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#1 wavecloud

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Posted 30 September 2013 - 06:01 PM

Does anybody have a good idea for inexpensive observatory siding? :question:

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Posted 30 September 2013 - 07:20 PM

Yeah concrete block doesn't need any siding. :grin:

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Posted 30 September 2013 - 07:41 PM

I mean for a wood framed building.

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Posted 30 September 2013 - 08:46 PM

He's being funny :). No, it's all relatively expensive. I used tongue and grove 5/8th inch plywood. Looks good and really helps stiffen the structure up. If you go with something thin, consider t bracing to stiffen the walls. You do have a rolling roof on it.

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Posted 30 September 2013 - 09:25 PM

I went to the local sawmill and got rough-sawn 1 x 12 boards for less than half the price of dressed lumber at the building supplies place. (Check out my thread here.)
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Posted 30 September 2013 - 09:28 PM

That's a good idea.

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Posted 30 September 2013 - 09:29 PM

Which thread?

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Posted 30 September 2013 - 10:15 PM

His construction thread on this forum.

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Posted 30 September 2013 - 11:16 PM

He's being funny :). No, it's all relatively expensive. I used tongue and grove 5/8th inch plywood. Looks good and really helps stiffen the structure up. If you go with something thin, consider t bracing to stiffen the walls. You do have a rolling roof on it.

5/8" Fiber board If you are referring to the finished product then Yep ! I did the same thing Inside and Out ,Over here it's called 5/8" Smart siding and comes per primed , Extra Strong needed for ROR is a must I think too, and I have a Dome go figure , I used it inside also knowing I'm going to be banging Myself around in the dark. :drool5:

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Posted 30 September 2013 - 11:56 PM

We used T-111 and were generally dissatisfied with its wearability. (Some have deteriorated after five-to-seven years to the point of replacement.)

Weyerhauser makes a fiberboard siding I have had on my home observatory forever without any downside. It has to be painted, though.

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Posted 01 October 2013 - 01:21 AM

If you look at manufactured Holmes with 4'x8' sheets of Siding on it , that's Smart Siding or looks just like it , where I get it it comes Per Primed for paint 5/8" Thick 4'x 8' Fiberboard sheets , Ive been using and working with it for years ,I really like it, But I do live in AZ where it's dry .

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Posted 01 October 2013 - 04:23 AM

Smart siding for me also. It is quite rigid and takes paint very well. I researched quite a bit, and this was the least expensive option I could find that gave you a "finished" look.

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Posted 01 October 2013 - 10:43 AM

Wavecloud,
You can also consider Hardiboard (concrete). It doesn't rust, rot, or smell bad in wet weather. Paintable or prepainted. Installed right lasts for ~75yrs. If you have 24" framing, you're golden. It doesn't like hard point type impacts (baseballs). I'm putting on my house. I got ~1500sqft for $500. Frame for 24"OC & you can Tyvek wrap the walls & insulate inside.

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Posted 01 October 2013 - 10:52 AM

Startraffic,
I've heard of that stuff.
What format does it come in?

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Posted 01 October 2013 - 11:59 AM

I just used vinyl to match my other out building it's kind of fun and easy to install.
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Posted 01 October 2013 - 12:55 PM

I went to Lowes and they had an odd box of vinyl siding 2 squares left over. It was $200 marked down to $126 I offered them $60 for it and it was mine. More than enough to clad my Obs.

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Posted 01 October 2013 - 12:56 PM

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Posted 01 October 2013 - 01:14 PM

...What format does it come in?


Google is your friend:
Cement board products
You probably want to add in the cost of a dedicated saw blade that's made for cutting cement board.
Installation works the best with an air gun, rather than a plain hammer.
It would help to know what kind of climate you're in.
One usually tailors materials choices to specific areas of the world.

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Posted 02 October 2013 - 01:22 PM

Wavecloud,
I found mine at a building materials auction. It is 9" high, 8ft long, 1/4" thick with a 1" overlap. I'm drilling holes every 24" for decking screws & washers. I don't drive them down tight, just snug. I also got a load of another 4500sqft of 9"x8ftx3/8" for $750. Very cheap but FUGLY :vomit: I don't care what it looks like as long as it keeps the weather out. SWMBO wasn't amused. :ohgeeze:

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Posted 02 October 2013 - 01:42 PM

When I priced out vinyl siding for my 11x9', the prices ranged from $300 to $1500. The nice thing was it was an easy installation.

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Posted 02 October 2013 - 02:27 PM

If necessary I'll bet you could make it look nice by staining or sanding it.

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Posted 02 October 2013 - 11:55 PM

Wavecloud,
You can also consider Hardiboard (concrete). It doesn't rust, rot, or smell bad in wet weather. Paintable or prepainted. Installed right lasts for ~75yrs. If you have 24" framing, you're golden. It doesn't like hard point type impacts (baseballs). I'm putting on my house. I got ~1500sqft for $500. Frame for 24"OC & you can Tyvek wrap the walls & insulate inside.

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I used basically the same stuff on my house,concrete composite 50 year warrantee, only it was 7"wide x 12' long sticks. The difficulty I had with it is in the attachment to the structure. A slight pain in the rear when you use an air nailer,you have to be extremely careful not to put too much air pressure thru the gun or you will blow right thru the stuff very easily. Of course that is the only way to nail it too, with a pneumatic air nail gun.

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Posted 03 October 2013 - 12:05 AM

wavecloud,even though I see that you have commented on a forum of my OBS build and more than likely have read what I am using, I thought I would let you know here that I have chosen to use 1/2" 4'x8' cdx plywood for board and batten siding for the rough sawn look. I am going to paint it over the next couple of days in my garage before attaching it so that it is protected right off the bat. Raining now and for the next 3 days helped in making this decision.

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Posted 03 October 2013 - 09:21 AM

Tim,
Yeah, you have to be careful with it. Too much pressure & it'll blown through, too big it'll blow apart. My neighbor used copper roofing nails with the big orange spacers on his. He made a lot of cracks in his by missing the head or his hand. That's why I went to drilling & screwing. 2 drills one with the TiO2 drill bit, the other with the screw bit & the clutch set to bring the screw to just snug & slip.

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Posted 03 October 2013 - 03:27 PM

I have LP Smartside 4x8 panels on my observatory and house.






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