Hannah’s uncle Andy came to help on July 20th, which was perfect timing because we needed another pair of hands to began the siding process. A big thank you to Andy for helping! The first order of business was to retrieve the siding from the barn that we had it stored in since last summer (link to post about retrieving the siding). We rented our neighbor’s 21′ trailer for the task (thank you Greg).
Siding arrives at the jobsite.
Andy unloading siding.
Our first task was to stain the siding with Penofin (a clear stain). Instead of the time-consuming process of brushing on the stain we built a trough to dip the boards in.
Andy dipping siding in trough of Penofin stain.
Wiping off extra stain from the dipped siding with a squee-jee
Andy putting freshly stained siding on drying rack
Freshly stained red cedar siding on our drying rack
First course of siding goes on!
Adam installing siding
The one weakness in the tongue and groove siding is water infiltration at the butt joint of two boards. With clapboards best practice calls for a scrap piece of tar paper or house wrap* to be installed behind the butt joint. Water that finds its way through the joint encounters a water proof surface that drains it down and out. To solve this issue Adam devised the jig pictured above whereby we would use a router to put a groove on the edge of each board that forms the butt joint. After the two boards are installed we would push in a spline. This sounds time consuming, but the jig made it a snap. *Don’t use house wrap in conjunction with cedar, the tannins in cedar ruin the house wrap.
Spartan inserting a spline in the butt joint of the siding
Spline inserted at the butt joint of two siding boards
First window trim installed. We are using stainless steel finish head screws for the task.
Veronica returns to help with siding.
The siding is stunning, especially when the sunset hits it. We have been getting compliments from everyone who walks. There are also a lot of cars that drive by very slowly with passengers craning their necks.