Step 9: Attach the First Piece of Siding

Mark Powers starting to nail the siding onto his trash shed
Photo: Kolin Smith
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Raise the frame off the ground onto flat stones, pavers, or tiles so that the wood rests on masonry and can't come in contact with water. Shim the frame until the front supports are plumb and the front crosspiece is level when the back sits against the house.

To square up the frame, measure the inside of the frame from corner to opposite corner in both directions. If one measurement is longer, push the corners closer together until the measurements are equal.

So that you don't end up with a sliver of siding as your last piece, dry-fit the pieces of siding across the side and adjust them until the two end pieces are relatively even. Mark a piece to fit in the space closest to the house.

Rip this first piece down to size on the groove side. Set the cutoff strip on the ground along the base of the side frame and rest the siding on it as you sheathe the shed. This will create an even gap at the bottom of the shed to keep water from wicking up the siding.

Hold the cut edge of the first piece against the house, with the base of the board resting on the cutoff strip on the ground. Mark the roof angle on the board and cut the board at the mark.

Apply construction adhesive to the frame, and press the first board in place on the adhesive. Nail it at an angle through the inner edge of the tongue and into the framing using 1 5⁄8-inch stainless-steel siding nails. Sink the nailheads with a nailset.
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    Tools List

    • framing square
      Framing square
    • speed square
      Speed Square
    • jigsaw
      Jigsaw
    • drill
      Drill/driver
    • finish hammer
      Hammer with nailset

    Shopping List

    2x4 to frame the shed and build the doors. Get eleven 8-foot boards.

    1x6 tongue-and-groove siding. Pick up prestained boards or stain them yourself before installation. Get enough to cover about 75 square feet.

    1 ¼x6 pressure-treated decking to frame the doors and lid. Get seven 8-foot boards.

    Construction adhesive to glue the sheathing.

    4-inch door hinges to attach each lid and the bifold doors to the framing. Get 10. Continuous (piano) hinges to create the bifold doors. Get two stainless steel 30-inch hinges.

    3½-inch stainless-steel deck screws

    2½-inch stainless-steel deck screws

    1 5/8-inch stainless-steel deck screws

    1 5⁄8-inch stainless-steel siding nails