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Old 03-22-2012, 09:45 PM   #1
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Old 03-22-2012, 09:46 PM   #2
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And thats how hardie could get worse, hanging it on a soffit.

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I used some that was like 1/4"... fragile gunning the edges.

Oh and the lovely dust when cutting.

But it seemed like a good product for the application though...
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And thats how hardie could get worse, hanging it on a soffit.
This guy just insists on it! Driving me nuts. We are doing his roof. This whole project is over 40k (Roof,siding, soffit, gutters and a product called Versetta stone) so I want to be able to do the rest.
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I think even the hardie fan boyz are loosing faith in that stuff. There is just no point in making something so heavy, so fragile, and so nasty to cut. Did I mention you still have to paint it..
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This guy just insists on it! Driving me nuts. We are doing his roof. This whole project is over 40k (Roof,siding, soffit, gutters and a product called Versetta stone) so I want to be able to do the rest.
Then thats what you call a go. My dislike for the stuff has never gotten in the way of my love for money. If thats what they want, thats what want. I would sub that portion so when it fails you have someone to call.
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I really like the pre cut soffit from lp..smart soffit. Can order 12 , 16 , or 24 inch x 12' long. Can get solid or vented. Goes up fast and lots easier to handle than the fiber cement.
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It's fine for running soffit, but for porch lids it really sucks. But you probably already knew that. For my own house I wouldn't want that crap hanging over my head. If you blow through the surface, it will eventually pull down.
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Never used Hardie soffit. I like using Hardie plank though. I never use the prefinished stuff, my customers like to pick out their own color and like knowing in 10 years they can change the color if they want.
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Never use the stuff nor ever plan on it, I can buy quality aluminum panel for half the cost of hardi. plus way easier IMO to install too. The hardi or CF I have seen istalled does not impress me at all. And even though it comes in different sizes I have yet to see a house around that the overhang was 24 or 16 right on the money so then you are back to cutting that stuff. I guess people like it , but not me, see no advantages at all.
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don't hold back Randytell us what you really think about it
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don't hold back Randytell us what you really think about it
Better not Might get in hot water, would kind of like to stay on the good side of things here.
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Then thats what you call a go. My dislike for the stuff has never gotten in the way of my love for money. If thats what they want, thats what want. I would sub that portion so when it fails you have someone to call.
Most of our work is masonry, stucco and cedar, as far as exteriors ,due to resort ordinance. I dig stucco soffit and metal facia , high dollar though. Other than that LP and cedar soffit. Why don't you like Hardie? Never had a problem with it myself.

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I have installed plenty of hardisoffit.... I hate it... Try standing on a ladder jacks or pump jacks with a gale force wind blowing trying to hold a floppy, heavy, 12' piece of soffit and then nail it off. Pure bliss...

A few things to keep in mind...Make sure that you have adequate soffit backing, and install a double 2x where the 12' splice ends. Don't want to nail to close to any of the edges! Also make sure your gun pressure is set so the nails are not blowing through. Better to have to strike it a few times with a hammer than have the nails overdrive.

Also start nailing from one end and work to the other, it is only a 1/4 inch so it tends to sag. Doing this prevents that Factory ends aren't always square either... best to check before throwing it up there. Sometimes on the vented the perforations are not terribly consistent from piece to piece... So you look up after a run is done and the perforations don't always line up that well

It does paint nicely though! I recently said I was never going to install hardie soffit again, and guess what? The next HO insisted on it... At least it was only 12" soffit Never say never

I reinstalled some hardie soffit once that some jackass had installed with 18 gauge pins... Got a strong wind and it literally sucked the soffit off!
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I am not a Hardi supporter, and that soffit blows. I did a ton of apartments with that crap a few years ago. It blows apart if you nail too close to edges, edges are always chipped, it's thin and hard to control, and the dust is horrible.
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I am also going to present the LP soffit to him.

I am not a fan of anything Hardi either but you know...
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I am not a Hardi supporter, and that soffit blows. I did a ton of apartments with that crap a few years ago. It blows apart if you nail too close to edges, edges are always chipped, it's thin and hard to control, and the dust is horrible.
The dust is not the products fault- got to have the right set up.
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I have installed plenty of hardisoffit.... I hate it... Try standing on a ladder jacks or pump jacks with a gale force wind blowing trying to hold a floppy, heavy, 12' piece of soffit and then nail it off. Pure bliss...

A few things to keep in mind...Make sure that you have adequate soffit backing, and install a double 2x where the 12' splice ends. Don't want to nail to close to any of the edges!

Also start nailing from one end and work to the other, it is only a 1/4 inch so it tends to sag.

I reinstalled some hardie soffit once that some jackass had installed with 18 gauge pins... Got a strong wind and it literally sucked the soffit off!
You, my friend, hit the nail on the head. Your opinion closely mirrors mine. Hardie Soffit will last, you can paint it over and over again, but using finishing nails (18g) simply cannot be done. Do not over sink your nails!
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if you gave me that stuff for free i wouldn't use it.
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You guys are nuts. I love hardi soffit. When I build my house, that's what i'm using for sure. It's not hard to hang, but it does take 2 guys.

I don't know if its a Tennessee thing or what, but we use it a lot down here. Banks, houses, commercial buildings. Its great. It's not that fragile. I mean you can't go dropping it or picking it up in the middle or on the very ends like 2 stooges. If you pick it up so the weight is distributed evenly, it goes up nice and clean. It is soo smooth to paint and beats the crap out of vinyl IMO.

Hardi siding, hardi soffit, hardi trim, hardi facia: all excellent products.

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