Damage-free Straight-edge for Shingling
Prevent unsightly nail holes in pre-finished siding.
I’ve installed cedar shingle siding on many of my projects but most recently was an entire home that called for pre-stained white cedar shingles. In my research, I have found that most contractors including myself use a piece of strapping face nailed to the previous course of shingles for a straightedge. While this works great, you end up with a hole in your pre-finished siding.
A fellow carpenter (@pneuhook IG) filled me in on a trade secret.
Stapled pieces of aluminum flashing to the back side of the straightedge will allow you to fasten the straight edge up-and-under the shingle course you are about to install. A few staples will hold the flashing strips to the sheathing, and I recommend stapling vertically for easy removal.
Run your shingle course like you normally would. Removal takes a few hits to the top of the straight edge. Add an “X” on the straightedge to locate exactly where to hit, which should be the same location as the flashing strips.
I’d love to hear what you guys have done to prevent unsightly nail holes, so leave a comment below.