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Instead of clapboards, shingles may be used for covering the walls of a building, though this method is more expensive than the other. The advantages are in the appearance of the work, the variety of effects which may be obtained, and also in the fact that the shingles may be more easily dipped in some stain and a greater variety of colors thus obtained. Wall shingles should be laid with not more than 6 inches to the weather, and an exposure of 5 inches is better, but even if 6 inches are exposed, there will be a greater thickness of wood covering any particular spot of the wall with the shingling than there is with the clapboarding, and thus a greater protection from the weather is obtained. The arrangement of shingling on a wall is shown in Fig. 278. It will be seen that the shingles are in all cases two layers and in some cases even three layers thick. The width of ordinary shingles varies from about 3 inches to about 12 inches, and for rough work these widths may be used at random, but shingles which are called "dimension shingles," and are cut to a uniform width of 6 inches, may be had and these should be used for any careful work. Also shingles may be obtained which have their lower ends cut to a great variety of special and stock patterns, which may be worked into the wall so as to yield any desired effect. A shingled wall is shown in elevation in Fig. 277. Building paper should be used under shingles in the same way as under clapboards.
Fig. 277. Shingled Wall Requires no Corner Board.
Fig. 27S. Section of Shingled Wall.