siding gauge

clapboard gauge, siding gauge

A device used to space clapboards so that they are applied parallel to each other.
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Installing this stuff by yourself is tough, but it's possible with the aid of siding gauges. These tools not only create the proper reveal (the part of the siding that shows) between rows but also actually hold the planks in place while you nail.