When horizontal clapboards are installed, are they nailed (only) to the
Or, to the studs, and between also ?
How do they know where the studs are if they are covered by the clapboards
immediately prior to the nailing ?
I have never seen them nailed to anything but the studs. Because of the way
the siding ovelaps you have two nails in each board, one at the top and one
at the bottom.
If just covered with felt, you can see or feel the studs. If covered with
OSB or insulation board you just follow the prior nailing pattern.
So if you are builing from scratch you now know how important it is to leave
yourself a marker for the stud locations.
Nail only to the studs. You know where the studs are because you
have struck a chalk line on the sheathing or tar paper before you
started putting up the clapboards. If you didn't do that, then there
is still hope - You can use a stud finder!
I am a big fan of the Hardee Plank cement boards. They only need a
nail at the top with no nail at the bottom and therefore no nails
showing as they don't curl after 20 years.
The only drawback is the dust that requires a mask when you cut them.
But they now make hydraulic cutters/shears that removes that drawback.
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