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WHMillvale
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# Posted: 15 Jun 2024 13:02
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My cabin has plywood skirting around the foundation. I have people cutting my grass here who use weed trimmers close to the house, which is fine to get a nice job.

Problem is these trimmers over the years have scratched up or dug into the skirting a bit. I'd like to have a means to prevent this damage. Maybe running some sort of flashing along the bottom a few inches high? I also saw various aluminum or plasticized tapes I thought might work. Unfortunately just telling people to be careful probably wouldn't work, with different crew members doing the job, and them wanting to work fast, etc.

Any thoughts and recommendations appreciated.

gcrank1
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# Posted: 15 Jun 2024 13:53
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A row of decorative bricks?

ICC
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# Posted: 15 Jun 2024 19:52
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If you have a local metal roofing supplier that rolls and shapes roofing panels and the assorted trim strips in their own shop they may be able to sell you long flat lengths of the colored stock. I have used metal from our nearby fabricator for many projects.

toyota_mdt_tech
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# Posted: 15 Jun 2024 19:57
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Run a chunk of cedar fence boards horizontal, a peice of sacrificial wood to preserve the skirting. Replace as it wears down

FishHog
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# Posted: 16 Jun 2024 12:00 - Edited by: FishHog
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roof flashing comes in rolls 10-12" wide at any home store. Thin enough to roll out and staple on, but tough enough to hold up to trimmers. Multiple colors available.

paulz
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# Posted: 16 Jun 2024 18:11 - Edited by: paulz
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Never tried one
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darz5150
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# Posted: 17 Jun 2024 03:25 - Edited by: darz5150
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Weed Killer. You can take a piece of cardboard, use it like a paint edger and a garden sprayer, and only kill off a couple inches of grass. If you don't wanna see any brown dead grass. You could put a strip of river rock or box store landscape gravel around the skirting.
If you do the weed spray, you might want to add a bit of bug killer in the mix. (I do) Might help with 2 problems at the same time.
I have about a 2 foot strip of gravel all around the perimeter of our cabin and still have the volunteer pop up greens.

Tim_Ohio
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# Posted: 17 Jun 2024 13:20 - Edited by: Tim_Ohio
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This product also protects from getting too close, although pics are mostly for using it as an edging aid. I do not have one, but contemplating getting one for edging. Watch videos about how people use it and see if it might help you out:

https://edgit.com/products/edgit-pro

I guess you may have to manually adjust the line length before use to assure it's not longer than the outer diameter of the apparatus. Normally, the string length cutting bar would automatically reduce extra string extracted from the spool.

gcrank1
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# Posted: 17 Jun 2024 13:44 - Edited by: gcrank1
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More careful operator(s)? is the cheapest.
Is that plywood ground contact pressure treated? If not it is going to (or is) failing down there anyway.
Just thinking that maybe a run of that cheap black plastic 'lawn edging' along the plywood would be quick and easy, protect what is left and look good enough.

WHMillvale
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# Posted: 17 Jun 2024 15:07 - Edited by: WHMillvale
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Interesting idea to use bricks!

WHMillvale
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# Posted: 17 Jun 2024 15:10
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I have a metal roofing supplier nearby who might be able to sell that material.. Great suggestion, thanks.

WHMillvale
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# Posted: 17 Jun 2024 15:12
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Cedar fence board approach: Thanks, that could work. I would probably prefer a lower profile method like flashing, metal siding, and the like.

WHMillvale
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# Posted: 17 Jun 2024 15:16
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Weed killer approach with the gravel buffer is something I'd not thought of. Very elegant solution and would resolve the insect issue which often is the case here (mostly ants).

WHMillvale
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# Posted: 17 Jun 2024 15:21
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The methods that focus on the operator and not getting too close, or specific attachments, etc., might be impractical here. Were I to be the one doing it all the time, I'd be able to be more careful or utilize one of the attachments. Half the time, the maintenance done here is when we're absent.

WHMillvale
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# Posted: 17 Jun 2024 15:24
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It is pressure treat plywood, and overall has weathered well. I'll look into those plastic lawn edgings. Might be inexpensive and unobtrusive. Thanks!


Quoting: gcrank1
More careful operator(s)? is the cheapest.
Is that plywood ground contact pressure treated? If not it is going to (or is) failing down there anyway.
Just thinking that maybe a run of that cheap black plastic 'lawn edging' along the plywood would be quick and easy, protect what is left and look good enough.


Tim_Ohio
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# Posted: 17 Jun 2024 16:36
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Quoting: WHMillvale
Just thinking that maybe a run of that cheap black plastic 'lawn edging' along the plywood would be quick and easy, protect what is left and look good enough.


I could see stapling this to the bottom edge, like trim. Black might look good.

ICC
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# Posted: 17 Jun 2024 18:18
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I skirted my cabin with cut lengths of ribbed roof panels. The roofing mfg I use cut the panels to my specified lengths, or heights. The metal is installed with ribs vertical. Same material as the roof, but different color. Bottom edge secured to PT 2x4's.

Brettny
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# Posted: 18 Jun 2024 11:00
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We are doing no skirting, theres gravel under the whole cabin all the way out to past the drip line. I just do a bit of weed killer 1x a year.

WHMillvale
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# Posted: 18 Jun 2024 13:31
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Good approach. Rugged and impervious to the problem I'm having, and insect or other deterioration.



Quoting: ICC
I skirted my cabin with cut lengths of ribbed roof panels. The roofing mfg I use cut the panels to my specified lengths, or heights. The metal is installed with ribs vertical. Same material as the roof, but different color. Bottom edge secured to PT 2x4's.


WHMillvale
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# Posted: 18 Jun 2024 13:34
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I've noticed in the past here that folks have gone that same route. I can see it solves a lot of problems.

Quoting: Brettny
We are doing no skirting, theres gravel under the whole cabin all the way out to past the drip line. I just do a bit of weed killer 1x a year.


gcrank1
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# Posted: 18 Jun 2024 14:22
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I also have about 3' of crusher run 3/4" limestone around ours. It locks together pretty tight after a couple rains.

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