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Siding & Trim

  • Squirrels and Cedar Siding

    We installed untreated cedar shingles on the exterior walls of a vacation home in central Maryland. Now the owners are complaining that squirrels are eating the new siding. And the squirrels really are eating it - they're not just trying to get inside the house. Is there anything we can apply to...

     
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    Cutting The Dust From Fiber Cement

    Specialized tools make for cleaner air and a healthier crew.

     
  • Overdriven Fasteners in ZIP System Sheathing

    Q. When fastening ZIP System sheathing to wall and roof framing with our pneumatic nailers, we've found that it's difficult to keep nail heads from penetrating the applied protective barrier on the face of the panels. Won't these holes compromise the moisture barrier's integrity and lead to...

     
  • Fix for Bouncy I-Joists?

    Q: Instead of glue and nails, my framing subcontractor used screws to fasten the sheathing to the I-joists of a new 14-foot-wide addition. While there are no interior walls bearing on the floor system and no excessive notching in the I-joist flanges - and the joists fall well within the APA's...

     
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    On the Job

    Future-proof footings; fiber cement at a clip; squeak reducer

     
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    Decorative Shingling With Fiber Cement

    Pattern shingles can be efficiently produced on site from fiber-cement lap siding.

     
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    PacTool International Siding Gauges

    Hang fiber-cement siding by yourself and guarantee the right exposure with a pair of Siding Gauges from PacTool.

     
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    Malco Products Sider

    If a speed square is a framer's go-to layout tool, Malco's Sider is the equivalent for vinyl-siding installers.

     
  • Glued Wall Sheathing

    Q: Is it okay to glue OSB or plywood sheathing to the wall framing before fastening the sheathing with nails? It seems that this would be a simple and cost-effective way to add strength to a wall assembly while reducing air infiltration.

     
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    Letters

    Insulating knee walls; step flashings not the culprit; homeowner safety should come first

     
 
 
 
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