It just keeps snowballing
My house has aluminum siding, put on in 1970 over the original wood siding installed when the house was built in 1984. It badly needs painting. So, I decided before I start painting I would replace the front door on my enclosed breezeway.
3 weekends ago my dad came up to help me replace the door. We removed the old door and found that the entire wall was completely rotted - water had been leaking in, probably since the house was built. We spent 2 days tearing off the olf wall, re-framing it, installing new windows & the new door. We had carefully removed the old aluminum siding so we could re-use it. Problem was, it didn't fit. The door & windows were not exactly in the same place.
Last weekend my friend and I removed the siding from the back of my garage. We used it to re-side the front of the breezeway. It matches up really well & looks great (but still needs painted).
What we found when we removed it from the back of the garage is 1. water has been leaking behind it and the top 2/3 of original wood siding is completely rotted, and 2. the window sill of the garage window is completely rotted.
I've decided to just remove the window & frame it in, install sheeting & cover it when I install new siding next weekend. I can't get siding to match the rest of the house, but I have a ravine behind my house & nearest neighbors are 1/2 a mile on the other side of the ravine, so it doesn't matter.
I'm afraid what we'll find when we start tearing off the rotted old siding on the back of the garage - I hope the sheets & framing is not rotted. It's a bearing wall so I hope the top beam isn't rotted!
What I thought was a project that would cost $200 and take 3 hours has cost $1100 and taken 3 weekends so far. Will this snowball ever end?