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Old 11-09-2011, 05:43 AM   #1
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nailing cedar claps

just finished installing certainteed cedar impressions shakes.(vinyl).on my cape cod. i have an enclosed breezeway to finish and want to put up real wood. like look of cedar claps that will be painted grey. anybody got nailing info? been looking around and havent been lucky. not sure of where to put nails and what kind, thanks.


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Easy to check the manufacturers website as to the nailing instructions of the siding you choose.


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its pieces of real cedar lap, no directions come with wood. lumber yard giving mix advice.
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You want to hit the studs in the wall.

Nail about 1 ” up from the bottom of the piece. You want the nail to be just above the overlap of the piece below. Don’t nail through both pieces.

Unlike vinyl the nails will be exposed. Use 7d ring shank “siding nails”, preferably stainless steel.
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got it, so the nail only goes into 1 piece, not the 1 it overlaps. but with the nail up that far will the edge start to curl up? or is it best to allow a little room for expansion. thanks
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exactly as kwik fish stated.. the reason for using stainless steel nails is because they wont bleed like galvonized nails will.. the cedar reacts with galvanized nails.. when it does you get streaking on the siding
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Depends on the coating, iron or steel stains happen when the coating is poor or missing at application:
Hot-dipped galvanized as per ASTM A 153, aluminum and stainless steel fasteners are all corrosion-resistant and all can be used to fasten Western Red Cedar. Other types of fasteners (including electroplated and mechanically galvanized) are not recommended. They can rust and disintegrate and react adversely with the natural preservative present in cedar resulting in stains and streaks. From:

Are you installing over exterior rigid foam board? Paper or plastic WRB?



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