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Old 02-05-2009, 05:37 AM  
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There, now doesn't it feel better you helped out also.
Your problem is easily fixed. You need to get a piece of flashing made with what is called a brake for bending metal. Any siding co will bend your stuff for a small fee I'm sure. It needs to go behind the siding AND most important , behind the housewrap which may or may not be installed and then cover the brick ledge and bend down over an inch. It needs to layer on top of one another so the water runs off. The siding is only a rain screen, water gets behind it. The house=wrap does most of the work when water gets behind it. You will also need a siding removal tool, they are like 8 bucks at any lumberyard. What they do is to separate the piece above at the bottom seam. You will need to remove at least the first bottom course. If you have no housewarp underneath like tyvek or tarpaper, you will need to remove all the siding, wrap the area and reinstall the siding. Actually it is pretty easy to do. As for the rain coming, they do sell tarps. Good luck, hope it helps.



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InspectorD has good advice here. The big thing will the the layering that he talks about. Make sure that when the water runs down behind the siding that it is caught be the new flashing and diverted out to the brick.

InspectorD, do you have a suggestion on flashing size and material?

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Yikes!!!
I don't know if I understand you correctly, are you saying I have to completely cover the brick with flashing all the way down the side of my house?
How far does it have to cover the brick? Like wrapped over the side or just an inch or so from under the j-channel?
I don't think I follow...

Oh jeeze... If I remember correctly the siding contractor didn't use any "wrap" like your describing.
The only thing I remember him putting under the siding was this really thin green "styrofoam type" board, each piece butted up to the next, nothing overlapped.

Does this mean "I" am going to have to completely strip my house down and re-do it??? I think I'm gunna be sick...

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Don't get sick here..
Yes you may have to remove siding. Or get the contractor to come back and do it correctly. According to Manufacturers installation instructions.
The flashing should be copper, but that gets expensive. I would go with a coated aluminum flashing. The stuff they use to wrap facias and rake boards. It is a 5o foot roll which is 12 inches wide. Choose your color.
You only need to cover the edge of the brick an inch at the edge so the water runs off the wall. Not the face of the brick.
try www.vinylsiding.org for more technical info.
This is really an easy job for a diy, and we will be around.

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doh man yea thats too bad



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