Q. When beveled wood siding is going to be painted, should the nails be set below the surface of the siding and filled, or driven flush with the surface of the siding?

A. Stephen Jordan responds: I prefer to see the siding nails driven flush with the surface of the siding. Nails set and filled are very unforgiving of any movement or shrinkage in the wall framing. This movement may cause "nail pops" — the exterior version of the infamous drywall nail pop. Hardboard siding should be fastened so the nail head is...

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