Manage Foam Sheathing in High Wind
Get a little help positioning the board and nailing into place
I live near the Maine coast where it is almost always windy. When we’re trying to apply rigid-foam sheathing, the wind often catches the sheet, making it difficult to align and nail. To make the process a bit easier, I stick a few little pieces (2-in. or 3-in. squares) of peel-and-stick roof underlayment on the foam panel and I push nails through the peel-and-stick pieces. The squares of peel-and-stick hold the nails, so I can focus on positioning the board and then tack it down. Once the nails are driven, the squares act like washers, so the nails won’t pull through the foam.
—Lary Schaffer, Scarborough, Maine