Cedar shake siding

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Old 09-06-16, 04:50 AM
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Cedar shake siding

I am fixing up a 110 year old house that has cedar shake siding which I am going to have repainted. I am replacing many of the old shake panels that are damaged but don't know what to do with the corners, which have opened upon a couple of them. It seems like just remaining them would not work without some kind of cap. They are 5 inch exposure. I have seen the cedar caps which I could install on top via a cedar valley type company but they are very expensive. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
 
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Old 09-06-16, 05:07 AM
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Would installing corner boards [1xs] look out of place? pics would help us better understand what you are dealing with.
 
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Old 09-06-16, 05:21 AM
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I wonder if you could consider placing a few facia boards in the corners to terminate the shakes evenly, by creating a "corner post". It doesn't have to be very elaborate; but would solve your problem.

I mention it because I'm currently re-painting an 1832 house with cedar clapboard and we just solicited input on the color of paint(s) to use on our Corner Posts or Pillars in another Forum:

Seeking Opinions on House Corner Posts - Paint Treatment - Realtors Marketing Tips, Talk, Webmasters Forum

You might goggle "house corner posts" for ideas along that line.
 
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Put a 2x6 cedar on the front corner, overhanging by 1.5". The butt a 2x4 cedar to the 2x6 to finish the corner. This is similar to Mark's suggestion but a 1x might not be thick enough to the cedar shakes thickness.
 
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Actually I was suggesting nailing up the 1xs over top of the shingles .... I've painted a lot of houses done that way.
 
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So here are the corners that I am talking about...I actually framed out a screened in porch and used Cedar Valley 8 foot cedar shake siding to try and match the house (relatively close) after its painted. For those corners, I bought the Cedar Valley corner pieces (photos attached) and that works great (and easy to put up) but they cost $10 per linear foot. What do you mean by 1xs? I cant do one long piece up the corner.Name:  IMG_3563.jpg
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Tolyn: So essentially you are suggesting to create the same thing that I bought from Cedar Valley but to make it myself? And just caulk and pin nail it up? Or would I need to use an adhesive also?
 
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Vermont:

I don't think I want to get into cutting all of them to get the corner posts in. It is a 3 story house and all of the corners don't need the help, only the most weathered ones.

Marksr:

Just cut some cedar into 1 inch strips x 6 (to account for overhang)? Would pin nailing/caulk suffice? Or were you suggesting a different wood?
 
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Wow. Is it all in such bad shape?
 
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I'd probably use a 1x4, you can either prenail them together and install them as one unit [like your prebuilt corner pieces] or install one side at a time. A pin nailer might be ok for nailing the ends together but you'd need a common galvanized nail to attach it to the house.

You can use most any type of wood you want although cedar will last longer than pine.
 
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Most of it is actually in good shape for its age. The rough looking stuff was under a poorly drained flower box for years and needs to be replaced. I think I will cut down cedar and install the two sides directly to the corners. Thanks everybody!
 
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The rough looking stuff was under a poorly drained flower box for years and needs to be replaced
Thank you, I feel better knowing it's being replaced.
 
 

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