How to Install Cedar Siding
Cedar siding offers a few options for treating corners. Mitering is a popular option to create a neat finish. Follow this technique that uses corner boards.
Measure and cut a corner post, so that there will be a 1/2-inch gap between the top of the post and the eave of the house.
Measure the length of siding needed. Mark and cut the piece to length. Use snips to cut through the flanges. Continue to cut through the material, cutting the rest of the J-flange.
Nail the corner post at the top of the post. Check for plumb. Fasten the posts every 12 inches.
Determine the lowest part of the wall that will be sided. Make a chalk line across the house for the first horizontal piece.
Lay out the top of the strip along the chalk line. Check for level.
Nail the starter strip to the house every 10 inches.
Miter the ends of a J-channel trim piece to fit two channel widths wider than opening of window. Attach the trim piece under window (image 1). Cut the side trim pieces to length, and install them on either side of the window (image 2). Nail the trim piece in place on top of the window (image 3).
Cut the first piece of siding to length. Install over the starter strip.
Nail each siding piece so that it is not driven all of the way into the house. There should be a gap of about 1/8 inch (image 1). Overlay each successive piece of siding to cover the house (image 2). When planning to overlap siding, you may want to overlap the material so that the top piece is closest to the house’s front door (image 3). By overlapping away from the house, the siding appears seamless when looking at the exterior from the front door.
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