Fiber Cement Siding Part 6: Gable End Siding

Okay, so we’ve now installed the siding up to our gable, and now we are running into our angle cuts. So, just as a little reminder here when we get up to this point, you want to make sure that you have your gable trim pieces in place. And again, all that is is that one by four pre-engineered trim that we’re using and we are mitered down here against our corner piece, and then we have a nice miter up at our top there again with the 12 12 pitch, everything is 45 degrees. So yeah you just place one one in get it nice and Center with the peak, and then you can go ahead and take your measurement from your peak down to your short point down here. To get your measurement for this piece and then you just put them in place with those trim screws so now we’re ready.

Then we have our first piece here already cut into our our gable section. Here we just wanted to quickly mention how we got these measurements. So what we did here is we just place our block where it’s supposed to go here on the bottom of this piece of siding, and then we just took a measurement from the top or actually excuse me, the bottom of our gable trim piece down to the Top of our measurement block here we had an inch and 7/8 on this side and I think we had about an inch and five-eighths on that side. So we’re running pretty pretty straight. But what we’ll do then is, then we would then transfer on a fresh piece here, transfer that inch and 7/8 up and inch and 5/8 up, and then we can just strike off the pitch of our roof, which is a forty-five degree angle in our case here And then it fits it fit nice and neat here.

So what we can do, then for getting the angle of our next piece. All you have to do is slide your block up here, figure out where it comes in to your trim piece here, and we can do the same on this side. Okay and then all you have to do now is take a tape, measure and measure. From that point to this point, which we have eighty one and three quarters so that measurement is a tight measurement. I like to subtract a quarter inch to give us our play, so we’re going to go ahead and cut our next piece here at eighty one and a half inches and that’s going to be from long point to long point.

So a good tip as long as your pieces are running nice and straight watch. What you can do is you can have that person figure out what that measurement is, which should be seven inches? That’S our seven inch reveal and they can go ahead and mark these out before you actually put this piece in place and then they can go ahead and take that measurement before you actually put this piece up and as you’re putting this one in place, they can Be marking and measuring the next piece and getting that cut and they can keep that rotation going and you should be able to work your way up to the peak pretty quickly here. The only thing about that is you don’t want to get too many sheets ahead. Maximum, maybe two sheets ahead, that way if your measurements are differing a little bit, people that are installing the siding can go ahead and communicate that to the cutter and they can make the adjustments if needed.

So that’s what we’re going to do next, we’re going to go ahead and finish nailing this one off into place here and then we’re just going to work our way up to the peak, and once we get to the peak, we’ll show you how to install that. Last piece, all right, so we went ahead and finished, placing all the pieces on our gable end here and we ended up with our top piece right here. The only difference with this top piece is that we have no place to hide the nail. So we do a couple face: nails which is okay. We just want to try to limit the amount that are showing here, so we did one on the bottom two corner and one up here in the peak.

You just want to make sure that you pre-drill pre-drill those and make sure that whenever you are nailing, let me take extra precaution not to drive them in too hard to suck the piece of siding too tight, otherwise it’ll be too concave there. So after we get that top piece – and the only thing left to do then, is to go ahead and caulk all of our edges here, just like we did with our trim piece or on that hose bib we’re going to just put just enough caulk in there To run right along each edge to make a nice finished, look after the caulking is done, then you can go ahead and prime and paint, and then your wall is completely finished. So the only other thing to mention, then we only did one wall, but whenever we are citing an entire house, we just want to make sure that our corners are completely lined up. So we won’t do that demonstration here, but all you have to do when wrapping your corners around the house is two things: one. You can use a speed square and just line up the bottom of your siding, make a little tick mark and wrap it around.

That way, you know you lined up, and then the second thing you want to do is you want to make use of your soffit and just make sure that you are running at the same height all the way around your building. That way, when you meet up with your fourth corner over here, you’re still in that same that same level, playing field that you are when you start it over on this side. So just be real careful when you take your measurements to go around and make sure your corners line up and then measure down from your soffit all the way around your house to make sure that you’re on that same plane. Once you do that, your house will be completely sighted and you’re ready for primer and paint

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