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Walk out basement, drip rail at the bottom of new siding?
ks9391

I have a walkout basement and am replacing the deteriorating masonite siding. I have 9ft pieces at the main level over 8' pieces at the basement level with a drip rail in between. The basement slab does not have a footing raised above the floor slab that the basement wall sits on. Its a treated 2x4 on top of a thin layer of pink plastic sitting on top of the basement slab. Half the wall has dirt with rock cover next to it with about 1" above the dirt. The other half has a poured pad that joins the basement slab with only 1/4" gap between it and the bottom of the existing siding. The pad has near zero gradiant so I have caulked between the bottom of the siding and the pad (the dirt side has a small gradiant). When I replace the deck I will be adding and under-deck ceiling to divert water off the pad and dirt/rock side. My question is whether I should place a drip rail under the bottom edge of the new LPSmartside osb siding. LPSmartside recommends 1/4" separation at the bottom to the drip rail, which will place the drip rail front edge on top of the concrete pad. Will drip rail offer any value to this situation. Thanks

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