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Old 09-28-2014, 01:33 PM   #1
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I've been away for a while but you all look happy and healthy.

I have a project installing a couple of windows into a bare wall covered with cement siding. I've worked with it a little but mostly I install wood siding.
I have to remove enough siding to open the wall, frame my new openings and then reinstall new siding.
I'm sure I can get the siding off but when reinstalling the new siding it leaves the last course with a face nail. Is that how you guys leave it?
I'm using ring shank St Steel nails in my siding gun.

Any tips and tricks on this stuff are greatly appreciated.
....and I hate cutting too...(cough)

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yes you will have to face nail. it is ok by the manufacturers.
Treat it just like you wood wood siding.

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Face nail 16 ga. Trim nail. Why remove the siding?
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I'm removing 100 sf of the existing cement board siding in order to open the wall, frame the opening and install two windows.
Do you have some secret method that excludes removing the siding that the forum should be made aware of ?
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To: All City I'm removing 100 sf of the existing cement board siding in order to open the wall, frame the opening and install two windows. Do you have some secret method that excludes removing the siding that the forum should be made aware of ?
It may not be possible with your project but have you considered opening the wall from the inside?
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If the existing siding is blind nailed, pactool makes a nail cutter than can reach behind the board and cut the nails so you can remove them without damage. From there you would have to face nail to reinstall. I don't think I would rely on a 16ga finish nail to hold. Would rather use stainless siding nails, set them flush and touch up with paint. No guns, hand nail.
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you could put up some trim to cover the nails..obviously..
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I'm removing 100 sf of the existing cement board siding in order to open the wall, frame the opening and install two windows.
Do you have some secret method that excludes removing the siding that the forum should be made aware of ?

Ive done it a few times, pretty straight forward.
From the interior, gut the wall, frame ro and cut out sheathing+siding. Mark out exterior of ro for the unit size plus flanges. At this point if I'm confident Ill figure in the trim and cut back the siding, install window and trim.
If its not going well Ill remove just enough siding to install the window, install the unit then scribe trim on the siding and cut.

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