You're careless, not "clumsy." When you're a constant danger to yourself and others, it can't honestly be dismissed as something so cute or harmless as clumsiness. Reality-check. You lack sufficient concentration, you lack sufficient coordination, you're illicitly or ill-advisedly using drugs, or all of the above; in any case, you're probably in the wrong line of work for how "clumsy" you are.
Well said, renosteinke.
He is using Big Stretch brand water-based caulk, made by Sashco. It's a 100% acrylic, elastomeric sealant. You can pick it up at your local Lowe's or order it online through Amazon and others.
Besides the corded screw-gun and the all-manual lifting, I didn't notice any changes. Btw, what year was "then"? Surely it didn't predate modern flashing techniques for window & door ROs. ;-)
Vinyl Siding Done Right: Use Real Wood or Fiber Cement Instead
Under "smart" wall-framing, your diagram showed rough openings being framed without jack-studs. Is that really smarter than conventional framing, or just an editorial error?
Another fine option: SocomiLam LVL fascia and trim boards.
Corrections: The Hitachi EC12 puts out 4 cfm @ 90 -- not 3. Also, you'll rarely find it retailing for more than $229; you quoted a vague $301 "price" (what is that? retail? MSRP? list?). The Makita's "price" is always higher (usually much-higher) than Hitachi's -- not the other way around.
Also, FYI: Hitachi makes multiple twin-stacks. One of which, the EC119, puts out 4.4 cfm @ 90, and protects its components with the cage and shield you so highly covet.
Also, FYI Part 2: A Jenny but no Ingersoll Rand? C'mon, man.
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