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.
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.
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.
The lap siding on the east side goes up faster with less cuts. Joe is on the ladder installing the shingle siding.
Having Geckos made the job easier.
Late in the day…
Almost finished on the lower east side…
Next: Movin’ on up to the upper east side….