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What is this siding called?

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My 1930 "bungalow-style" house has a wood siding that I am trying to find a name (and supplier) for. The siding is made up of 6"W boards, flat on the back, but with rounded-over clapboard profiles milled on the front. There are 2 clapboard profiles per board. What is this called and is it still available? Thank you - Jason Gauthier

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Sounds like beaded clapboards

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From your description, sounds like you might have a drop siding pattern that resembles something I am looking at in a Western Wood Products booklet. The siding pattern pictured is # 117 and is a shiplap style, there is the same profile in tongue and groove as a # 118. Both are 5-3/8" wide in full dimension and close to a 5" exposure when installed. Just because I can look it up may not help you find it. If you can borrow a short piece of siding from your house, that will help when you start shopping millwork suppliers. May have to be custom milling,maybe not, depends on your area and what kind of work goes on there. Hope this helps.

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Locally, (Oklahoma) this is known as "novelty" siding. Used on lots of 30's and 40' homes.

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1x6 double worked.

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If I picture it right, we call it Novelty pattern

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I've just heard that refered to as clapboard siding. You can still buy it in yellow pine at the lumber yard around here. Forget HD or the big box DYI stores, they won't have it. The way the word is said around here is "clabberd siding". That's the old slang.

Ed.

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It is called #117 siding, and is sometimes refered to as Double Tear Drop siding. If you look at it from the end, it will look like two halves of a tear drop.

#117 siding, and #105 siding is very popular on older homes here.

James DuHamel

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jc,

Nice site. Thanks.

The siding he is talking about ain't shown, though.

I'll take a pic of some tomorrow, and see if that helps. I'll include all the info I find.

James DuHamel

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James, hows the quality of syp siding these days? I was impressed with how well it held up in some of the older places around Houston. I imagine it's probrably pretty pricey now.

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The name "double tear drop" sounds like an exact description of the siding I am talking about. I will try to find some of that to compare to what I have, along with the #105 siding mentioned. Thank you! Jason

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Hi Jason,

I'm with Louis and James D. on this one - #117. I see this stuff all the time on the bungalows I work on. It's a 1 X 6 width board milled with a double clapboard profile with approx. 3" claps and has a lap groove milled in the lower edge, correct?

Here, it's almost exclusively redwood or cedar. I purchase most of the replacement stock I need from a local Seattle company that specializes in hard-to-find profiles that they mill themselves - Blackstock Lumber Co.(206) 284-1313. They sell it in redwood and list it on page 10 of their catalog(1 X 6 #117 FJ Clr Redwood/Cedar).

Perhaps if you give them a call they can refer you to someone in the same business in your area who also mills it.

ONE TEAM - ONE FIGHT!!!

Mike O'Handley
Bungalow Rescue - Kenmore, WA

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Thank you for the information on Blackstock Lumber. I just called and spoke with Frank. He is sending me a sample of the #117 siding. He did note the #117 equivalent siding from 50+ years ago may be a slightly different dimension, hence his sending me a sample. If worst comes to worst, I can send them what I have and have it custom milled.
Thank you,
Jason

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I just found the publication at the WWPA site that I think you are referring to. Thanks for finding that! It is either #117 or #118, I will need to take some measurements. Thank you! Jason

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Jason,

Here's a pic of the #117 siding. Next post is another pic.

The siding I took a pic of is manufactured by Boise-Cascade. A web search might give you more info on them.

These pics were taken at the local Home Depot, so I know they can get it for ya.

James DuHamel

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Here's and end view (profile view)

James DuHamel

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JC,

The siding comes in two categories. Really, really sucks, or top notch. Nothing in between.

There are several places that carry the syp siding in various types and profiles. Believe it or not, Home Depot carries the best quality of them all. The #117 siding I took a pic of for Jason was $6.98 for a 10' section. No knots, no spilts, no warpage, no nothing but smooth, clean lumber.

The only drawback I deal with is the fact that the newer stuff doesn't match exactly with the old stuff in size. Gotta do some fudging to make them match.

James DuHamel

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Thank you for sending the photos. I will head over to home depot this weekend. I was thinking I was going to have to have this shipped from the west coast to Maryland. Great to know I can find something (even if a little off in size) close to home. Thank you for taking the time to take those pictures and posting. Jason

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Ypu are quite welcome Jason. That's what these forums are all about.

Hey, I was there, had my camera, so why not? Pictures talk better than words sometimes.

James DuHamel

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My 1930 "bungalow-style" house has a wood siding that I am trying to find a name (and supplier) for. The siding is made up of 6"W boards, flat on the back, but with rounded-over clapboard profiles milled on the front. There are 2 clapboard profiles per board. What is this called and is it still available? Thank you - Jason Gauthier