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
Which of these is usually used to hold up siding?
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 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?
The first set of measurements you take should be which of these?
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?
If you have to cover 2,500 square feet, you will have to order how many "squares" of siding?
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?
If you haven't cleaned your siding in while, you should add a little bit up which of these chemicals to the soapy water?
What should you use to apply soapy water to vinyl siding?