Smart Siding Tool
The SoloSider Pro siding gauges work with a variety of siding thicknesses and maintain consistent, easily adjustable reveals.
Fiber-cement siding gauges work great, but they’re limited in the thickness of siding they work with. The SoloSider Pro (about $120 for a pair) eliminates that issue because it works with material from 5⁄16 in. to 5⁄8 in. thick. In use, the tool’s metal clamp on the base holds the bot- tom edge of the previous course of siding, and a large lever on the face locks the clamp. The support arms are adjustable for the siding expo- sure, and “flippers” at the top of the arms open easily so the siding can be dropped into position. The arms also have a white ruler across the back where you can mark reveals. The SoloSider Pro is well-built, and functions exactly as one would hope, maintaining consistent reveals that are easy to adjust and supporting long pieces (16-ft. pieces of 8-in. LP SmartSide) with no issues. I expect we’ll be using these gauges for years.
Ben Bogie, a lead carpenter for Kolbert Building in Portland, Maine.
Photo: Courtesy of the Manufacturer
From Fine Homebuilding #292