Posted by Mike in KC on July 23, 2005 at 17:14:08:
I did this on my first home. You have the right idea. I cut off the bottom 24" of the siding and replaced it with new siding. I had Lowes cut the siding in 24" pieces since they can make a nice straight cut on their big saw in the store. I used Hardi plank on the splice and along the bottom by the skirting. I also used it for trim around the windows and doors. You will need to rip the planks in half to make it look right. I used caulk between the bottom of the old siding and the top of the new because the cut was not straight. Make sure you set your blade 1/8 deeper than the wood, You do not want to cut any wires or pipes. I primed and painted the wood and Hardie plank in my basement before I installed it.