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siding, wrong nails, a question

Posted by chompskyd (My Page) on
Wed, Nov 14, 12 at 15:19


This is a x-post with Remodeling, but I wasn't sure which forum would be most appropriate.

We recently had part of our house resided, and the contractors used ungalvanized nails. This, of course, is unacceptable -- they are already starting to rust.

The contractor is willing to pull down the siding (Hardiplank) and trim, pull out the nails, and rehang the same materials with the correct nails. They don't want to pay to replace all of the materials.

My gut tells me this is a bad idea...but I'm not sure why. Is this an acceptable solution or should we demand that all of the materials be replaced? What about holes in the housewrap underneath?

Thanks for you help. We want to be fair, but we also don't want the siding to look like a hack job, and needless to say, we are pretty unhappy with this contractor.

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RE: siding, wrong nails, a question

They really screwed up. If they re-use the Hardi, they can't re-use the same nail holes, since the holes have been compromised by having the first nails removed. They would then have to caulk a LOT of nail holes. The housewrap has been compromised too, as you pointed out. I would want a complete new job, including materials. BTW- They really should use stainless steel nails to do the best job.

It amazes me that a contractor would spend all of the time and money on a premium product, and use cheap nails.

RE: siding, wrong nails, a question

Thanks for the help. I appreciate it.

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