Siding over Board and Batton?

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Old 05-18-15, 12:30 PM
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Siding over Board and Batton?

The exterior siding of my home is in pretty bad shape, all along the bottom there is wood rot and few areas where is warped. The problem is that the siding is the exterior wall. Should I side over it, or pull it off and replace it with sheathing, then side? Also, my electric, cable, and phone lines are lashed to the side of the house. Any ideas on how to handle those?
 
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Old 05-18-15, 12:59 PM
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How far out do your windows protrude from the siding? If you remove the batten boards how much of a gap is between the boards? pics might be helpful - http://www.doityourself.com/forum/el...your-post.html
 
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Old 05-18-15, 04:44 PM
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You can probably pull off the battens and side over it. You will want to cut out any wavy or rotten boards and replace with equal thickness exterior plywood. You will then want to apply a WRB over the existing siding before putting on your new siding. It will probably require that you retrim all your windows.

Cable and phone... loosen wires and put new siding behind. Then call the cable and phone company to reattach or run new wire.

Electrical, had to say without pics. Usually you can get new siding behind any conduit. A/C boxes usually come off the wall, then go back on.
 
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If it's rotten at the bottom then most likly it was to close to grade.
Get those pictures posted.
 
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Old 05-20-15, 09:31 PM
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Sorry it took so long to post the pictures, haven't been home before dark. Here they are:
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The previous owner had tomato plants right next to the back of the house, so I think some of the damage is from him watering them. From what neighbors told me, they grew pretty high and he used the hooks you can see on the battons to secure them.
 
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Old 05-21-15, 04:31 AM
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That looks like masonite it's very susceptible to moisture damage and isn't a good substrate for nailing. I'd remove it and use plywood or osb.
 
 

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