Q. I am trying to put 1/2x4-inch redwood beveled siding on a wall with a 4-ft. 8-in. radius. It doesn’t seem like a very tight radius, but so far I have only gotten up three courses before a board splits out. It seems as if each piece wants to pull further from the wall at the top. I have some pieces soaking in a tub of water hoping that will make it more pliable. Do you have any suggestions?

A. Cyrus Miller, production supervisor for Common Vision Inc. in Hamden, Conn., responds: Beveled siding will not bend properly around your curved walls because of the gap created by lapping each piece over the piece below. You are, in effect, increasing the circumference of the wall at the lap. Your clapboard is tight to the sheathing at the...

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