Workshop Build #21: Strapping the outside

  • Advertise with us
Blog entry by ~Julie~ posted 06-25-2010 06:46 PM 2521 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 20: Cupboards on cleats (part 3 of 3) Part 21 of Workshop Build series Part 22: Tools on cleats »

Time to think about putting up the siding on the garage/workshop. First we need to strap it.
The siding will be horizontal so we used vertical 1×3’s screwed into the OSB every 16” OC.

strap 1

Around the windows and across the bottom we used 1×4s.

strap 2

strap 4

The back is a straight 40’ width which is taking a lot of pieces!
strap 3

Before we can do the front, we need to build up a bit of the front small roof and deck posts. We haven’t quite figured out if the strapping needs to go first, or the roof trusses. We’ll start the front posts and see where it leads us. That will be in the next blog posting. be continued…

-- ~Julie~

8 comments so far

View Dez's profile


1166 posts in 4134 days

#1 posted 06-25-2010 09:43 PM

I am envious, not just of the shop but also of the work to do to have the shop! I enjoy the blog, thank you.

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

View PurpLev's profile


8539 posts in 3705 days

#2 posted 06-25-2010 09:47 PM

all this look like so much hard work… not sure I would be able to handle something like this – more power to you!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

View jimp's profile


208 posts in 3818 days

#3 posted 06-25-2010 11:11 PM

Thank you for taking the time to put this blog together.

Since I don’t know that much about the construction field, why does someone put strapping on the outside of a building? Thanks!

-- - Jim, Carroll, OH

View stefang's profile


15881 posts in 3391 days

#4 posted 06-26-2010 12:48 AM

I’m not familiar with the term ‘strapping’ Jim, but I’m assuming it is the vertical wood strips that the siding will be nailed to. Their purpose is to hold the siding away from the wall to allow airflow to keep everything dry in order to prevent rot.

I’m not a professional builder, but it seems logical to me to at least put up the truss supports on the wall so they can be placed without interference from the strapping. That way you could still use a ladder to get the rest of the strapping installed before putting the trusses in.

All this is valid only if I’m understanding the terminology and the problem correctly. You will probably get some advice from a professional builder before long anyway, in which case you will of course just ignore my advice.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

View a1Jim's profile


117160 posts in 3634 days

#5 posted 06-26-2010 01:35 AM

I’ve never seen anyone apply firring to the outside of a building , The house wrap is engineered to let moisture out but not in so I don’t see any need for this approach to siding . Since you have gone this route I don’t believe it will hurt either.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

View grizzman's profile


7836 posts in 3360 days

#6 posted 06-26-2010 02:05 AM

well i think this must be one of those owner preferences…it seems like over kill to me and not necessary , but its your place…a lot of work putting on this strapping…but im sure it will look just great when your all done…sure would like to see the inside of the shop…is it set up…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

View ~Julie~'s profile


607 posts in 3091 days

#7 posted 06-26-2010 04:31 PM

I agree, it does seem like over kill, but most people here do it, to help with airflow. It certainly would have saved a lot of work as well as money to not have the strapping. However I do think it will be easier to attach siding to the strapping rather than the OSB.

I believe we will strap under the struss supports, lots still to do… stay tuned!

P.S. Grizz – you can see some photos of the inside if you read some old blog postings, the rest is in progress.

-- ~Julie~

View jimp's profile


208 posts in 3818 days

#8 posted 06-26-2010 06:08 PM

Thanks for everyone who answered my question!!

-- - Jim, Carroll, OH

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics