Getting starter trim level


Old 07-10-11, 10:53 PM
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Getting starter trim level

We are trying to side a new garage that appears to have been built by not-so-good a framer (we've had lots of issues) Anyway, we are trying to make the starter trim level, but when we start at the lowest point then the trim ends up being below the bottom of the sheathing as we move along the wall. The garage is 44 feet deep, so when we start at the front and move back, to keep the trim level, it goes well below the bottom egde of the sheathing. It appears as though our framer did not compensate for the slope of the garage floor. If we start at the back end and move to the front, the bottom of the trim is above the bottom of the wood sheathing and so it's exposed. It appears as though the total amount it is out is almost 2 inches from front to back. We are unsure what to do. Leave some wood exposed or try to attache the trim to the conrete somehow?? Can you help.
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Old 07-11-11, 03:36 AM
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Make lemonade out of a lemon.

Follow the bottom edge of the wall with the starter run. Forget level. The run needs to be straight but not necessarily level. Measure from the last course to the finish line as you go up the wall. Try to make up differences as you work up the wall to make the top run come out even from one end to the other.

Just my 2 cents. Good luck with your project.
Old 07-13-11, 03:46 AM
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Here is How You Install The Siding Starter Strip Correctly

Installing Starter Strip:

Siding starter strip comes in steel and vinyl styles, I personally recomend you use steel starter strip. If the starter strip being used is 2 1/2 inches we want to allow 1/2 inch below the foundation of the structure we are siding and that would allow us to measure up from foundation 2 inches and snap our line. There is a chance you are doing a reside on a old home and things are not level.

We have to adjust the the siding starter strip according to the measurements we have.

Lets for example say our wall is 30 ft long.

And we measured down from our eave ( Level Soffit Line ) on the left side and come up with a measurement of 120 inches. And on the right side we have 121 inches.

In these cases as one part of the house has settled we need to adjust for that so our siding is level. So here is how we solve this.

We measure up 2 inches on the lowest point of the wall and mark it. We then go to the left side of the wall and we measure up 1 inch and mark it.

By doing this will allow you to maintain a level line all the way around the house.

Now if for some reason there is more then 1 inch difference we need to think about buying wide faced starter strip. Our local siding supply company carries this and it is 4 1/2 tall, and has been a time saver on many of the resides we have done.

Post Conclusion.

Making sure your siding starter strip is level with the wall we are installing siding on is VERY important. If you do not compensate for the settling of a house you will be running the siding un level and your siding install will look terrible. This is the most important step to starting your siding project and it is not to be rushed.

Next thing after we have nailed our siding starter strip to the wall is to install our outside siding corner post. You can find all the details on the proper way to install a vinyl siding corner post here!



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