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Old 09-18-2017, 07:41 AM  
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I have a cypress acadian cottage. The outside wall structure is, from in to out, 3/4" bead board>1" barge board>siding (no moisture barrier). I'm taking out an outside door and don't know what to put in place of the cypress barge board. I don't want to source antique barge board as it's very expensive and won't show. I have gotten some antique siding that matches well and have enough bead board to cover the inside.

I've been told the advantage of the original design is that the house breaths and should any moisture make it's was behind the siding, it drains out the bottom. Between the air flow and cypress's rot resistance it has stood the test of time. I live in the tropics of South Louisiana, heating is not a big deal, and the cottage sits under live oaks so it's very easy to cool.

What should I replace the barge board with in this thin wall?

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I have a cypress acadian cottage. The outside wall structure is, from in to out, 3/4" bead board>1" barge board>siding (no moisture barrier). I'm taking out an outside door and don't know what to put in place of the cypress barge board. I don't want to source antique barge board as it's very expensive and won't show. I have gotten some antique siding that matches well and have enough bead board to cover the inside.

I've been told the advantage of the original design is that the house breaths and should any moisture make it's was behind the siding, it drains out the bottom. Between the air flow and cypress's rot resistance it has stood the test of time. I live in the tropics of South Louisiana, heating is not a big deal, and the cottage sits under live oaks so it's very easy to cool.

What should I replace the barge board with in this thin wall?

Thanks!
What are the measurement of the barge board?


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Your usage of the term barge board is different than what we call a barge board up north, where it is the end board covering the end of a gable. It sounds like what you are calling out is what we would call plank sheathing.

If it won’t show and you want 1” thickness and weather / water protection maybe 5/4 PT decking would work.

If you can post pictures it would help and also I think everyone would be interested to see this method of construction.
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Barge Board, in these parts, is a rough hewn board measuring approx (very approx) 1" x 12" or so. They were used as planking on the Mississippi River barges, hence the name. They run vertically the height of the room. No effort was made to close the gaps between two adjoining boards where the sides butt up to each other. Or at least that's my version of the story.... you guys know I'm a beginner

I'll take some pics once I get it all apart.

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I have no idea how you attach anything but as bud said you can get wood that is a full 1" thick, may not be as wide. I suspect they were tight together and then dried out
If you can't find wood to match thickness you can get 1" plywood.
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A pic of my old cottage so you understand the theme of the project


These barge boards run the height of the first floor plus a couple of feet into the loft. The only thing you can't see is the interior bead board. That's all there is to these walls.

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These barge boards run the height of the first floor plus a couple of feet into the loft. The only thing you can't see is the interior bead board. That's all there is to these walls.
How will you attach these boards? I guess if you repair the siding first and then add the barge boards behind that.
Or do the interior first.
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How will you attach these boards? I guess if you repair the siding first and then add the barge boards behind that.
Or do the interior first.
I ripped two 2 x 4s to the correct width to take up the space between my pressure treated plywood and where the inside side of the bead board will end up. I toe screwed the 2 x 4s in place on the bottom and on the top there was some barge board that I could attach to. I then nailed my plywood to these home made studs.
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I ripped two 2 x 4s to the correct width to take up the space between my pressure treated plywood and where the inside side of the bead board will end up. I toe screwed the 2 x 4s in place on the bottom and on the top there was some barge board that I could attach to. I then nailed my plywood to these home made studs.
Sounds like a plan.. Some stuff you just don't find in the books.


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