|Item Weight||9.6 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||14.8 x 5.8 x 1.8 inches|
|California residents||Click here for Proposition 65 warning|
|Item model number||FCG2|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
|Warranty Description||Lifetime against materials and workmanship|
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Malco FCG2 1-1/4 Inch Overlap 5/16-Inch Thickness Fiber Cement Siding Gauge, 2-Pack
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- Allows 1-person installation of siding planks
- Two gauges support the entire length of plank and precisely gauge a standard 1-1/4-Inch overlap - even on a bowed wall
- No adjustments to vary and nothing to mark
- Works on old or new 5/16-Inch fiber cement siding plank
- Will not mar finish of pre-painted siding
- Made in the USA
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Strong, one-piece tempered spring steel construction with precision-ground tip assures gauge will grip behind siding plank. No adjustments to vary and nothing to mark. Will not mar finish of pre-painted siding. Works with 5/16" (7.9 mm) fiber cement siding. Permits 1-person application of panels. Two gauges support entire length of panel and precisely gauge a standard 1-1/4 inches (31.2 mm) overlap.
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Malco FCG2 1-1/4 Inch Overlap 5/16-Inch Thickness Fiber Cement Siding Gauges are used to permit one-person application of fiber cement siding by completely freeing the installer's hands. Two gauges support the length of plank and precisely gauge a standard 1-1/4-inch overlap in one easy step even on a bowed wall. No adjustments to make and nothing to mark. To use the plank gauges simply place a pair of gauges on the top edge of the lower plank then place the next plank on the gauges. Nail the plank in place leaving an area of about 18 inches over each gauge unnailed. Remove the gauges by depressing the thumb tab to allow the plank to go flush to the wall/gauge, lift the gauge up, pull out then down. After removing the gauges complete nailing the plank and hang the gauge on the new plank. Gauges are durable, made from one piece tempered spring steel. Precision ground tip assures gauge will grip behind siding. 2 gauges per package.
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You still need to be careful and periodically check that your siding pieces are level. Adjust slightly if necessary, then re-check every few rows.
Be sure to read and follow the instructions, and they will work great. A good job starts with the very first (bottom) row being installed straight and level. These gauges are not used for that, but come into play for every row above that. This was a VERY worthwhile small investment.
The only thing that takes some getting use to is the release system. You have to push down the little tab to let the new level sort of "snap" flush against the previous. It's just kind of weird. I don't really know why it's necessary, but it must be for some reason. It just takes some getting used to. You'll struggle getting them to release and to get the hangers out for the first couple rows. Then you'll get it and have a good system.
These are about the only way you're going to hang siding alone. And even with a helper, this will make sure your rows are level with one another.
I know they make much more expensive items that apparently do the exact same thing. For the money, these are hard to beat.