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Old 11-11-2006, 09:11 AM   #1
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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?


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Old 11-11-2006, 01:45 PM   #2
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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.

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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
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.
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All of your questions can be found on the website of James Hardi siding. They have a section on installation instructions. Hope that helps
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make sure to use the right fastners
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