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mcwilson 11-11-2006 08:11 AM

Cutting hardiboard siding
 
I am residing my house with 8 1/4" hardiboard siding.
Anybody have an opinion on the best way to cut hardiboard siding? How about handling it when you have to notch around windows, doors, etc, it seems pretty brittle. Do you just blind nail it or face nail it as well? How tight should you try to get it to fit, or don't worry and let caulking take care of it?


Thanks,

mcwilson:thumbup:

Darylh 11-11-2006 12:45 PM

I use a carbide tooth blade to cut it. I leave 1/16- 1/8" space on the but end joints and caulk. I blind nail most of the time so it moves with the climate changes.

AtlanticWBConst. 11-11-2006 06:08 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mcwilson (Post 23398)
I am residing my house with 8 1/4" hardiboard siding.
Anybody have an opinion on the best way to cut hardiboard siding? How about handling it when you have to notch around windows, doors, etc, it seems pretty brittle. Do you just blind nail it or face nail it as well? How tight should you try to get it to fit, or don't worry and let caulking take care of it?


Thanks,

mcwilson:thumbup:

Brittle: It isn't as brittle as you might think it would be.
Also, don't breath the dust created by cutting it.
As mentioned already, blind nailing is fine, no need to face nail it. You can caulk the edges like normal cedar clapboards.

dyoung162@sbcglobal.net 11-16-2006 11:53 PM

Answer
 
All of your questions can be found on the website of James Hardi siding. They have a section on installation instructions. Hope that helps

ncor 11-18-2006 10:33 PM

make sure to use the right fastners


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