Okay, here's another possibly stupid question--when nailing cedar lap siding (I call it clapboards, some call it bevel siding--anyway its the horizontal boards that are thicker at the bottom and the one above overlaps the one below it by about 3/4 of an inch) aren't the nails supposed to miss (be just above) the board below the one you're nailing? Seems like nailing into the very thin tops is just asking for splits.
When we took the old ones down, they were nailed (thank goodness) so the nails didn't hit the one below. Since we removed the existing siding only to the tops of new windows, we could just slide the last board out from under the one above it (though the guy I work with pulled those nails too) and to replace it, we just slid the last board back under the last one that was still up. But all along and on the last one, the guy nailed through two boards at a time. Seems to me that this would split them.
As long as I'm asking questions: On plastic junction boxes, I thought you were just supposed to break the little plastic tabs but leave them attached at the top so when you slid the wire in, the plastic would hold tight, like a clamp, and let you push the wire into the box, but not let it be pulled back out (like a one-way air valve, but with wire instead of air). (Serving the same pupose as the screw clamps on metal boxes). But often I see the whole thing punched out, leaving just a hole that has to clamping ability. Is that right? Is clamping not necessary?
Okay, no more questions.
Edited 4/30/2007 8:35 pm ET by Danno