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Re: Siding a Timber Frame out building.
« Reply #20 on: April 08, 2005, 02:09:57 PM »

As always, thanks for your input. One question, we really did not want a planed surface on either the interior or exterior of the barn.  Thoughts / comments ? of course at your conveniance, I am in no hurry.

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Re: Siding a Timber Frame out building.
« Reply #21 on: April 08, 2005, 02:51:20 PM »
Jim, you said:
""Or do you nail the large boards hard to the blocking in the centre  line of the large boards and let the edges float? (contained by the battens)""

Yes, I believe this is the correct way. Two fasteners, about 2" (no more) apart in the center for 1x12 boards. For 'neat' looking job, make the fasteners in a straight, level line across the wall, and make a jig to get the distance between the fasteners the same. The job will look much more professional, if that is desired.
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Re: Siding a Timber Frame out building.
« Reply #22 on: April 08, 2005, 05:56:51 PM »
With board and batten siding there are as many nailing patterns as there are old carpenters. Each seems to have "his" own way of doing it.
In upstate NY they use wide batten somewhere around 3" wide. Around here it use to be 2" but I like 3" myself.
I have a friend who has 2" on the sun side of his garage and he has had to replace them every few years as the batten dries up so much that it splits and falls off.
I believe he's gone to 3" now.
But when you decide what sizes of lumber to use and what size battens you should make up a sample wall and see which size looks best, to you.
The drawing at the top of this thread is from a book and it shows the wide board being center nailed only. And the nail in the batten goes between the wide board edges to allow it to float on both sides.
Some carpenters tell me the nail one side only. This nail on this side is covered with a batten and the other side is held in by the next batten. With this nailing pattern no nails show and the board is free to expand and contract from summer to winter.
Some nails can create rust stains and these show when the boards are center nailed. It really depends on you and your surface finish.
If you're going to paint over everything then center nailing might be ok. But if you're going to leave them natural and you don't use galvanized nails you might get some rust stains.


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