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My brother currently has a tile installation business and is interested in expanding his business. What would be the best way to educate yourself on installing siding and windows on residential homes?

I am not in the contracting business currently but am joining my brothers business to help him manage and expand(market) his services as he has limited time to perform these tasks. Hence the reason for this message.

Any suggestions?
 

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Grumpy said:
damn, great info! It's going to take some studying.

How can I also find out about what issues are common when installing siding. IE. rotten wood, proper sheathing replacement if needed, etc. and how to handle those issues?

I want to make sure that we are as knowledgable as possible before we venture into this business.

Thanks for the link!
 

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jranaudo said:
I want to make sure that we are as knowledgable as possible before we venture into this business.
Work for a sider
The "book-learnin'" will help you be aware and be prepared
I suggest doing as much of that as possible
But there is nothing like doin'
Maybe you can sign on as seasonal help with someone
 

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Work for a sider
The "book-learnin'" will help you be aware and be prepared
I suggest doing as much of that as possible
But there is nothing like doin'
Maybe you can sign on as seasonal help with someone
That would be ideal but my bro is busy with his tile business. I don't think he would be able to spare enough time for anyone to hire him.

Second I am just helping out with limited hours during the week. I have another job in an unrelated field.

Cool thing is we have a few practice houses we can use to get off the ground. IE. family members willing to allow us to side their house for just the material cost plus some beer and wings :cheesygri
 

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Read Read Read

When I have run into strange situations on jobs I have often times found local libraries to be helpful. Sometimes they have college textbooks from construction classes or the how-to books or search the web. Here are some that I found:

http://www.napcobuildingmaterials.com/NapcoWeb.nsf/HOInstall?Openform&HOwner

http://www.popularmechanics.com/home_improvement/home_improvement/1276586.html?c=y&page=2

http://www.lpcorp.com/findliterature.aspx

http://www.homestore.com/HomeGarden...O_InstallingClapboardSiding.asp?poe=homestore

http://www.cedar-siding.com/installing_siding/bevel-siding.htm


Best of luck to you! :Thumbs:
 

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Just dont be one of those "siding is easy" type guys, actually nailing up the siding is easy, it's making the job turn out like a pro that literally takes time in the feild running into many different issues that will set you apart from the hacks. Only buildings that are "common" are new construct, any remodel type siding job will have all sorts of barriers you must overcome, and aint no book in the world big enough to cover 1/2 of these since every house is different-literally.

Trying to do this as a new venture with no experience will be a hard road, if he has no time to invest, and no real world experience, maybe he better rethink it or strictly sub contract it out.
 
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