Nailing Cedar Bevel Siding

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Old 08-25-2008, 12:29 PM   #1
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Nailing Cedar Bevel Siding

I worked as a carpenter on and off for about 5 years before diving into my current line of work so feel pretty comfortable doing home projects myself. This past weekend I dove into replacing some damaged 1/2" x 6" cedar bevel siding (actually, think the original is fir, but am replacing with FJ pre-primed cedar. It is a 1913 bungalow).

The specs I have seen call for nailing above the overlap so you are not nailing through 2 pieces of siding thus allowing each piece of siding to expand and contract independently. Makes sense.

However, as I try sink the nails some of the boards are pulling a little too snug and one started to split on me. Obviously the board has nothing to snug up against except for the void above the lower piece of siding so it deforms.

Should I just nail through the two pieces at the overlap? Seems like I'd rather take my chances with any movement in the wood than starting with a split or buckle in the new siding.

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Old 08-25-2008, 01:59 PM   #2
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Re: Nailing Cedar Bevel Siding

I'm confused. Are you a do it yourselfer? If so check out the diytalk forum.

Use the face nailing technique. What you won't see is hat if you nail through the lower piece of siding you will be creating a crack on the underlying cedar. What are you using to nail? Either hit it less hard or turn down the pressure on your gun. I've never had the problem you are describing.


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