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Feb 28, 2020 - 5:01:11 AM

mander

USA

4210 posts since 10/7/2007

I'm looking on line hoping to price a board of siding, and I come across fiber cement siding. It has probably been around for years, but this is my first experience. I was wondering how well it cuts and nails, and read that one has to "prime" the cut. I know what it means to prime paint, but not a cut. I assume that means, you take two or more passes at it?

I want to bolt an arbor to the exterior house wall, which has siding. I thought if I nailed inverted siding to the existing siding, it would create a flat vertical surface to which the arbor could be bolted. I like the idea that the fiber cement is longer lasting, but if it is difficult to work with, I'm not sure it's the product for me.

Anyone ever use it?

Feb 28, 2020 - 5:23:15 AM

jem327

USA

20 posts since 4/25/2018

Fiber cement siding AKA Hardie board can be cut in a variety of ways, using specialized shears, specialized blades for a circular saw, or can even be scored with a razor knife and broken. It's not hard to cut with the right tools. When they talk about "priming the cut" they are referring to putting primer on the cut ends of the board to prevent water from seeping in. I've done this on wood siding to prevent water infiltration, but didn't think it was necessary for cement board. It is a good idea to put a piece of rubber flashing behind joints to prevent water from getting behind the siding.

Typically if you're attaching an arbor or deck to a house, you would remove the existing siding from the area and bolt a ledger board to the house, then fill the siding back in around your arbor.

youtube.com/watch?v=VzCa2Jt1z5E

Feb 28, 2020 - 6:36:55 AM

mander

USA

4210 posts since 10/7/2007

quote:
Originally posted by jem327

Fiber cement siding AKA Hardie board can be cut in a variety of ways, using specialized shears, specialized blades for a circular saw, or can even be scored with a razor knife and broken. It's not hard to cut with the right tools. When they talk about "priming the cut" they are referring to putting primer on the cut ends of the board to prevent water from seeping in. I've done this on wood siding to prevent water infiltration, but didn't think it was necessary for cement board. It is a good idea to put a piece of rubber flashing behind joints to prevent water from getting behind the siding.

Typically if you're attaching an arbor or deck to a house, you would remove the existing siding from the area and bolt a ledger board to the house, then fill the siding back in around your arbor.

youtube.com/watch?v=VzCa2Jt1z5E


Thank you, Jay, I appreciate the info.

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