How do you attach Christmas lights to aluminum siding?
YOU MIGHT NOT WANT TO TRY THAT. VINYL SIDING HAS NO STRUCTURAL INTEGRITY. THE WEIGHT OF THE MAILBOX ALONG WITH THE DAILY USAGE WILL EITHER DISFIGURE THE SIDING OR BREAK IT. EITHER MAKE SURE YOU HAVE WOOD SHEATHING BEHIND THE SIDING OR STUDS. DRILL HOLES THROUGH THE SIDING SO THE SCREWS DO NOT GRAB THE SIDING BUT GRAB WHAT IS BEHIND IT.
Where can you find a mounting bracket or plate to attach outdoor light fixtures flush over lap siding?
You're looking for a lap siding mount: I was able to locate a large variety of mounting plates for lap siding at http://www.antalproducts.com/ http://www.sidingsaver.ca/ features a siding bracket that allows you to mount many different things to siding. They don't sell products in the US, but you can order online and they'll ship here.
Aluminum is commonly used for flashing and for siding. Aluminum wiring for house wiring has fallen out of favor because of fire hazards resulting from improper installation and maintenance but it is still used for entrance cables. Aluminum can also be found in ducts, vents and window frames. Aluminum is used because it is corrosion resistant and relatively inexpensive.
According to the 2004 National Painting Cost Estimator, exterior siding painting costs range from $25 to $70 per 100 square feet. The actual cost varies with the type of siding and the condition of the siding. Vinyl and aluminum surfaces are on the cheaper end of the spectrum whereas cedar and other wood surfaces are on the more expensive side. The more preparation a surface requires, the more it costs.
Aluminum Scrap Metal will usually be priced somewhere between 20 cents per pound to 70 cents per pound. You will get better prices for having the aluminum scrap metal clean. If it is contaminated in any way (other metals junk steel ect) then it will get less than the current pure aluminum price. As of June 2011 some general pricing is as follows: Aluminum Cans $0.67/lb Aluminum Cans - Crushed $0.70/lb Painted Aluminum Siding $0.60/lb…