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Old 08-26-2012, 07:59 AM   #1
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Hi to all, I have been blind nailing 12'' lp smartside lap siding over sheathing and am having trouble with the edges laying flat,mostly on the gable ends where the edges are even longer than 12'' because of the angled cut.Most of it feels pretty tight,can I get away with only nailing the edges?After reading a little it seem common to face nail siding over 8''.I think LP Smartside should have mention that in install directions on their website

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You shouldn't blind nail a 12" panel.

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Grrreat!!! I dont have any experiene with this and was just trying to follow what I thought was the right directions, now what? I am about 2/3 done
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You need to find the studs and nail it off. Use a level or straight edge to mark the stud locations so you have straight nail lines.

The instructions show 2 nails per stud, one on top and another on the bottom and a few other important nailing details you should look up and know.
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Ok, I quess I did'nt understand the directions I have looked over them many times. Did you get that from the manufacture site? I see a heading for 8'' only and the rest of the directions dont specify.There is a heading(nailing instructions) that says to blind nail it accept for windows sills,freeze boards and horizontal trim bands.I dont even know what the the last 2 are.There no mention of widths this applies to.I am using series 38 i.e. 3/8.So its pretty clear I will need so face nailing.But do I need to nail it off every 16'' towards the bottom or can it just be nailed on the pieces not tight on the corners?
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Need to nail all of it, In a neat and uniform manner like previously spoken. What looks tight now wont be once a hot cold gets to it.
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Getting my butt kicked, thought I knew what I was getting into,should have went with a size with less reveal Thanks for help guys
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once you find one stud in the wall you should be able to pull 16" from that stud to find the other studs in the wall, or if they framed 24" centers then 24" would be the number to pull...
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I'd use stainless steel ring shank real siding nails.
Not going to rust, hold like crazy and have smaller heads so they do not show as much.
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yeah its just more nails that I will need to paint over to make them less noticable and they call for sealing anyway.It just can suck when its 2 steps forward and 1 back
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pwa, thank you for choosing LP SmartSide siding.Your finished project will undoubtedly be beautiful. Patrick

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