Small Bits


See the lap-siding? See how the top-most siding is missing? How long has it been MIA?



The siding on the turret is quite thin. Like half as thick as flat-wall siding. I am assuming this is so it can curve? To replace the MIA piece, I took my electric planer (which I love) and shaved a length of new cedar siding to a svelte width. Left over was a LOT of sweet-smelling shavings.



All better! I’m quite pleased with myself. My first curved siding! I feel quite manly.



Because the siding is so thin on the turret, it has proved fragile. Over the many decades people have used flat-head nails to hold the siding in place.



And more flat-head nails. And some cracks.


Flat-head nails on lap-siding?

Hummmm…there is a limit to what my delicate sensibilities should endure.

So, today, I pulled out all the nails causing such an affront.

Tomorrow, I will Gorilla glue the cracks, pre-drill holes, and hammer in FINISH galvanized nails (which have no head). I will then set the nails (hammering them a bit below the surface), and then fill the holes. When I am done, the siding will be held in place…as if by magic.






  1. Derek on September 20, 2016 at 3:33 pm

    Nice! Very satisfying.

  2. Farlena on September 20, 2016 at 5:08 pm

    Yes, it is nice…just lovely.

    A satisfying post for my Cross House fix for the day!

  3. Cheryl DeBoard on January 4, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    Love your site!!

    • Ross on January 4, 2017 at 12:52 pm

      Thank you!

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