Locate studs by tapping across the wall with a hammer.
Snap vertical chalk lines at each stud location, typically every 16 or 24 inches.
Bend flashing over the water table so it extends 1 inch up the wall. Secure the top edge of the flashing at the studs with 4d nails. Overlap the ends of the flashing 3 inches, and seal joints with a paintable synthetic-rubber sealant.
Staple 12-inch builder's felt above the water table so it covers the flashing.
Staple two 2-inch-wide strips over each stud line. This creates a breathing space and provides an escape route for condensation.
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for marking story pole and swing stick
for premarking courses and for finding and marking plumb lines at stud locations
for notching clapboard and cutting felt, flashing, and waterproofing membrane
Hammer tacker and staples,
for attaching builder's felt to sheathing alternative: staple gun
Caulk gun with paintable, synthetic-rubber sealant,
for sealing ends of clapboard at casings, frieze, and corner boards
Ladder or scaffolding,
for reaching high spots
for cutting clapboards to length
for ripping down the starter strip
2. BUILDER'S FELT: 15-POUND, 12-INCH-WIDE ROLL
for protecting sheathing at water table, corner boards, and around window and door casings
3. BUILDER'S FELT: 2-INCH-WIDE ROLL
for covering the wall at stud locations
4. METAL FLASHING
for covering the top edge of the water table and window casings
5. WATERPROOF MEMBRANE
for protecting the tops of windows and doors
6. 4D AND 7D STAINLESS STEEL RING-SHANK NAILS
for attaching clapboard and flashing