I'm putting up , 1/2x6" finger-jointed cedar clapboards. (actual board
width is 5 1/4") Nominal exposure seems to be 4". My spacing around a
window would work better if i went to 4 1/4".
I'd appreciate opinions on whether this is too wide. I can 'go narrow',
but that would create some other problems.
The 41/4 will be fine. It would be better to story out all situations
and adjust the exposure well in advance. Check bottom of windows, top
of windows, and any other intrusions. Check where you will course out
at the top - you don't want to end up with some small rip.
When I laid mine out, I designed it so there would be a 1-1/4" (5-1/4"
board minus 1-1/4" = 4" reveal) strip against the soffits. That
leaves a full board at the top. You're going to have to rip one board
in any case.
On 9/2/2013 2:41 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
If you get to the top of the windows and remeasure, you can often change
the reveal to get a full board. Go from the 4 1/4 to 4 1/8 for a couple
of boards, then 4" for the rest. Done in small increments it will not be
noticed by eye.
I certainly don't want a full board at the top. That would be a
5-1/4" reveal when the rest of the wall is a 4" reveal. I don't want
the thin edge of the board exposed, either. I'd rather have the
narrow stip, so the full thickness (full board + 1-1/4" finishing
strip) is against the sofit, allowing normal nailing of the top edge.
I agree that you can change the reveal, in small increments, to make
it lay out right (and make up for any errors).
What is a "finger-joint" clapboard? All the clapboards I've put up
It's pushing it. The boards are going to get kinda thin. You might
get some splitting. If it does, you have to remove both layers. If
you're hand nailing this, I'd drill (1/16") pilot holes for the end
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