Using a Story Pole for Variable Reveals

Variable reveals can be laid out with a story pole, usually made from strapping. Taper the bottom to a point like a fence picket. Lay out individual areas of the wall, such as from the starter strip to the window sill or from the window sill to the window head, then lay out the ideal (target) exposure for the courses along the stick, squaring the lines across the face and onto the edges.

On the building, mark the location of each horizontal element across the WRB, bringing a line out to the edges of corner boards. Then bring the story pole to one side of an area that you need to divide, and place the bottom at the level of an element that has already been installed (such as a window sill) or on one of our lower reference lines. Rotate the pole diagonally until one of the story-pole lines intersects with an upper element, such as the window trim or an upper reference line.

Hold the diagonal story pole in place and transfer the marks for each course from the pole onto the WRB. These marks represent the bottom edge of each course and will be impossible to see as the siding is installed, so transfer them onto the edge of the trim where they can be read as the siding is installed.

Hold the diagonal story pole in place and transfer the marks for each course from the pole onto the WRB. These marks represent the bottom edge of each course and will be impossible to see as the siding is installed, so transfer them onto the edge of the trim where they can be read as the siding is installed.

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