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Old 08-22-2013, 10:20 AM   #1
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siding corner post... toe nailed


can a vinyl siding corner post be toe nailed?

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no. you nail through the slots on the nailing fin on it

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i am going through the fin, but have no wood behind that. i was thinking if i toe nailed to hit wood and the post was still allowed to move/expand, it would be the same as going straight in.
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Yes you can.
However, not the best thing to do.

Use nails long enough to hit the wood.
Nail in the center of the nail-slots -
Don't set the nails "dead", tight.

Use the nails on the top slot of the corner, to hold it in place.
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i am going through the fin, but have no wood behind that.
And why is that? That's never a good thing.
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Believe it or not vinyl siding is not intended to cover your rotting or missing structure. If there is a problem it should be addressed prior to siding. It is not uncommon to have to replace some sheathing, window and door components, sills, rim joists, corner boards, flashing, vapor barriers, etc, prior to installing your new siding.
Vinyl siding is fine to cover a failing paint job but failing structure needs to be repaired first.
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the structure is not failing.
the problem is that my sheathing is some type of fiber board, not really strong enough to hold nails. i do not wish to rip all of the old sheathing off due to blown in insulation in the walls.
i have toe nailed a few pieces already and have lined theses nail heads up with voids in the panel areas.
i think it will work just fine.
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the structure is not failing.
the problem is that my sheathing is some type of fiber board, not really strong enough to hold nails. i do not wish to rip all of the old sheathing off due to blown in insulation in the walls.
i have toe nailed a few pieces already and have lined theses nail heads up with voids in the panel areas.
i think it will work just fine.
You do not need to rip off all of the sheathing but you do need to add adequate backing for nailing, anything short of that and you're simply just doing it wrong.
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i can take that no backing directly behind the fin slots is "wrong".
but "wrong" and "can or can't be done in a way that works" are two different things.
i have repaired every piece i have come across and have installed numerous mounts for fixtures. even a large hole in my wall that was rotten and could have a car driven through it.
i am making every effort to do it "right", but some short cuts are allowable in every trade.
so i am not against what is "right", but my question and the topic is "can" it be done in a way that allows the home owner or "DIY" person to not have an issue in the future?
i am a diyer, not a pro... or a super pro by any means.

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