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The Ultimate Installing Vinyl Siding Quiz
by Staff
As you left the house the other day, you noticed that the exterior is in a desperate state. An experienced do-it-yourselfer such as you doesn’t need a pro to put up some siding, though. You're quite sure you can do this one on your own. Take our quiz first, to make sure you know what's involved in installing new vinyl siding for your home.

Vinyl siding is likely to last for how long?

  • three to five years
  • a decade
  • several decades

Which of these is usually used to hold up siding?

  • nails
  • epoxy glue
  • pressure

Why should you avoid nailing siding too tightly to the house?

  • Siding needs room to expand and contract.
  • Siding looks better when it's a little loose.
  • If you keep the siding loose, it will be more wind resistant.

To what will you nail your new layer of siding?

  • the old layer of siding
  • a thin layer of steel
  • a layer of wood

The first strip of siding you install is called what?

  • a primer
  • a starter strip
  • a flex board

Before you nail each new strip of siding, you must first do which of these?

  • Lock the new strip into place.
  • Clean the old strip.
  • Poke starter holes into the vinyl.

What sort of siding should you use for the areas around your windows?

  • standard siding
  • window siding
  • trim siding

The first set of measurements you take should be which of these?

  • slope ratio
  • external area
  • acreage of the house

To determine the area of the triangular sections of the exterior, you should use which of these equations?

  • width plus height times three
  • width times height divided by 180 degrees
  • width times height divided by two

After calculating the area of each exterior wall, including triangular and irregular sections, what should you do?

  • Measure the windows and doors.
  • Order the siding.
  • Begin removing the old siding.

If all of the windows in your home are the same size, you can save time with which of these short cuts?

  • Check the original house plans for the exact measurements of the house.
  • Multiply the area of one your windows by the number of windows in the house.
  • Contact the contractor that did the previous siding job.

Now that you know the areas of each wall, and the area of the gaps, what should you do?

  • Add up the total area of the walls, and subtract from that the total area of gaps for windows and doors.
  • Order siding for each section of the house individually.
  • Begin tearing down the old siding.

Once you have calculated the amount of siding you need, you should add how much leeway to the order?

  • 3 percent
  • 10 percent
  • 18 percent

If you have to cover 2,500 square feet, you will have to order how many "squares" of siding?

  • 25
  • 250
  • 2500

One of the very few disadvantages of vinyl siding is which of these?

  • Vinyl siding is very expensive.
  • Vinyl siding doesn't last very long.
  • Vinyl siding gets dirty very easily.

What are the best materials with which to clean vinyl siding?

  • ammonia and bleach
  • industrial vinyl siding cleaner
  • soap and water

When cleaning siding with a high-pressure hose, you should avoid which of these?

  • You should not spray the water directly at the siding.
  • You should not use hot water.
  • You should not wash the siding more than once a month

In which direction should the water approach the siding?

  • upward
  • downward
  • sideways

If you haven't cleaned your siding in while, you should add a little bit up which of these chemicals to the soapy water?

  • hydrochloric acid
  • hydrogen peroxide
  • oxygen bleach

What should you use to apply soapy water to vinyl siding?

  • a soft brush
  • a Brillo pad
  • a toothbrush