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Old 10-12-2010, 08:37 AM   #16
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regarding - fiber cement (hardi-plank)


O.K. - again great thread of info!

would you guys recommend using one hardi plank manufacturer over another?
i keep reading about this james hardi (obviously the guy who started it all.)

And, here's a biggie, how do i approach my contractor with this info without making him feel threatened or really annoyed!!!
(He's supposed to be very good but I know he's only done a few houses with fiber cement.)

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One thing I would do is make sure he is certified/trained to install this type of siding. Typically, each manufacturer will have training courses for their products to make sure they are getting installed right. There are certain ways to cut, nail etc this stuff so you dont have problems.

I would just ask him if he is certified to installed this type of siding and ask him for references so you can go check out how his work is holding up.
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he is a contractor and has been building for years but i was told that this is a whole different animal...
a bit worried here but we did see a home he did in fiber cement and of course to us (the untrained eye) it looked fine.
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As your State has an average annual 60” of rainfall (http://coolweather.net/staterainfall/massachusetts.htm), I would research the best way to protect your house from water intrusion.

“And for extremely wet and/or humid climates, coastal areas and hilltop exposures receiving high (40 to 60 inches annually) or extreme (60 inches or more annually) rainfall, a ventilated rainscreen assembly is recommended; a rainscreen system is also advised for areas that receive high winds in addition to rain. Rainscreen systems are recognized by leading building trade associations for their effectiveness in controlling rain water intrusion into wall assemblies in areas of high and extreme rainfall.
Even in dry, less demanding climates, however, builders seeking optimum drying and drainage capability may wish to install a rainscreen or drainable housewrap as added insurance against moisture problems. The cost of using these methods up front during construction is small in comparison to fixing moisture-related problems later.” From: http://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&q=...RvUBSlz4b5thmA

This site is about cedar lap siding but the same drainage plane pertains to your fiber-cement board- notice the joint detail on pp.2: http://www.greenhomebuilding.com/pdf/RainScreen.pdf

The importance of back-priming lap siding (wood or fiber-cement, both water reservoirs) installed on a highly permeable house wrap like Tyvek, fig.2: http://www.dickseibert.com/martin.pdf Especially on the weather side of the house.


Check locally with your building department to use a rain-screen system.
You are writing the check, feel free to work with him for the best job for you and least call-backs for him.

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You are writing the check, feel free to work with him for the best job for you and least call-backs for him.

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That is simple but well put. Don't worry about asking questions. As a professional he should have no issue with answering your questions the best he can. You are paying him to do work for YOU. IMO If he gets upset with your line of questioning he might not be the contractor for you.
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I'm mildly surprised you hired someone before having a plan and a contract to execute that plan.
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i do have a plan and contract already but have questions...i will always have questions...
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