Almost Finished on the East Side

The east side is now almost finished. The only section that still needs to be done is the small section forward of the chimney. Once it’s finished this morning, John and Joe will start on the addition’s west side overlooking the patio.

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Obviously, the soffit should have been in place before the siding. It should be arriving this week. The new Soffit will also replace the temporary soffit installed at the roof level.

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The small section forward of the chimney will be finished this morning.

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The siding on the front of the house will be done last. There isn’t much siding to install  because half is brick and there are two large windows.

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Next: The west side.

 

Upper East Side

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Yesterday, John and Joe started the lap siding on the upper east side; it was a lot of trips up and down the ladders.

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Today, they’ll finish the east side.

Next: Starting on the west side (patio side with the box bay window).

Lower East Side is Finished

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John finished the lap siding on the lower east side. The soffit is on order and will be arriving very soon. When it’s delivered, it will be slipped into position and covered by 1×8.

The lap siding boards are 8 1/4 which allowed for a 7″ reveal. The corner boards are 5  1/4 x 6 nailed together (stainless steel nails).

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The East Side of the House

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Last week, John started the lap siding on the east side of the addition. He began with installing a 1″ 1/4 starter strip at the base.

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John marked the studs by using a 2″ coarse thread screw to determine location (or if you have a stud finder, that’s fine too). He marked them vertically to the soffit.

Joe loaned John two “Geckos” (siding gauge). Joe had used them on a previous siding job. A pair of Geckos allows one person to install siding; John said, “They’re like having another pair of hands.”

In the above photo, the first board is nailed in (with stainless steel ring shank nails) and the Geckos are holding up the second course to be nailed. Using stainless steel nails is mandatory to prevent bleeding on the Color Plus white siding.

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Getting the first few boards ready. Each fiber cement board is covered in plastic, so when nailed, the finish isn’t damaged.

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Using the trusty blue 6′ Empire level which is very accurate. Thank you Empire for donating to us a 6′ level and a 2′ level a couple of years ago.image

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The lap siding on the east side goes up faster with less cuts. Joe is on the ladder installing the shingle siding.

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Having Geckos made the job easier.

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Late in the day…

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Almost finished on the lower east side…

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Next: Movin’ on up to the upper east side….