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I have a 1970 prefab home and now the shutters are beginning to rot out and I would like to make my own.
Now the story is when they built the house they put on the shutters before putting on the aluminum siding and when I take out the shutters there will be a hole.
My question is has anyone ever had to do this that could give me some hints and the depth of the hole would be 2" deep, would there be a U tube video that anyone knows of.
Thanks all.
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Stuart; my concern would be water ingression from the space that was left un-sided. If in fact it's nicely sealed by the original construction. Why is it so deep? Is there strapping under the Aluminum siding, on top of the original construction?
That's actually a good thing; that's the same as a modern 'rainscreen' (mandatory now).
I think I'd just go with 'BlueSkin' then 2x2 vertical strapping and whatever extra is required to come up flush with the top of the siding, then shutters to overlap the siding slightly.
Again, I'm curious as to why the siding construct is so deep?
Is there some type of panel insulation or something backing up the siding?
 

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Danon Van thanks for your reply but I've not taken off the old ones yet but I stuck a small screw driver in and it sank 2".
I know that I will have to waterproof if the is none. I was just wondered if anyone else ran into this and what they did.
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Take one off, get some pics to show us, and we'll be better able to give you GOOD advice! :)
Seriously though, I'm not happy that there's a void behind the shutters; that's just not sound building practice.
 

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I had to remove the shutters on my previous house and the shutter was nailed to the plywood sheathing and the cedar siding was butted to the shutter. There was a tarpaper water barrier under the shutter, and the shutter was caulked to the siding.

The shutters were 1 1/2" thick and the lap siding was 3/4" that butted to them.

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Our house is stucco and the shutters are on top of that; no voids. The annoying thing is the mud wasps like to go in though the louvers and build nests in behind.
The Wisteria 'vines' like to get in there as well.
 

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Our house is stucco and the shutters are on top of that; no voids. The annoying thing is the mud wasps like to go in though the louvers and build nests in behind.
The Wisteria 'vines' like to get in there as well.
Stucco? In B.C.? on Vancouver Isl.? An old Spanish Fort? Is there a Terra Cotta roof too? And Bears?

My shutters were decorative only and had closed louvers, or the critters would have lived behind them too. I removed them when I had new vinyl windows installed and they did the new flashing technique and ruff sawn wood 1 x 6 trim and filled in with new siding where the shutter was located.

I seen later where they had plastic shutters that were cheaper and low maintainance, and I could have went that route.

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Nice house and beautiful yard,I see where you spend your time. I like the long overhang on the roof too. Yours has a trim board over the windows, which mine didn't, I like yours better,
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Thank you, Herb! Tiny portion of the 1/2 acre of landscaping. Good thing I like yard work...
I posted the pic because it has the Wisteria heading up the left-middle shutter.
 

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Thank you, Herb! Tiny portion of the 1/2 acre of landscaping. Good thing I like yard work...
I posted the pic because it has the Wisteria heading up the left-middle shutter.
OOOOwhee, Wisteria can take over the world, it pops up all over. A full time job corralling that stuff. It sure is pretty when it blooms. I have Clematis and it does the same. but easier to contain.

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DaninVan nice house.
Thanks for the suggestion.
Well I'd like to take pictures but I won't have the shutters made to replace them so I'll have to build them (raised panel type ) and do any water proofing then install the shutter.
If I have to water proof as suggested I'll fill the cavity then water proof and then install the new shutter a little bigger so it is surfaced mounted.
I'd like to thank all for their input
Stuart
 
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