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danswalsh85
Replace exterior siding on side by side building
danswalsh85

I recently purchased a 1920s home with a detached garage that is in rough shape with a lot of water intrusion. One side of the garage is located directly adjacent to the neighbor's garage, with maybe 12" between the two structures - not enough room to get in and do any work. Am I out of luck on making any repairs, or is there a technique I could use to replace the siding on a building with no access to the exterior? I've tried searching around the web but haven't been able to come up with anything. Hopefully someone has come across a similar problem before - any input would be much appreciated!

Thanks,

Danny

A. Spruce
Re: Replace exterior siding on side by side building
A. Spruce

If you can't get to it, you can't get to it. Is there a roof over this gap between the structures or is it exposed to the elements?

danswalsh85
Re: Replace exterior siding on side by side building
danswalsh85

The gap between is exposed to the elements. As of now, the gutters on both garages are gone. The first thing I plan to do is reinstall a gutter on my garage roof. My roof line is lower, and it should end up catching the runoff from both structures.

A. Spruce
Re: Replace exterior siding on side by side building
A. Spruce
danswalsh85 wrote:

The gap between is exposed to the elements. As of now, the gutters on both garages are gone.

Not good!

danswalsh85 wrote:

The first thing I plan to do is reinstall a gutter on my garage roof. My roof line is lower, and it should end up catching the runoff from both structures.

You may want to extend your roof so that your gutter absolutely catches all water from both roofs, I'd suggest coordinating with your neighbor and possibly extending both roofs to fill the gap and work with a single gutter. I would recommend at minimum a 5" fascia gutter, 7" would be better, considering you're working with two roofs and the general organic debris that tends to find its way into gutters.

You will want to make maintenance of the roof and gutter a priority, meaning regular cleaning of the gutter and downspout so that they function properly at all times.

Jack
Re: Replace exterior siding on side by side building
Jack

While it is a pain in the [email protected]@, the siding can be replaced if you can remove part of the roof. Knock the old siding off and work from the inside, leaning out between the studs to nail the new siding on. Once you get near the top you will need to remove some of the roof to nail the top rows on.

Jack

HoustonRemodeler
Re: Replace exterior siding on side by side building
HoustonRemodeler

In my fair city, it is against building code to have water from your property or building go onto an adjoining property. My garage was cited for this very thing, even though it was built in 1927.

Not only should you install gutters, but your neighbor must as well.

ordjen
Re: Replace exterior siding on side by side building
ordjen

Obviously, there is a way of doing it. Someone did it way back when. I suspect Houston is right, either that or they grew carpenters a lot skinnier back then!

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