12:36PM | 11/25/01
Member Since: 11/24/01
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I'm planning on helping a friend install lap siding on his house, and he is considering Hardi-Plank cement boards. My questions are, do you need to drill pilot holes for the nails, and what is typically done with the nail heads - are they left proud of the surface, or can they be hammered flush?


07:25PM | 11/25/01
Member Since: 09/23/01
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You do not need to do any thing special for hardi-plank.
Cut it with a skillsaw and an old carbide blade.
Nail with hot dipped galv 8d nails, nail along the top 1" of the siding so that the nails do not show when covered with the next piece of siding.
Set and caulk any exposed nailheads and caulk all butt joints


01:00PM | 11/26/01
Member Since: 11/24/01
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Thanks, DH. But as it so happens, I went right to the James Hardie web site - right after my post - and got those answers. And FYI, they say to use only 6d nails; and for blind nailing, they recommend nailing 3/4" down from the top - obviously to ensure they won't show beyond the 1-1/4" lap. But again, thanks for getting back to me.
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