March 21, 2019

Carport Repair: Replacing the Old Siding

Ordinarily carports don't have siding, but the builder of ours added a small storage space at the back. Once Dan had the new metal roof on he was ready to replace that siding.

The old siding was some kind of fiberboard.

Old siding removed.

It wasn't a lot to replace, but of course there were hidden surprises to keep things interesting.

Rotted fly rafter

So that had to be replaced. Dan also added gable end studs for support and for something to nail the new siding to.

New fly rafter and gable end supports.

We decided to use the same barn board siding and color scheme we used on the house.

Ready for primer and paint (a warm weather project).

The other place that needed new siding was the gable end in the front.



It came with a surprise too.

Some sort of ridge beam support.

Here's a closeup.

????

The two-by-four nailed to this ridge beam support was apparently only for something to nail the siding boards to. Dan replaced it with another two-by-four and a collar beam.


One fly rafter needed to be replaced and he added a couple of gable end supports too.


Lastly the siding.


Primer and paint will be next, once it warms up a bit.

27 comments:

Gorges Smythe said...

Fly rafter - I always wondered if that piece had a name!

Sheryl said...

The carport is coming along nicely ,you will love it when it's finished xx

Leigh said...

Gorges, I wouldn't have known if Dan hadn't told me!

Sheryl, it will be very useful!

Kristina said...

Looks great!

Rose said...

It sure looks good. I kniw ypu will both be glad when it can be painted.

Kris said...

Yep lots of "builders" make sure things 'look' good, but underneath? *shudder* Dan is a wonder. Looking good (outside and IN), guys.

Fiona said...

What a great post. I love your construction posts. It will be awesome when it is painted. Well its awesome now👍👍

J.L. Murphey said...

One problem leads to another, and then another when you repair rather than replace. At least now you have a stable structure that won't collapse on you. Cockeyed Jo

Mama Pea said...

WHAT an improvement, even without the paint! The man/woman/folks who originally built your place made it usable, but oh my, talk about being held together with baling wire and twine!

Retired Knitter said...

So many surprises, but not really a surprise in an old structure. It will look great!

Rain said...

Those two building look fabulous, well done. I think they look great without the paint too!

Nancy @ Little Homestead In Boise said...

Nice!

Mike Yukon said...

Myself having installed gable end siding, I'm just wondering if Dan was wishing he had a 3rd arm! :-)

Leigh said...

Thanks ya'll! Thankfully the whole thing was in good enough shape to make repair the best option. Now it's beginning to look like less of an eyesore which is always a plus!

The Wykeham Observer said...

It's funny how homeowners fixed things like you described the best way they could with what they had on hand. I feel kind of humbled because they were doing the best they could and tried their best, I guess. Now it's so much better with a real thorough job. So nice to see the improvement and know it has really been repaired to last awhile. Phil

Mark Shaw said...

Looking good

Leigh said...

Phil, Dan says someday someone will likely be scratching their heads over things we've done, just like we do things we find here. It would be interesting to talk to those builders.

Thanks Mark!

Ed said...

On the front side "surprise", it looks like it was cut with a dull pocket knife!

Mrs Shoes said...

"hidden surprises"
Isn't that always the rub! Looks good Dan.

Leigh said...

Ed, that's doing what it takes to get the job done! LOL It worked.

Mrs. Shoes, always! Keeps things interesting, eh?

Toirdhealbheach Beucail said...

It looks great!

That close up photo is, well, a wonder. Amazing it stayed up that long.

wyomingheart said...

That is one beautiful project done! I wasn't aware of a fly rafter, but have since looked it up. Thanks for assisting in my learning curve...lol!

Leigh said...

TB, a wonder indeed, LOL. Still, it did the job and Dan actually left it. He just added a new piece to nail the siding to.

Wyomingheart, that carport has been a mess for so long; what a relief the change is. Yes, fly rafters have been part of my learning curve too, thanks to the carport project. :)

Pam Jackson said...

Always nice when you have a handy person to help get that work done, and a really good job. I usually have to replace siding on my house every spring. THe creek next to the house don't play pretty with my siding which is basically pressed boards. Not what a house should have been built with.

Leigh said...

Pam, you're right about that. That kind of siding is cheaper to buy but more expensive in the long run because it doesn't hold up well. Fortunately it wasn't used on our house, but the carport and outbuildings had it.

M.K. said...

Oh my word! When you said surprises, you weren't joking. Under that siding on the front side -- what kind of support IS that? Yikes. So glad Dan is able to make good, tight, supportive carpentry. That carport is looking SO good!

greenjournalhomestead said...

Looks great as always! Thanks for sharing.