Log Siding Installation Guide

Anyone with light to moderate building skills and a log siding installation guide can install the log siding themselves. This type of siding is easily installed on almost all conventional walls, including wood and metal stud walls, block, brick, or concrete.

Tools Required:

•Drill or screw gun
•Compound miter saw
•Large flat head screwdriver
•Table saw
•Wood shims

Install the Outside Vertical Corners

Begin by setting all of the Outside Vertical Corners (OVC). For this brief tutorial we will assume the screws are being applied directly, but there are also grooves in the OVC's designed to allow strapping instead. Using the screws is somewhat less complicated, but the strapped method means there are no visible fasteners when the job is completed.

Put the "D" Trim in Place

Once you have set the OVC, the window and door "D" trim needs to be put into place. Wood shims can be used to get as close to an exact 90 degree angle as possible. Get the angle as close as possible, but don't worry if you can't get it exact. Where the trim does not work out precisely, the siding can be mitered to fit the angle.

Decide Your Installation Pattern

Always start at the corner of the building closest to the driveway, or the side with the highest visibility. This allows you to keep your side-to-side lines straight, and work out discrepancies in the least visible area. When working, you may move either to the left or right, but once you have begun, continue working in the same direction. We will be working towards the right.

Install the Bottom Row

Attach the first piece of siding to the sill plate, using a construction level to maintain a straight line. Screws should run through the top of the tongue, and through the groove in the bottom, and penetrate the studs at a 45 degree angle. Verify that the panel is level before attaching to each stud. This first plate will be your guide throughout the entire wall, and the care taken now will save a lot of aggravation later.

Repeat Until Complete

With the bottom row in place, go back to the starting point and begin the next layer, stair-stepping each layer as you go so that joints do not fall along a single stud. After the first row, only place screws through the tongue. If a screw causes the tongue to splinter, remove the splinters, and continue along the line. Be sure that each piece fits snugly onto the tongue of the piece below it.

Make Adjustments As You Go

Keep an eye out for bulges or curves in the siding. First attempt to loosen or tighten the screws at that location, or use wooden shims to bring the wall out enough that screws can be used to adjust it. If the log siding has a crown, use a large flat head screwdriver to press it down, and then attach it in position.