09:27PM | 04/11/07
Member Since: 04/11/07
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I recently had a 26' x 26' standalone garage built, and am concerned by how the siding was hung.

There are about 70-80 nails throughout the garage, poking through the walls about 1 inch. The nails are sometimes directly in the middle of the studs, so no attempt to nail the siding into the studs was made. There are instances of these nails from about 1 foot above the floor all the way up to the ceiling joists.

Is this a common practice? I'm concerned about someone injuring themselves, and I haven't seen this in any other garage I've been in.

Is there a building code that I can reference? If this is a common/o.k. thing to do, what's the best way to cover these nails?

I can provide pictures, if needed.




07:41AM | 04/13/07
Member Since: 03/08/06
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Wow, that is poor workmmanship. The only suggestion I can give is to insulate and drywall to cover it up. They probably have to remove the siding to pull the misplaced nails. That could just cause damage. talk to the builder.


04:10PM | 04/13/07
Member Since: 11/10/06
138 lifetime posts

Think about what`s taking place,......First, if a nail comes through the sheething it is no longer a nail,`s an anchor !!

Wheather or not it`s vinyl sidding or clabboards or espescially cedar shingles, or what-eva,..the sheething acts as an anchoring base for fasteners. It`s 3/4 inch,`s gonna show threw. Usually there is drywall or plywood or ledger boards, cover the interior.

Siding has to be nailed every five or six inches horizontally to prevent bowing or warping, and cedar,two or three per piece.

It`s NORMAL !! smaller nails wont give pinch effect when force tries to pull on it, and may pop out when expantion and contraction takes place.

Do not bend them over, will split the wood or tug on the vinyl and effect the integrity or the protection.

You can use 1/2 inch plywood up to seven feet from the floor up,...should you find yourself going into the space between the framming often!!

Don`t be alarmed either when you see the roof nails comming through the sheething,...that`s NORMAL too !!

Disreguard the first reply,....that person doesn`t have a clue !!

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