so he didn't have the motivation to stay active, he died within 6 months.
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« Reply #11 on: April 23, 2015, 11:49:49 PM »
I feel really foolish.

As Jarlaxle indicated, the guy came out, put his extension ladder up against the front side of the house, reached around the corner and 'fixed' it!

Took him all of five minutes!

What can I say?

I'm old?  :blushing:

You got on the right track, but you didn't run the race until the end. Obviously, mere mortals on ladders put the siding up there in the first place. Wondering how they did it is silly.

Calling a siding pro was the right move, but don't rely on the "fix." The fact that the siding came loose in wind is an indication that it was improperly installed in the first place, and the fact that the guy could "fix" it so quickly from a ladder is just proof of what I'm saying. A true fix may involve removing and re-installing the siding on that entire section of the house.
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« Reply #12 on: May 10, 2015, 01:48:30 PM »
You got on the right track, but you didn't run the race until the end. Obviously, mere mortals on ladders put the siding up there in the first place. Wondering how they did it is silly.

Calling a siding pro was the right move, but don't rely on the "fix." The fact that the siding came loose in wind is an indication that it was improperly installed in the first place, and the fact that the guy could "fix" it so quickly from a ladder is just proof of what I'm saying. A true fix may involve removing and re-installing the siding on that entire section of the house.
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« Reply #13 on: May 10, 2015, 02:03:06 PM »
N-o-o-o-o!!!! :scared: :scared: :scared: :scared:
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