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Old 02-05-2012, 06:26 PM   #1
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I've got a 60 year old ranch house here is Texas that has t-111 over the original 5.5 inch lap siding. The t-111 is junk and will be replaced. A prior owner drilled 1.5 inch holes in the lap siding to blow insulation in. I plan on wraping the home with a vapor barrier and wonder what are the thoughts on Hardi vs Certainteed Fiberboard...? I built a hen house with the fiberboard and a 4x8 sheet it's a lot eaiser to handle than the heavier Hardi. But, what about longevity over the lap siding. I could pull the lap and replace with OSB, but that would involve replacement of the insulation.

Give me your thoughts, I appreciate any and all input.

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I would not attempt to install hardie panel or fiber panel over lap siding. You need a level surface or both will show imperfections, or "telegraph" the surface irregularities below. I believe you mean water resistive barrier, required by code on the exterior under the finish siding.

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I would not attempt to install hardie panel or fiber panel over lap siding. You need a level surface or both will show imperfections, or "telegraph" the surface irregularities below. I believe you mean water resistive barrier, required by code on the exterior under the finish siding.

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For what it's worth, he says he's going to replace the shadow groove over the lap siding, and then side over that?
I'm sure I'm not sure.

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Hey Guys,

You'll have to forgive me, as I do NOT know the proper terms for what I'm discussing. I do understand about fiberboard replicating any irregularities it would be placed over, but I'm thinking about replacing the t-111 panels that are currently mounted on my homes original horizontal board exterior.
This exterior is tongue & groove with approximately a 2 inch depression. My thought was if Hardi & Fiber Board can be placed on wall studs, a span of 2 inches would not be a problem. Can I be wrong...?
Here is a very poor drawing of what I want to cover with one of these new sidings...

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Well, I'm confused- doesn't take much these days....

Pictures would help: How To Post Photos Using PhotoBucket Or Flickr

Check the manufacturers web site for the install directions, both choices may require solid studs or sheathing under them...

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Why not leave existing siding in place, then afix moisture barrier over existing siding then vertical strapping (also provides drainage channel) then new siding of choice fastened to strapping ? Strapping can be shimmed if required to deal with irregularities.
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Thanks Marvel.

That is food for thought....
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Gotta love a rainscreen wall.
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I would not attempt to install hardie panel or fiber panel over lap siding. You need a level surface or both will show imperfections, or "telegraph" the surface irregularities below. I believe you mean water resistive barrier, required by code on the exterior under the finish siding.

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First off GBR is right. under the siding you should have sheathing at least 1/2 inch. Wrap that with tyvex heck even tar paper would work. Then invest in a good quality pair of siding gauges like these http://www.pactool.us/geckogauge/index.htm. I would use James Hardi hands down.
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Those are some pretty neat little gauges.

Thanks for the link.
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they are worth their weight in gold I can do 3,800 SQF house in two days with just three people one to nail one to cut one pack the siding. Once the bottom course is laid it is all out done.

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