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    Clapboard siding is available in a variety of sizes. The common width of most siding is 3-1/3,” including a lip on the back of the bottom edge which fits over the top of the siding of the first piece. When installed properly, the clapboard siding will appear seamless.

    Cut all of the siding pieces necessary to complete each wall before gluing in place. It is also much easier to add clapboard siding before any doors or windows are installed. If they are in place already, and can be removed without damage, it is best to do so. However, if the doors and/or windows are not removable, simply measure and cut the pieces to fit as snug to their edges as possible.

    1. Hold the first piece of siding along the bottom edge of the first wall, flush with the corner of the house. Holding the siding in place, draw a pencil line on the back of the siding where it will be cut.

    2. Still holding the piece in place, draw a pencil mark around the window and door openings covered by the piece of siding.

    3. With the siding lying flat, back side up, cut out the window and door openings with a sharp x-acto knife. Check for proper fit to openings.

    4. Draw a line on the outside of the house along the top edge of the piece.

    5. Mark (number) both the piece of siding and the section of the house it will cover.

    6. Fit the next piece on top of first piece. Be sure the lip fits over the top of the bottom piece, and draw lines where cutting is necessary (window openings, door openings, and/or end of the wall being covered).

    7. Cut along the lines. Fit the pieces to the house and number the pieces and sections of the house where they will be glued.

    Continue this procedure until all pieces have been prepared.

    8. Clapboard siding is a thin wood veneer. As such, they are prone to curing when moistened with some glues and paint. A strong adhesive is necessary to prevent this from occurring. Do Not paint your siding before glued to the house. Contact cement, applied as directed, is best to assure the strongest bond to the house. However, this bonding agent is unforgiving; be sure to fit each piece in their correct position when placing the pieces against the prepared surface; you will not get a second chance!

    9. After the first side is finished, continue with each of the remaining sides of the house. The lines of the clapboard should match as you go around the house.

    When siding dormers, angled walls, or unusual shaped surfaces, consider making a pattern of the surface to be covered. However, be careful; it is easy to reverse the clapboard pattern; i.e. install clapboards upside down.

    While clapboard siding is typically installed horizontally on dormers, some older homes had dormers with siding installed following the angle of the roof.

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