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So I'd prefer to use 4x8' sheets of the siding as they're available and affordable. Because I want my walls as high as possible I'd prefer to use 96' studs but with the top and bottom plates that means it's too high for a normal 8' sheet with some overhanging the joists. Instead of buying all 9' sheets could I just buy some 6" trim and transition the siding to the trim with zbar?

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  • What kind of siding are you thinking about using? Most siding products I'm familiar with are meant to be installed over a sheathing (like OSB) & house wrap, and not directly attached to the studs.
    – SteveSh
    Sep 18 at 0:14
  • plenty of types can be directly attached, eg hardieflex,
    – Jasen
    Sep 18 at 1:11
  • SmartSide 38 Series Primed Engineered Treated Wood Siding Panel is what I'm thinking of using. Sep 18 at 11:05
  • Is Hardieflex different from Hardie plank? Everything I've seen about the later says to install over plywood or OSB sheathing.
    – SteveSh
    Sep 18 at 13:34
  • requrements for undelay may vary depending on where you are building, jameshardie.co.nz/web/assets/downloads/…
    – Jasen
    Sep 19 at 2:09
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sure you can transition between different sidings with a Z flashing but you need blocking behind the transition.

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  • Do you mean all along the seam? So, in my picture, I have the studs but nothing behind the actual seem at the transition. Could some simple blocking solve that? Sep 18 at 11:06
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    Yes, 2x4 or 2x6's on edge, flush with the outside edge of the studs. Just like you would install for hanging kitchen cabinets.
    – SteveSh
    Sep 18 at 13:30

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