02:42PM | 02/20/06
Member Since: 02/19/06
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I have this sinking feeling I was givin bad advise so I am hoping someone tells me otherwise or atleast how to fix this problem now that it may be too late.

I am framing a house for myself for the first time and using gable trusses. I have never built a house before this. I was advised on the gable ends to not mount them flush with the wall studs but rather hang them over 7/16" which would make them flush with the osb on the walls. This way the siding could be installed on the walls and directly to the roof truss without sheathing on the truss. This way its a smooth look all the way up. At the time this made sense.

The roof is nearly done now and I have started thinking that this is not going to be a very strong gable end. We have 50-60 mile an hour winds on a regular basis and I am scared of the winds breaking right through the lap siding and damaging everything else in its path.

I will be using hardieboard lap siding, 8.25"x12' peices. THardie board seems kinda brittle. Will it be enough to protect from high winds?

I'm kinda freakin out a little bit about this and wished I had asked this question a couple of months ago.

What do you guys think?


02:10PM | 02/21/06
Member Since: 09/13/05
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On the gable ends using trusses you must not overhang the trusses on the top plate. You have to bring them in toward the center of the house the thickness of what ever sheathing you are using. I would never frame a house without using sheathing. This is a no no. There are instances where buildings are put in place with no sheathing at all except for hurricane diagonal bracings. These are braces installed in a skil saw cut and pounded in. This type of construction was meant to save money. Problem with this is you can literally punch a hole in the siding and go right in the house.

Just install your trusses and move them in to the center. Install the osb and your typar and then side over it.

Good Luck


02:12PM | 02/21/06
Member Since: 09/13/05
7 lifetime posts
I forgot to mention the only time you would overhang trusses is if you are using T-111 as a siding. The upper gable portion would overhang to shed water as the two T-111 pieces would overlap.

I think this is probably what you were told. Just a small misunderstanding.


03:09PM | 02/21/06
Member Since: 02/19/06
4 lifetime posts
ok sounds good, thank you.
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