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dezandseth 11-08-2012 01:28 AM

How to address corners of shed siding?
Hello! I'm getting ready to build a small shed (7x9) and I'm planning to run individual strips of horizontal siding (I think it's called Hardie siding?). I'm planning to use this siding on the front and two sides of the shed. Can anybody suggest how I finish the corners with this? Do I miter each piece individually? Do I just do a butt joint? Or do I do a butt joint and put an L-shaped edge strip down it to cover? Hopefully my question makes sense. Thanks for your help!


hand drive 11-08-2012 07:25 AM

usually 1x4 or 5/4 x4 vertical corner boards are used on the outside wall corners, the corner board goes up first and each piece of siding butts against the corner board until you reach the top. the siding is then caulked to the corner board creating a water tite seal.

joecaption 11-08-2012 08:02 AM

Why not go on the James Hardee web site and print out the install directions.
There's going to be several other questions your going to have to install it right.
I would never use the Hardee trim they want you to use, way to hard to even transport without breaking, hard to nail up.
Want trouble free, never need to be painted trim? Use 1 X 4 Vinyl lumber instead. Yes it cost a lot more but it last forever, easy to cut and install.
If you use wood I would prime and paint it on all sides before installing or it's going to cup and rot at some point.
They have changed the rules on installing the siding, you have to put a strip of Tar paper behind anyplace the siding butts and not caulk the joint.
Any ends on the siding or any place it gets cut needs to be painted to seal it.
If not it will soak up water and start to fall apart.

I'm not a big fan of any of the Hardee products. Especially for first time DIY'S.
They need to be painted, there a pain to nail, the dust when your cutting is toxic, easly damaged and when it does get damaged once agin is a real pain to make a repair and really hard to remove just one panel.
Looks nice if it's install right but that's about it for me on the Pro's.

I can install vinyl siding almost twice as fast and for less money.
Simply to remove an entire piece in a few min. no painting!
Only needs simple hand tools you already have.

dezandseth 11-10-2012 11:28 AM

Awesome, thanks for the info!


woodworkbykirk 11-10-2012 04:04 PM

if you can get trim thats atleast 1 1/4" thick for the corners. reason being you need a proper edge to caulk the siding to. if its only 1x stock the siding will be proud and you cant get a proper joint to run the caulking in

joecaption 11-10-2012 04:09 PM

Make sure you house wrap the building before the siding or the corner boards.

dezandseth 11-10-2012 06:06 PM

Kirk, thanks for the reminder!

dezandseth 11-10-2012 06:07 PM

Joe, I'll be skipping the house wrap. From seeing other posts I decided the wrap isn't necessary since its just a shed (?)

jklingel 11-10-2012 06:23 PM


Originally Posted by dezandseth (Post 1049116)
...since its just a shed (?)

Which will rot, just like a house w/out protection. Housewrap is cheap insurance, no?

kwikfishron 11-10-2012 06:55 PM

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Originally Posted by dezandseth (Post 1049116)
Joe, I'll be skipping the house wrap. From seeing other posts I decided the wrap isn't necessary since its just a shed (?)

Big mistake....At least put roofing felt on it...Twenty five bucks to save a shed. :yes:

kwikfishron 11-10-2012 08:06 PM

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I must add....Can you link any post that say a weather barrier (house wrap) isn't necessary?

dezandseth 11-10-2012 09:33 PM

woodworkbykirk 11-11-2012 10:44 AM

house wrap is needed to keep the sheathing dry and from rotting. be it tyvek, typar or tar paper. its just common sense to do so. theres threads on another site that show the effects of not having any type of weather barrier on the wall before siding

if you dont do it have fun building a new shed in 5 years

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