Adam Greisz – 04:58pm May 7, 2000 SET
Blind nailed corners add a distinctive touch to a siding job. To achieve this I start with a 2×2 and rip a 1/2″ x 1/2″ rabbit out of one corner. Then I attach a 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ piece of flashing to the rabbit with a bead of good caulking and some 3/4″ screws. This allows me to nail the flashing to the corner with no nails through the actual wood corner. For a larger corner I start with a 3×3 or a 4×4 (1 1/2″x1 1/2″ or 2 1/2″x2 1/2″ rabbit respectively. I try to leave one inch standing proud of the sheathing).
Another quality touch that I use is snapping vertical lines at each stud location (I believe nailing to the studs is essential for a premium siding job). When nailing the siding to the house I place my speed square on the snapped line and install the nails(I prefer stainless) in the same location(usually 1 1/8″) at each stud. This makes your nail rows perfectly straight. A small touch that makes for a premium job.
If I am asked to do beveled siding that miters around the corners (semi-transparent or clear) I order the siding in as long a lengths as possible. When I miter around the corner I use the same board, achieving grain matches. In some cases this detail gives the impression that the house is carved from solid pieces of wood. It can give a boat like quality to many siding