Going to get this siding off!
We started on this side:
Inch by inch...
Row by row...
the asbestos siding came off from the top.
As a short person, I started on the bottom with the steel siding:
Here you can see how long the far right window is "supposed" to be:
Going to have to get a replacement in the original size!
We discovered that the original trim around the soffits was green:
This is one of the colors we have been debating for the trim if we can salvage the brick... I think it is confirmed!
Someone named Murray lived in our house:
Must find time to dig through the historical records at the library to confirm.
Finally... something SCARY. This is the corner of the wall:
SCARY. We have no idea if it is salvageable or not... or even if it is structurally sound. We took a risk taking the siding off... hopefully we didn't open a bigger can of worms. I suppose it is better for us to find and fix it than to live in ignorance.
How did we take the siding off? I thought you might ask. First, we donned special protective gear...
being a petite person, I had to try on several respirators to find one that would actually seal around my face. Most of them went past my eyelids when properly tightened!
Once we were fully geared up, we soaked the wall with water and dish-soap using a garden sprayer. We used nail snips to remove the heads off of the nails, allowing us to pull the shingles off intact with little to no breakage. We sprayed down the backs of the shingles and deposited them carefully in a heavy plastic bag. This is all that is required in my state... yours might be different.
It is very difficult to get the wood strips off of the brick without dislodging chunks of weaker brick... luckily most nails were in mortar. There are quite a few gouges that need patched, now...
Here is what we accomplished today:
Back in the saddle tomorrow, and all this week... we will be trying to decide the best course of action as we uncover more and more. Do we salvage? Do we patch and paint? Do we just stucco over it? Tough decisions... but at least the ugly siding is gone!
Disclaimer: I am NOT a professional. This is in no way a condonement of DIY asbestos containment or removal. Do NOT attempt to remove asbestos siding without consulting with the proper state licensing/permit agency. Do NOT attempt it without the proper safety precautions. And PLEASE do your research!