Here’s a step-step guide that enables you install sidings. It’ll help all those who were afraid of taking this as a DIY project and always thought of hiring the services of a professional for doing the needful. You should go thru the whole of this before venturing into it and on not feeling confident at the end of it; you may still hire a professional for doing the job.
You’ll be acting smart by covering the sheathing with house wrap. Leave aside the idea of using ordinary plastic, which could trap moisture, and cause the walls to rot.
How to install your own siding
The first step for installing sidings is to hang the first sheet of wrap from the top of one wall and secure it every few feet with plastic-capped nails. Care should be taken while cutting around doors, windows and mechanical obstructions and a utility knife may be used for the purpose. Then tape or caulk along the edges.
The next step involves the fixing of galvanized metal rain caps over all the doors and windows. Nail each cap in place through its back flange, leaving a margin of at least 1/2 inch above the bend.
The third step is to paint the backside of as many panels as you can before you start the installation. This is to prevent entry of moisture to the panels from their rear side. The paint may be applied with the help of roller that should be kept in a plastic bag after you have finished painting and let the bag be in the refrigerator if you intend using it the next day.
Next, you have to nail a spacer under the first row of siding, so that it inclines at the same angle as the boards above it. You should nail the first row flat.
The fifth activity is to take care of various electrical and mechanical hindrances that you’ll face at this level. The best way to turn around such obstacles and protrusions is to make a cut in the siding at the center of the conduit or pipe, and then join the two pieces together with a metal splice meant for end-to-end siding joints.
The sixth step towards installation of sidings is to measure from the nearest corner to the center of the faucet pipe and deduct 1/8” for the splice. Next, cut the siding and make a notch to fit around the pipe. Fix this piece and cut metal splices to fit above and below the pipe. Caulk the splice pieces and get a matching piece of siding from the other end. Nail it down to its place and caulk the splice on both the sides.
The seventh step is to tell you that while installing new siding around vent pipes; you should measure carefully and cut a hole of the size of the pipe. Slide the siding over the pipe and nail it in place.
And, finally, wherever you encounter a vent pipe passing through the wall, using a saw cut a hole. After fitting the hood, apply caulk.