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2 years 8 weeks ago, 6:12 PM

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I built my shop in '83 and the wood (those 4'x8' ribbed panels) siding is showing it's age. I would like to cover it with ribbed metal siding similar to my Blitz storage barn. A few questions: What gauge metal do I need? Can I get this a Lowes or a specility store? How do I cut this stuff? I have 10 ft walls & a gable roof. Is there a special gun for those screws that have a rubber washer or do I use a drill with a socket bit?

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2 years 8 weeks ago, 6:24 PM

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29 guage is plenty if it aint bearing the load. I suppose you have wooden studs on 18 or 24 inch centers. If 18 you can run the ribs up and down. if 24 you'll need to run 'em horizontal. Don't matter much just keep the seams proper. No special gun needed. Just a socket will do for the screws but I'd buy a "bit" with the magnet in it. Sure makes installation easier. Steer clear of Lowes and Home Depot, they'll charge way more than a Metal Mart or such will, twice as much in some cases. The metal suppliers will let you choose colors too.

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2 years 8 weeks ago, 6:44 PM

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it would be 16" or 24" stud spacing.
24 0r 22 gauge steel panels.
most metal panel companies if you buy the steel from them they will give you a cutter for them,looks like a big paper cutter only seratted blade to match the metal panel profile.very good and quiet,have a mini grinder with a cut off wheel available for cutting in outlets and and whatever and holesaws for ....holes.

make your first panel plumb dead on if you are going vertical. snap a level line if going horizontal. there are other tricks but i am out of time.

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2 years 8 weeks ago, 6:54 PM

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LBC got the spacing, no doubt. I aint seen 24 0r 22 ga in decades. (literally).
Cheap sheet metal cutting, flip a circular saw blade around backwards and put in ear plugs. It'll cut and it'll roar.

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