Step 13: Putting up Siding



Somehow I got so preoccupied with putting up siding, that I forgot to take pics of the process. I’m still not sure I did it right. There seems to be two schools of thought on how to do it:

1. Put up trim on the corners, around doors and windows, and then put up shiplap or panel siding abutting to the trim.

2. Put up siding abutting doors and windows as well as overlapping itself at the corners, and then put trim on top.

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Step 11: Wrapping the House

House wrapped

All right, today is an easy step: we are going to wrap the structure in Tyvek in preparation for installing windows, door, and ultimately putting on siding. Tyvek is a moisture control synthetic fabric that allows your house to breathe, and just like GoreTex clothing – expel the water vapors out, but not let the water in, so if any water gets through siding and from under the roof, it will be diverted away and won’t rot your OSB framing.

Tools needed: utility knife, stapler or Stinger (optional)

Materials needed: Tyvek wrap, Tyvek sealing tape, T-50 staples or cap nails (optional)

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Step 10: Shingling the Roof

Shingled roof

A long overdue update, but it’s finally here: it’s time to shingle the roof. There are quite a few steps in preparation to this, so that’s why it took me so long. With that, let’s begin!

Tools needed: hammer, roofing nailer (optional), roofing nails, collated roofing nails (optional), tool belt (optional, but highly recommended), kneepads (optional, but highly recommended), utility knife, spare heavy duty or roofing blades, siding nailer (optional), miter saw.

Materials needed: trim boards, roofing felt paper or synthetic roofing felt (recommended), shingles, tack nails, finish nails, roofing nails or collated roofing nails (if using nailer), metal drip edge.

First, we need to put fascia on top of sub-fascia and run the trim under the roof on eve and rake ends. Get your trim boards, measure and cut. Use finish nails to put them in place, because we don’t want ugly nail caps shining through pretty trim. Besides, finish nails allow the trim to move as it expands and contracts with weather.

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Step 9: Sheathing the Roof

It’s been a while since my last update, so it’s time to fix it. I wanted to run electricity first, but it’s a whole other can of worms, so I decided to complete the roof first.

Sheathing the roof included more steps than just laying sheets of OSB and nailing them, and a few issues had to be fixed. Roof is the pinnacle of your building, so not surprisingly every small mistake you made along the way that was ‘good enough’ for the floor or the walls starts to manifest itself in the roof, and you have to deal with it.

So, let’s proceed.

Tools needed: circular saw, miter saw, framing nailer, hammer, ratcheting tie-downs (optional)

Materials needed: OSB, lumber, collated nails.

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Step 8: Sheathing Walls

Walls are ready

Walls are ready

Another weekend – another construction update. Frame is ready, so it’s time to cover it in OSB, or in other words, sheathe the walls.

Tools required: framing nailer, circular saw, reciprocating saw, table saw (optional), plumb bob.

Materials required: OSB sheeting, collated nails.

Shed is 12×16, so that’s 4 sheets of OSB on the long side, 3 on the short. Pick one sheet up, line it up straight and square against the corner on the long wall, and start nailing it in. If your walls are indeed straight and square, it’s a no-brainer, other than the fact that the 4×8 sheet of 15/32 OSB weighs quite a bit, and you want to put some kind of support underneath it, or you will never hold it in place level and long enough to nail it in. I used a bunch of 2×4 leftovers from building the frame. Other people drive in a few nails into the floor frame, but I tried and didn’t like that approach.

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Step 7: Framing the Roof

All right, it’s time to face the most involved part of the project. No longer straight cuts, we are dealing with angles now!

Tools needed: framing square, framing nailer, measuring tape, miter saw, table saw, circular saw (optional)

Materials needed: OSB (oriented strand board), lumber, collated nails, Simpson hurricane ties.

My shed is 12×16, so the rafters span more than 10 feet. This means I have to build rafters with the bottom chord to straddle the walls. Now, we have a large triangle, and we need to figure out the angles, mark them on the pieces of lumber, cut precisely, so the pieces align with each other, and then nail together using gussets made out of OSB.

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